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Conference on Health Draws Big Names to Geneva

Last week, 1,150 people met in Geneva, Switzerland, to talk about health. The Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle, organized by the church’s Health Ministries Department, brought together health professionals and Adventist leaders from 81 countries.

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The First Step in Apostasy: The Anti-Creedalism of Charles Beecher

Sometimes Adventists have been so keen on identifying and describing the sequence of empires in Daniel and Revelation as a fulfillment of prophecy that they fail to consider what an “empire” is all about. 

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Adventist Culture Wars: The Beauty of Diversity

Years ago, I was riding in the back seat of a mini-van with a friend of mine as his aunt and some other ladies argued about a Bible verse in the book of Revelation. The argument got so intense that my friend leaned over and said to me, "You see? This is why I don't go to church." On one hand, my friend had a good point: There is lots of dumb stuff in church.

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Viewpoint: Will Jamaica Stand Firm in One Love and Mutual Respect?

A number of Jamaicans, myself among them, are finding it difficult to process what, exactly, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding (once regarded as the country’s “most cerebral” prime minister), wanted to communicate to a wide newspaper readership in his June 22, 2014 Sunday Gleaner op-ed, “Yield No Ground to Gays.&

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Sabbath Sermon: Martin E. Marty, "Mapping American Spiritualities"

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The Cost of Discipleship – 1: Grace

This is the first post in a nine-part series for Spectrum’s 2014 Summer Reading Group.

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Raafat Kamal Confirmed as New TED President

The General Conference Executive Committee elected Pastor Raafat Kamal as the new president of the Trans European Division today, following his recommendation by the TED executive committee. Kamal, originally from Lebanon, will replace Bertil Wiklander, who served as TED president for 19 years.

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Three Angles News - Church Claimed Negligent in Sexual Abuse Case

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Ohio Conference President Did Not Know about Pipim's Re-Baptism Until After It Happened

In today's Faithpoints newsletter from the Ohio Conference, conference president Ron Halvorsen, Jr, made a statement about Samuel Koranteng-Pipim's re-baptism in his conference on

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Growing Up Adventist: Faith and Science

I am an Adventist amalgamation of my grandfathers.  One was a second-generation Adventist pastor, evangelist, and chaplain.  The other was a convert to Adventism while working as a machinist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and a lifelong enthusiast of Scientific American.  

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Viewpoint: Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom from Consequences

As an Adventist minister, I’ve followed with more than casual interest Dr.

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Summer Reading Group: The Cost of Discipleship

The summer is well underway and once again we’re planning to blog through a book together.

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Adventist Alert at Haystack.tv, and The Review Gets into Video Sharing

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This Week in Adventist History: General Conference Sessions Through the Years

Every five years, the first week of July marks the General Conference Session, when the world church gets together. The last GC was held in the Georgia Dome, with more than 2,000 delegates and about 70,000 attendees from all over the globe. The next General Conference will be a year from now in San Antonio, Texas.

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Overcoming the LGT Formula

I love the gospel. There is so much power and beauty in it — it is the one biblical theme I never get tired of.

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Sabbath Sermon: John Ortberg, "What is the Gospel Jesus Came to Preach?"

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Join Us for the 2014 Spectrum/AF Conference

The 2014 Spectrum/Adventist Forum Conference will take place October 3-5 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.  Entitled The Great Adventist Stories, it will highlight different perspectives on the original and ongoing story of The Great Controversy, the relatively recent trauma of The Great Disappointment and our communal longing for The Great Advent Hope.  These shared Adventist stories are all grounded in the stories of the Bible which find common ground

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New Trans European Division President Nominated

Raafat Kamal, the field secretary and assistant to the president of the Trans European Division, has been nominated to serve as the new president of the Division in a meeting of the Division Executive Committee with General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson. The nomination goes to the July 10 meeting of the General Conference Administrative Committee for approval.

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Three Angles News - Calls for Prayers and Offerings in Ukraine

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Michigan Conference Did Not Support Pipim's Re-Baptism

The president of the Michigan Conference, Jay Gallimore, sent a memo yesterday to all conference ministers and staff, saying he believed the Ann Arbor Church had made the right decision not to re-baptize Samuel-Koranteng Pipim "at this time," and that "rebaptism does not necessarily reestablish spiritual leadership."

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