This is the third post in a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.
This week, Riverside, California, Judge Matthew C. Terantoni ruled for defendant Ricardo Graham, granting him attorney-client privilege for the conversation that he had June 9, 2011, with North American Division officials and the general counsel for the General Conference Karnik Doukmetzian and La Sierra University attorney Kent Hansen. As president of the Pacific Union Conference, Graham chairs the board of La Sierra University.
In a statement, titled "An Affirmation of Marriage," Dan Jackson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, sent out the following on June 27, 2013.
Numerous activities among state legislators and courts have recently been occurring in the United States concerning same-sex unions. On June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled on two landmark decisions regarding same-sex unions.
1. Collegedale, Tenn., set to offer benefits to same-sex partners.
Collegedale Commissioner Katie Lamb admits it's odd that Collegedale, with its roots in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, may be first to cross this threshold. "In 40 years the city has changed a lot," Lamb said. "I think people used to assume we were just a little Seventh-day Adventist community. It's no longer that. ...Things have changed in America, and I think that it is time for us to make sure we're treating our employees equally."
I was born into a family and a culture where bread and buns made out of white flour were bought, baking was done only very rarely and then only of cakes, and most desserts were based on rice flour. Moving to North America from the Philippines widened the range of breads and desserts I was exposed to.
“When is someone going to make a really great movie about Ellen White?” It’s not as if people haven’t tried over the years, and not just in films. There have been plays written and performed. One person shows. There is an Ellen White impersonator to greet visitors at Elmshaven. There is even an official Ellen White twitter account, tweeting 140 characters’ worth of daily inspiration with nearly 10,000 followers.
In 1984 the Adventist church merged two of its outreach magazines, Signs of the Times and These Times. These Times magazine had a loyal and fervent readership (a reader survey a year before its end received tens of thousands of responses) and a distinctive editorial flavor, but church leaders believed that merging the two periodicals would reach twice as many people for half the cost. Instead, within a year, the merged version of Signs of the Times had no more subscribers than either magazine had previously enjoyed on its own.
The following was written by Lonnie Melashenko on Friday, June 21, 2013.
My dear Dad just passed away this morning. A prince and a great man has fallen in Israel. He left like he lived. Quietly. Graciously. With gentle dignity. Without demands or harsh words or even a frown, he surrendered himself—a tired, frail, humble gentleman—into the waiting arms of his Savior. Death, selfish and cursed enemy of man, won another battle.
This is the second post in a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.
All humanity is now involved in a great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God, His law, and His sovereignty over the universe. This conflict originated in heaven when a created being, endowed with freedom of choice, in self-exaltation became Satan, God's adversary, and led into rebellion a portion of the angels. He introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin.
In announcements today (June 20) on the General Conference website and in the newsletter published by the North American Division,
major changes were proposed for the Seventh-day Adventist publishing industry in North America. Pacific Press and Review & Herald Publishing Association were asked by the General Conference to consider a merger of the two printing houses.
The ritual of preparing Sabbath lunch, for me, begins with setting the table. That was my childhood task. It kept me busy and involved—but out of the small kitchen where my mother, grandmother and older sister were tripping over each other as they cooked. To this day, it is my favorite part of putting a special meal together.
Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position under God. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil.
God is Creator of all things, and has revealed in Scripture the authentic account of His creative activity. In six days the Lord made "the heaven and the earth" and all living things upon the earth, and rested on the seventh day of that first week. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of His completed creative work. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world was finished it was "very good," declaring the glory of God. (Gen.