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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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Roscoe Bartlett Goes Off the Grid

This story was written by Tim Mak for the Washington Examiner, and published on September 20, 2013. Roscoe Bartlett is a Seventh-day Adventist who attended Washington Missionary College (now Washington Adventist University) and served as a Republican member of Congress until 2012.

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Postmodern Love: Humble and Faithful Hospitality

This is the final post of a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post has been drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner. Links to previous posts, can be found here.

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Netherlands Ordains First Woman Pastor in Europe

The Netherlands Union Conference (NUC) has welcomed two new pastors, Enrico Karg and Guisèle Berkel-Larmonie, in an ordination ceremony at the Christus Koning church in the Hague on September 21, 2013. Berkel-Larmonie is the first female pastor to be ordained in Europe.

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A Call for Conversation and Wall Cracking

“…she could see by their shocked and burning faces

that even their virtues were being burned away.”

—Flannery O’Connor

We hate ourselves all too easily, and so in its call to love of neighbor the Bible also affirms the love of self.  But it never affirms self-satisfaction.

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Sabbath Sermon: Bill Hybels - "Whispers"

Whispers - Bill Hybels from LifeChurchTV on Vimeo.

A whisper. It’s spoken softly in quiet tones. It’s hard to hear and easy to miss. And it’s often how God communicates with us. Find out what happens when we pay attention to the Whispers of God.

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Woman Nominated to be President of Southeastern California Conference

Sandra E. Roberts, the executive secretary of the Southeastern California Conference for the past nine years, has been nominated to be the conference president. The constituency will vote on her nomination at their meeting Oct. 27. If elected, she would be the first woman to be a president of a Seventh-day Adventist conference.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Geologic Time: The Scientific Evidence and the Genesis Record

A number of articles back in this series, “Bringing the Real World to Genesis,” we met Dr. Peter Edgar Hare, who showed us how the common scientific understanding of the age of the earth has modified over the past few hundred years from a belief of it being on the order of a few thousand years to the current understanding that it is several billion years old. In that former article Hare notified readers that his main goal was to show how science had reached its conclusions about an ancient earth well before radiometric dating was able to confirm these conclusions.

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Three Angles News - September 18, 2013

1. Three members of the Maranatha French Adventist congregation in Lauderhill, Florida are dead and 13 more are injured following a tragic September 14 accident on I-75 near Ft. Myers, when the church van's tire exploded en route to a Haitian Adventist Convocation in Tampa, and the vehicle flipped. The accident was on national news.

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Let's Talk About Syria

On August 21, the deadly nerve gas sarin was released east of Damascus, killing hundreds of people. Ten days later, President Obama said in a televised speech that the US had a moral responsibility to respond forcefully in Syria but he would not do so until Congress voted on the use of military force. Last week, he laid out a detailed case for a limited strike against Syria to punish it for its deadly use of chemical weapons.

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Build Your Own Peace Week

Chris Blake wrote this article for the Journal of Adventist Education, published this summer, about practical ways students can work toward becoming peacemakers. Look at what Union College students are doing. Studying peaceful methods to resolve conflicts - from the personal to the global - can be a useful exercise for all of us.

One week. Every Adventist school. Every year.

This call to action is laid out with astounding directness in an official Seventh-day Adventist Church statement entitled “A Call to Peace.”[i]

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Forum Conference All Over But the Shouting

There were rocks scattered on the tables at the opening meeting of the Adventist Forum Conference in Chattanooga last week.  Attendees were invited to write what they felt was their religious identity on one side of the rock. On the other side of the rock they were to write something in which they believed deeply.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Food with Friends

In addition to memorable Sabbath meals, Sabbath at the Spectrum Café features fresh perspectives on food, community and unique stories surrounding vegetarian cuisine.

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Prayer for a Friday Night

Last Friday evening, Adventist Forum Conference co-chair Brenton Reading offered this beautiful prayer at the evening meeting. We hope that it brings you a blessing this Friday, wherever you are.

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Ordination: The Ongoing Search for Understanding

How do you condense 700 pages of meticulous research into a one hour lecture? On Tuesday, 10 September, Dr Bertil Wiklander, President of the Trans-European Division (TED) made a valiant attempt as he shared the results of his two-year search for the biblical roots of ordination.

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Sources of Variation in Biology Part 3: Emergence and Origins of Life

This is the final installment in a three-part subseries in our "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" series, curated by Jan M. Long. These three articles, written by Mailen Kootsey, address the sources of variation in biology.  Previous "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" articles can be found here

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Practically Living Together: Roundtable Discussion on the Practicalities of Interfaith Relations

The closing event of the Third Way conference was a four-way panel discussion, moderated by Lisa Clark Diller.  It took the form of a series of questions about interfaith experiences and lessons learned, answered in turn by each of the participants.   The panelists were Muslim Amin Issa, Adventists Valerie Radu and Darleen Handal, and Jewish Deborah Levine.  In addition to spanning a variety of faiths, they represented differences of age, race, culture and gender. 

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Gordon Bietz Responds to Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren, author of "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?" spoke on Sabbath morning, September 7, at the Adventist Forum Conference. Several people had been asked to prepare responses, including President of Southern Adventist University Gordon Bietz. This is the response Bietz gave:

Dr. McLaren quotes Ivan Illich:

“If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.”[i]

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