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Viewpoint: Attitude Toward Homosexuality Gets Pharisaical Results

Adventist author and speaker Herb Montgomery re-posted Spectrum's report of the HVA chaplain losing his job over his stepdaughter's gay wedding on his Facebook page, and many commenters said that "love the sinner, hate the sin" is the stance we must take. Montgomery responded with these insights:

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Three Angles News - December 27, 2013

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Viewpoint: Gay "Marriage" - So What?

My wife and I have long discussed at which precise moment we became married.  Was it when we said “I do” after the reciting of the vows, was it after the dedication prayer, was it at the official pronouncement, for the first time, of “Mr. and Mrs.

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The Historical Roots of Christmas

At the time of Constantine (313 AD), more and more new cults appeared within the Christian Church. Many of these cults’ celebrations - like Christmas itself - had been unknown to the Christians. 

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Jesus, One For All

“Praxis will make Jesus alive among us. As a mystery, he is therefore never the exclusive possession of Christians. He is ‘common property.’” — Edward Schillebeeckx, God Among Us: The Gospel Proclaimed

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At Adventist Restaurants, Meals are Good for the Body and the Planet

A recent Religion News Service story by G. Jeffrey Macdonald described vegan Adventist restaurant The Ark in Lewston, Maine, and went on to mention Adventist restaurants in other places aroudn the world, and the Adventist focus on health and diet.

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A Look at the Sligo Church Sanctuary

This weekend a Flickr user called Maryland Route 5 posted a stunning photograph of the interior of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church. In his description, he said he had never been inside an Adventist church before, but he was greatly impressed by the Christmas service he attended, and by the "enriching spiritual experience" he found there.

His post said:

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3 Angles News - December 22, 2013

1. Loma Linda University partners with Texas A & M in space station stem cell research.

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Faith for Today's 'Miracle at Gate 213'

Watch a behind-the-scenes video by cast members of Miracle at Gate 213, including Academy Award-Winner Louis Gossett Jr., Grammy Award-Winner Deniece Williams, and Days of Our Lives super couple Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes.

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Sabbath Sermon: Philip Yancey, "Rumors of Another World "

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Religious Liberty PSA - Discrimination Destroys People

The Adventist Church's religious liberty arm, the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department, released a public service announcement video in concert with COMFILMS (www.comfilms.com) entitled "Discrimination Destroys People."

Accompanying the video came the following description:

"In 1893 the Seventh-day Adventist Church has founded the 'International Religious Liberty Association' (IRLA). This NGO promotes religious liberty for all people to this day. In 1901, the Adventist Church has installed the department 'Public Affairs and Religious Liberty' (PARL) to defend and promote religious liberty."

"This film clip deals with the universality and indivisibility of religious liberty and has been produced in six languages for the church's internal Religious Liberty Day in January 2014 by young Adventists together with COMFILMS."

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Beyond Credibility? Pushing an Evangelistic Film Series

Picture the scene: Pastors at a conference meeting are discussing Beyond The Search (2012), the $2.5 million outreach film series produced by Adventist Media Network, Australia.  "I wish I could be more positive, but the seekers I’ve played it to don’t really get a clear message," says one.  "It assumes quite a lot of knowledge and the film’s argument isn’t really coherent." Another says, "I’ve found some people like it, but most don’t find it very entertaining." One senior pastor says, "My Bible worker took it to a guy who saw NASCAR racing on the front cover, b

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Waiting for Jesus...I Mean Superman

I grew up in a white, middle-class, fundamentalist Protestant community. As a result I learned to think of God as my Father, and Jesus as my savior, like a fairytale prince in shining armor or the ultimate boyfriend. As an undergraduate in Religious Studies, I encountered other ways to relate to the Divine and I discovered feminist Christianity.

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Three Angles News - December 13, 2013

1. Adventist "Bible Boom" contest finalists from across the Inter-American Division competed in Cuba last weekend, with 20-year-old Jempsy Tisma from Haiti winning the competition and demonstrating exhaustive knowledge of 10 books of the Bible, from Ephesians to Hebrews.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Kung Pao, Then and Now

The upside to living in Portland, Oregon, is the plethora of food options. The downside to living in Portland, Oregon, is also the plethora of food options. When I was about 10, my dad, Newcombe Wang (who originally came from Shanghai), took us to virtually every Chinese restaurant in the Portland-metro area in a quest for the best Chinese cuisine in town. For one year, our family dined in palaces and dives throughout the city. To this day, we maintain an exclusive list of Portland’s Chinese restaurants that met his approval.

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Alex Bryan to Leave Kettering Presidency and Return to Walla Walla

UPDATED 9pm EST -- Just over six months after leaving as senior pastor of Walla Walla University Church and relocating to Kettering College as the school’s sixth president, Alex Bryan has announced that he is leaving - and going back to his old job. 

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Sabbath Sermon: Jon Paulien, "The Scandal of the Cross"

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The Fourth Chair

Every year or so, my two best friends and I get together for a long weekend of “just the guys.” We live in different states so it is a challenge to coordinate our schedules, family responsibilities and jobs to make it happen.  More than once we’ve had to cancel due to last minute issues that crept up.  Our gatherings so far have taken us to Washington State, Utah, and Colorado.

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Some Seventh-day Adventists Forge Ahead on Women Clergy

Last week, Religion News Service published an article by Adelle M. Banks about the internal disagreement in the Seventh-day Adventist Church on ordaining women.

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Human Rights Day: Swiss Video Clip Portrays Religious Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day on December 10, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Switzerland published a movie clip on religious freedom in six languages. Using religious freedom as an example it focuses on the universality of human rights. It was produced by young Adventists who are engaged in the film business either full or part time.

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