I’ve always enjoyed potlucks. Whatever the occasion, it’s fun to try new dishes, and taste the answers to questions like, what is in that unusual casserole? What is the filling in that pie covered with such a crispy crust? Potlucks offer a smorgasbord of new dishes and the opportunity to exchange recipes. And, if you’re vegetarian, one thing about most U.S. Adventist church potlucks is almost always guaranteed: the casseroles, “meat”-loaves and beyond fit your vegetarian lifestyle, as they usually doesn’t contain meat.
This presentation concludes the Advent Movement series at the Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace, CA. Ron Osborn considers Adventists’ changing attitudes on military involvement.
The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California has been hosting a multi-part series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the video below, USC adjunct professor of Politics and International Relations, Ronald Osborn, addresses Adventists’ changing attitude on military involvement from strident anti-war non-combatancy to a much more lax attitude.
The discussion which resulted in the passage this afternoon of GC Document 125-14G, "Guidelines for the Seventh-day Adventist In Responding to Homosexual and Other Alternative Sexual Practices," (version April 4, 2014) began shortly after the last General Conference Session, July, 2010. A number of division presidents and others expressed concern as to the church's proper response to cultural changes, specifically the rapid growth in the acceptance of homosexuality as non-deviant and the related acceptance of gay/lesbian marriage as a civil right.
Up to this point in the series, "Bringing the Real World to Genesis,” we have been reviewing some of the scientific data that leads to conclusions about which there is largely a scientific consensus, with anticipation that minor modifications will occur over time. The next couple of articles will consider the history of Adventist thought related to interpretation of Genesis that lead to the current Adventist predicament.
1. New details reveal the method by which the SDA church became the victim of cyber theft, resulting in the loss of $500,000. During four weeks last year, a church employee's Gmail was hacked, falsely authorizing the release of funds.
Women’s ordination and biblical interpretation were the main topics of the 34
Bradford Newton, the executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference, was elected chair of the Pacific Union College board April 1, at a Board meeting following a special Constituency session called to make changes in the college’s bylaws. He replaces Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union who has served as the board chair for both Pacific Union College and La Sierra University.
An additional video: "Ordination - The Case of Pastor Brenda Billingy", can be found here.
1. Three suspects have been arrested and are in the Berrien County jail after a series of assaults and armed robberies on the Andrews University campus
When I was eight, sitting in church during the sermon one Sabbath, I had an epiphany (although at the time I spelled it “Wow”). I looked up from my etch-a-sketch (early prototype for the iPad) and realized that our pastor was doing exactly what I always wanted to do. Be standing in front of a group of people who had been willing to get out of bed on the weekend and travel for miles just to sit on hard benches and listen to him talk! It was just plain wonderful, and I wanted in on the action.
Many thanks to all of our readers for making last week one of Spectrum’s best.
Our coverage of the conference on sexuality in South Africa sponsored by the General Conference brought 31,062 visits to our website, a 14% increase over the previous week. We had 18,652 unique visitors. And they stayed to read. There were 71,729 page views, a 24% increase over the previous week.
The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 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 was the keynote speaker for the meetings of the Adventist English Association in June 2013. Our book club discussion will run from March through the end of May, with a week devoted to each of the chapters.