Sakae Kubo wrote on March 8 "Important Lessons Learned So Far Regarding Women's Ordination." The article generated numerous comments, to some of which Kubo responds below. -Blog Editor
The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California is hosting a three-month series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the presentation below from March 8, Warren Johns discusses Ellen White's scientific claims--their derivation, their accuracy and their evolution (no pun intended). Questions dealt with: Does Ellen White offer the church today a “textbook on science”? Can inspired writings have scientific errors without undermining their inspiration?
The Napa Valley Register reports that Pacific Union College won a legal case that allows the institution to sell its land to a new developer. This comes after legal wrangling with a previous developer after the Angwin land sale fell through. According to the Register:
[Developer] Curt Johansen, had been partnering with PUC for years until a disagreement in 2012 lead the college to break off negotiations. The unhappy developer, operating under the name Sustainable Community Partners (SCP), filed suit to hamper the sale of PUC land to another developer.
The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, in a special NewsPoints bulletin, sought to distance itself from "Preacher's Daughters," a reality show that features the daughter of an Adventist pastor in its second season. The bulletin stated,
It has come to our attention that a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and his family are included in a reality television show on the Lifetime Network.
Today has been designated International Women's Day, so it's a good time to look again at women pastors in the Adventist Church. Adventist theologian and administrator Sakae Kubo believes that we have learned some important lessons about the church's attitude to women as a result of the recent studies by the Theology of Ordination Study Committee and the various Biblical Research Committees.
UPDATED March 8 10:30am to include comments from the General Conference --Top leaders and administrators of the Adventist church will be congregating in Cape Town, South Africa, in a little over a week for the ‘In God’s Image:’ Scripture, Sexuality, and Society Summit.
The Columbia Union Conference in the Mid-Atlantic has appointed its first woman vice president. Today at the Union’s executive committee spring meetings, Celeste Ryan Blyden was promoted from assistant to the president for communication to vice president for strategic communication and public relations.
I would like to propose a different interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2, which removes the problems linked to a "6,000-year-old earth" dating of the creation as outlined in the Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Many would argue, maybe rightly, that the position taken by the church raises a number of hard-to-solve problems, which are conveniently ignored by most for fear of being labelled heretics.&nb
Oxford University Press may be the latest facilitator of present truth on the life of Ellen White. Oxford has made available for preorder its tome, "Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet," edited by Terrie Dopp Aamodt, Gary Land, and Ronald L. Numbers. Publication is slated for May 16, 2014, and pre-ordered copies will be shipped on April 18.
If Adventists had an app for rating church potlucks, the Mountain View Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church might have the best local reviews.
I recently moved to California’s Bay Area, where advice abounds for newcomers. Bring a coat—everywhere. Don’t drive; take public transit. Learn the basics of computer programming. But, the tip that I heard most was, “Go to the Mountain View Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church—they have the best potlucks.”
Welcome to the Book Club discussion of 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 is also the author of three books of poems, including The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh’s Late Paintings (2007), and other books of scholarly and general interest. I became acquainted with her writing through her poetry books, and when Caring for Words came out and I read it and filed away the idea that it would be great to have her come to Andrews University.
The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California is hosting a three-month series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the presentation below from February 22, Dr. John Brunt, senior pastor of the Azure Hills Church examines the story of how Adventists came to hold 28 Fundamental Beliefs, and asks whether formulating the Fundamentals constitutes progress or regress when compared with the attitudes and beliefs of Adventism's founding members.
The dispute between some faculty members and the administration at Pacific Union College over academic freedom and the content of lectures in the psychology department - though now largely resolved, according to those on both sides of the conflict - has captured attention beyond the confines of Adventist academia, even making th