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October Annual Council Next Step for TOSC Findings

After three years of intensive meetings, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) Chair Artur Stele presented the committee’s report to the General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM) on June 18, where it was simply received. ADCOM took no further action regarding the three possible ways forward in the TOSC recommendations, according to attendees, but will simply forward the report to Annual Council.

Making History: A Review of Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet

A major new book on Ellen G. White was reviewed by Harvard religious history professor David Holland and Denis Fortin in the latest issue of the Spectrum journal, Volume 42, Issue 2, Spring 2014. We are posting Holland's review here. For anyone who would like to obtain a copy of the journal, including the other review by Denis Fortin and an excerpt of the book, as well as reviews of The Ellen G.

Go to Campmeeting Online

It's campmeeting season, but these days, you don't have to pitch your tent. You don't even have to get in your car. Now maybe watchng a service isn't the same as being a part of it, but you can attend many more campmeetings with the benefit of live streaming than was ever possible in the old days.

Altruistic Giving is Smart Giving

First, the good news: As you can see in the ad on this page, we have surpassed our goal in the Global Community Campaign. Thank you so much for your support. 

Three Angles News - Adventist Health System Says It Paid Some Doctors Illegally

1. Adventist Health System, which owns Florida Hospital, acknowledged in financial documents that its pay arrangements with some doctors broke federal law.

Constituents Vote for Restructuring of Publishing Houses

The Review and Herald and the Pacific Press publishing houses have approved the biggest restructuring in Adventist publishing’s 153-year history, embracing a plan that Adventist leaders hope will strengthen the church’s U.S. digital presence and ensure the long-term viability of its publishing work.

Constituency meetings of the two corporations, held consecutively on Tuesday at the denomination’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, voted 153-66 (Review and Herald) and 42-1 (Pacific Press) in favor of the restructuring.

Viewpoint: Headship of Adam or Headship of One (Adam + Eve)?

The "headship principle" has been much discussed as the Adventist Church considers the ordination of women. In a 76-page paper for TOSC titled Evaluation of the Arguments Used by Those Opposing the Ordination of Women to the Ministry, Dr.

Publishing Houses Restructuring Plan Fleshed Out

More details about the restructuring plan of the North American Adventist publishing houses have been set out in a Memorandum of Understanding between the General Conference and the North American Division, dated June 12, 2014.

An Open Letter to the GC Officers Concerning Ordination

The last 20 years of discussion and debate concerning ordination have been a time of deep spiritual reflection and maturing conviction for me.

On the Seventh Day

In November 2009, the Spectrum blog published a multi-part poem by Andrews University emeritus professor A. Josef Greig, called Day Break on the Jabbok. Today, we are publishing an addendum to that poem. 

On the seventh day, at the rising 

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Some Concluding Thoughts that Motivated this Series

Over the past many months through this series we have examined the scientific method and considered significant pieces of data that would seem to either shed light on our interpretations of Genesis, or represent points of caution.

Viewpoint: The “Biblical Qualifications View” in the TOSC’s Final Report

Last week the Theology of Ordination Study Committee put together its final report to be presented to the General Conference Executive Committee, then Annual Council. 

How to Live to 100

Popular social media site BuzzFeed has posted a two-minute video featuring brief interviews with active Loma Linda, California senior citizens. "Age ain't nothing but a number." Almost 250,000 people have viewed the clip on YouTube.

Majority of TOSC Backs Women's Ordination

With a new third option being put forward to members of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee at its last meeting this week, the concluding vote taken was a complicated one.


Large Conversations

Adventism and I have had a rough year. 

The church where my wife and I have our membership went through that well-worn and painful experience of losing a pastor, experiencing conflict with the conference, and dwindling. 

Seventh-Gay Adventists on iTunes

For anyone who hasn't yet watched the film Seventh-Gay Adventists, now is your chance. Today the Seventh-Gay Adventists film has made it to iTunes (English-speaking territories) and is available on iTunes for $7.99. Producer Daneen Akers says the prices have intentionally been kept low to make sure anyone who wants to engage with these stories can.

The film, which follows three gay Adventist couples, has been shown in special screenings and film festivals around North America and further abroad for the past two years.

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