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Important Lessons Learned So Far Regarding Women's Ordination

Today has been designated International Women's Day, so it's a good time to look again at women pastors in the Adventist Church. Adventist theologian and administrator Sakae Kubo believes that we have learned some important lessons about the church's attitude to women as a result of the recent studies by the Theology of Ordination Study Committee and the various Biblical Research Committees.

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GC Leaders Plan Conference on 'Alternative Sexualities' in South Africa

UPDATED March 8 10:30am to include comments from the General Conference --Top leaders and administrators of the Adventist church will be congregating in Cape Town, South Africa, in a little over a week for the ‘In God’s Image:’ Scripture, Sexuality, and Society Summit.

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Sabbath Sermon: Mark A Noll, "Scriptura Sola After Nearly 500 Years: A Protestant Blessing or a Protestant Curse?"

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Judge Rules In Favor of La Sierra

A California Superior Court judge granted a summary judgment on Wednesday in favor of La Sierra University in a lawsuit filed by three former La Sierra administrators and faculty members.

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Columbia Union Names First Woman Vice President

The Columbia Union Conference in the Mid-Atlantic has appointed its first woman vice president. Today at the Union’s executive committee spring meetings, Celeste Ryan Blyden was promoted from assistant to the president for communication to vice president for strategic communication and public relations. 

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Columbia Union President Prays in US Senate

Columbia Union President Dave Weigley offered the opening prayer on Tuesday for the US Senate, at the invitation of US Senate Chaplain Barry Black. 

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Does the Timing of Creation Really Matter?

I would like to propose a different interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2, which removes the problems linked to a "6,000-year-old earth" dating of the creation as outlined in the Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Many would argue, maybe rightly, that the position taken by the church raises a number of hard-to-solve problems, which are conveniently ignored by most for fear of being labelled heretics.&nb

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Caring for Words Book Club: Love Words

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

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Sabbath Sermon: Chris Oberg, "Life Among the Living"

Life Among the Living from La Sierra University Church on Vimeo.

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Oxford University Press Releases "Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet"

Oxford University Press may be the latest facilitator of present truth on the life of Ellen White. Oxford has made available for preorder its tome, "Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet," edited by Terrie Dopp Aamodt, Gary Land, and Ronald L. Numbers. Publication is slated for May 16, 2014, and pre-ordered copies will be shipped on April 18.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: International Night

If Adventists had an app for rating church potlucks, the Mountain View Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church might have the best local reviews.

I recently moved to California’s Bay Area, where advice abounds for newcomers. Bring a coat—everywhere. Don’t drive; take public transit. Learn the basics of computer programming. But, the tip that I heard most was, “Go to the Mountain View Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church—they have the best potlucks.”

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Three Angles News: Adventist Health Settles Whistle-blower Suit

Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc., the parent company of Orlando-based Florida Hospital, has settled a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging systematic overcharging at seven Adventist Health hospitals. The lawsuit could have brought damages in excess of $100 million according to one report.

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Caring for Words Book Club: Why Worry About Words?

Introductory Note:
Welcome to the Book Club discussion of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies (Eerdmans 2009), by Marilyn McEntyre, professor of medical humanities at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. McEntyre is also the author of three books of poems, including The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh’s Late Paintings (2007), and other books of scholarly and general interest. I became acquainted with her writing through her poetry books, and when Caring for Words came out and I read it and filed away the idea that it would be great to have her come to Andrews University.

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28 Fundamental Beliefs: If Loughborough Were Resurrected...

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California is hosting a three-month series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the presentation below from February 22, Dr. John Brunt, senior pastor of the Azure Hills Church examines the story of how Adventists came to hold 28 Fundamental Beliefs, and asks whether formulating the Fundamentals constitutes progress or regress when compared with the attitudes and beliefs of Adventism's founding members.

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Sabbath Un-sermon: Douglas M. Johnston, "Faith-Based Diplomacy: Bridging the Religious Divide"

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Academic Freedom Conflict at PUC Makes Local Paper, Chronicle of Higher Education

The dispute between some faculty members and the administration at Pacific Union College over academic freedom and the content of lectures in the psychology department - though now largely resolved, according to those on both sides of the conflict - has captured attention beyond the confines of Adventist academia, even making th

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La Sierra University Lawsuit Falling Apart

The ongoing lawsuit at La Sierra University, brought by three former administration and faculty members, seems to be falling apart, according to a recent analysis by Michael Peabody, an attorney in Los Angeles, the editor of 

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Tracing Barack Obama's Adventist Family Ties

 

Dr. Benjamin Baker, assistant archivist for the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, offers a very brief history on President Barack Obama's family connections to the Adventist church, and how members of his Kenyan family heard the Adventist message.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Rating the Creation and the Big Bang

As a believing geophysicist, George P. Saxon, in the accompanying article, explains why we need to be reading Genesis with less literalism and more realism, due to known laws of physics.

 

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Three Angles News - February 17, 2014

1. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former Alabama Governor George Wallace who was famous for his "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow!" political stance, embraced Karen Lowery, daughter of Civil Rights icon Reverend Joseph Lowery, after they each received awards at Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, February 8.

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