On April 12, 1994, thousands of Tutsi refugees sought safety in the Adventist church in Mugonero, in the Rwandan countryside. And on April 16 - this day 20 years ago - they were killed. It seemed unbelievable. Adventists inside the church; Adventists outside. Adventist churchmembers killing each other?
1. Long-serving mission pilot Bob Roberts died when his plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Papua Province, Indonesia, on April 9. One passenger, Danis Kobak, also died, but five other passengers survived.
For several months, a banner at the top of our web page has invited readers to join our Global Community Campaign. Many of you have, and on behalf of the Spectrum Board of Directors, I want to say thank you to all who have participated.
Already, the increased funding has made it possible for us to do more reporting. Sending Larry Geraty to South Africa to report on the meeting convened there by the General Conference was made possible by gifts to the campaign. We plan to have coverage of the upcoming meeting in Germany about how World War I affected Adventism, too.
In my recent essay discussing homosexuality, I indicated that two crucial questions had to be answered before we can come to any conclusions. The first question had to do with what the Bible says about homosexuality.
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