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Thriving in the Midst of Turbulence: Annual Council Diary, Day One

Spectrum Editor Bonnie Dwyer is reporting from Annual Council, and her exclusive stories are available here on the Spectrum blog.

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Sabbath Sermon: Lee Venden, "Born Twice"

Born Twice-Lee Venden 5/4/2013 from lluc media on Vimeo.

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Our Common Bonds

We live in turbulent times, particularly in the United States, where ideology seems to drive us from one manufactured political crisis to another. Most recently, we have been taken to the brink of an economic abyss through a debt default - only to be given a few weeks reprieve when the cycle may be repeated.

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La Sierra's Adventist Accreditation Renewed

The Adventist Review published this article by news editor Mark A. Kellner on its website today, October 10, 2013:
 

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A Secular Baptism: Dostoyevsky’s Penultimate Trajectory for Sacramental Language

This is the second installment in a four-part series written by a theology major at Pacific Union College.

On April 8, 1966, Time magazine’s cover shocked millions of Americans asking the question, “Is God Dead?” Behind the cover and sudden controversy, four primary theologians had come to similar conclusions that modern man had finally closed the chapter on the Judeo-Christian deity in Western society.

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Business Consultant Hamel to Present at Annual Council

Seventh-day Adventist Church officials from around the world gather at the General Conference this week for their annual business session. A proposed amendment to the fundamental belief on creation is one of the agenda items. Spectrum Editor Bonnie Dwyer will be reporting from the Council, and her exclusive stories will be available here on the Spectrum blog. This story was published today by ANN.

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Report from South Africa: "Missionary" Updated

Earlier this year I received an invitation. I looked at it with interest. It was for a three-day missionary training course being held at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. "Our High Calling" was being organized by a local missionary group called Soul REAPERS (Revived & Energised Adventist Proclaiming the Eminent Return of our Saviour).

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Vegetarians Tend to be Slimmer than Meat Eaters, New Loma Linda Study Shows

This press release, published Friday, October 4, about the vegetarian diet, has already been picked up by a number of media outlets.

Despite similar caloric intake, vegetarians tend to have lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than non-vegetarians, with vegans being the most slender of all, suggests new research on more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists by researchers from Loma Linda University Health to be published in the December edition of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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SDA Senate Chaplain Barry Black Prays During Government Shutdown: "God Save us from the Madness"

UPDATE OCTOBER 9, 2013: Chaplain Barry Black's prayers have been making the media rounds. On Monday, October 6, he made the front page of the New York Times. Or watch this video on CBS News.

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Sabbath Sermon: John Lennox, "In the Beginning God"

In the Beginning God (John Lennox) from effatha.eu on Vimeo.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Odyssey of an Adventist Creationist

In the following article we meet Dr. Peter Hare for the third and final time in this series, “Bringing the Real World to Genesis.” However, this article is different in that he is not the author, but is in conversation in an interview setting. 

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Screaming All the (Third) Way

When I was 14, we moved from Chetwynd, a small town in northern British Columbia (BC), to the big city of Vancouver, BC.  As an Adventist teacher's kid, this wasn't particularly new.  By the age of eight, I'd moved four times, covering the breadth of the country.  But this time the loss was greater.  Six years in Chetwynd made it the closest thing I had to a hometown.  I did not want to move; but I didn't have a choice.

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La Sierra University celebrates new $16 million business building

This article by Darla Martin Tucker appears on the La Sierra University website.

Jill Richards, a graduate business student at La Sierra University is sometimes asked by schoolmates, ‘are you going to ‘the building?’ Do you have classes in there?’

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A House of Idols: An Introduction

This is the first installment in a four-part series written by a theology major at Pacific Union College.

It was white. Well, off-white. I stared at it for a while… and, in a way, it stared right back at me, expressionless.

It was jarring.

A question in the shape of a mental knot had tied not only my mind but also the rest of the class’. How was this art? This just couldn’t be art! Marcel Duchamp’s, Fountain, bore the resemblance of a urinal; in fact it was just that: a urinal.

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This Week in Adventist History

David Trim highlights the first Adventist school in Iceland, the founding of the Ministerial Association, the origin of River Plate Adventist University, the beginning of Adventist medical missionary work in Korea, and the founding of the Illinois and Wisconsin Conference.

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An Open Letter to Conservatives

As someone who is now known in Adventist circles as an advocate for listening to the stories of LGBT people of faith, particularly in the context of the church (see "Seventh-Gay Adventists"), I've had a lot of conversations with conservative Adventists who are sure that the Bible is unequivocal in its clear condemnation of homosexuality. And I truly respect and understand that there are a diverse range of theological paradigms in the Adventist church (and the wider world of Christianity) right now around this topic.

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Sabbath Sermon: Timothy Gillespie, "Serving on Purpose"

Have we been saved to sit? We have to earn the right to speak the gospel into the world.

Serving on Purpose - 7/7/2012 from lluc media on Vimeo.

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Three Angles News - September 26, 2013

1. The husband of an Adventist church member from Nairobi was one of the more than 60 people killed during the terrorist attack in Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall. Harun Oyieke, a university lecturer, was the husband of Florence Awino, also a professor.

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Where Great Minds Meet: A Sabbath School and its Website

Every Sabbath at 10:30am individuals from all walks of life gather upstairs in a lecture room in Centennial Hall on the Loma Linda University campus.  Each week they come to listen to an hour-long presentation followed by another hour of spirited dialogue with the speaker.  Everyone is given the opportunity to ask a question, express a view, or offer an inspired opinion following the presentation.  A timekeeper imposes a three-minute limit on class members who speak during the second hour and one minute on a related interjection into the thread of the dialogue that was just g

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Getting Jesus by Getting Moses

On Friday night and Sabbath morning in Takoma Park, Maryland, the Old Testament lit up the New.

Walter Brueggemann, perhaps the best-known Christian champion of the Hebrew canon, spoke at Washington Adventist University’s annual Keough Lectures on September 20 and 21.  Author of more than 70 books, and always a compelling platform presence, Brueggemann brought his insight, passion and humor to bear upon one question: What do “Follow me” and “Love thy Neighbor” really mean?

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