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Caring for Words Book Club: Why Worry About Words?

Introductory Note:
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.

28 Fundamental Beliefs: If Loughborough Were Resurrected...

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.

Academic Freedom Conflict at PUC Makes Local Paper, Chronicle of Higher Education

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

La Sierra University Lawsuit Falling Apart

The ongoing lawsuit at La Sierra University, brought by three former administration and faculty members, seems to be falling apart, according to a recent analysis by Michael Peabody, an attorney in Los Angeles, the editor of 

Tracing Barack Obama's Adventist Family Ties


Dr. Benjamin Baker, assistant archivist for the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, offers a very brief history on President Barack Obama's family connections to the Adventist church, and how members of his Kenyan family heard the Adventist message.

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Rating the Creation and the Big Bang

As a believing geophysicist, George P. Saxon, in the accompanying article, explains why we need to be reading Genesis with less literalism and more realism, due to known laws of physics.


Three Angles News - February 17, 2014

1. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former Alabama Governor George Wallace who was famous for his "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow!" political stance, embraced Karen Lowery, daughter of Civil Rights icon Reverend Joseph Lowery, after they each received awards at Oakwood University Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sabbath, February 8.

The Man Who Talked With God

“I talked to God … Yes I did—Actually and Literally … You too may experience that strange mystical power which comes from talking with God, and when you do, if there is poverty, unrest, unhappiness, ill-health or material lack in your life, well—the same Power is able to do for you what it did for me.”   - Advertisement by Frank B. Robinson.

"Jesus...Full Stop...All...Full Stop"

Is it the second coming of 1888?  Is it radical Christo-centrism birthing a bold, new prophetic Adventism?  Is it spiritual snack food—a feel-good Jesus—doled out like cookies for the all-too-comfortable?

Such questions invite the one activity that the One Project—a pastor-led initiative to make Jesus the center of Adventist consciousness—seems bound to stimulate.  That activity is conversation among the troubled, hopeful people who bring thought to their experience in Adventism.  

Sabbath Un-sermon: Alice Dreger, "Is Anatomy Destiny?"

This presentation is not directly religious, yet the issues presented directly apply to and challenge multiple theological issues.

Stewart Bainum, Sr., Adventist Businessman and Philanthropist Dies

The Takoma Academy Alumni Affairs office has announced the passing of Seventh-day Adventist businessman and avid supporter of Adventist education. Bainum was 94 years old. According to the release, he died February 12, 2014 following complications from pneumonia. 

The memo, sent to Takoma alumni via email offers this short bio:

Remembering Donna Jean Walker-Haerich

Let us celebrate the life of a warm, wise, wonderful woman whom our community lost this last week. Donna Jean Walker-Haerich passed peacefully to her rest on February 9, after a long and gallant battle with breast cancer. For many years Donna has been a member of the Spectrum family and wrote a popular column here. 

How Adventists Started Believing in the Trinity

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California hosts a series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In this presentation, Dr. Gilbert Valentine, Chair of the Education Department at La Sierra University, offers a historical look at how and why the forebears of the Seventh-day Adventist Church evolved in their thinking on the Trinity. (See other videos from the lecture series here.)

Upcoming topics in the series:

Adventist Fundamental Beliefs—John Brunt

GYC Presenter Offers Public Apology

Michael Carducci was among the speakers at the Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) "Before Men And Angels" convention in Orlando, Florida last month.

Napa Valley Register Calls Out PUC's Duplicity in Land Battle

An editorial in the Napa Valley Register on February 8 takes the side of the land conservation group Save Rural Angwin, agreeing that the Napa County Board of Supervisors needs to take action sooner rather than later to protect about 100 acres of rural land owned by Pacific Union College. 

3 Angles News - Adventists Combat Female Genital Mutilation

Recognizing the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, the Adventist Church joins many other organizations in working toward eliminating the process of female genital mutilation. Many African cultures continue this practice, including some in Kenya.

Viewpoint: GYC Presentation Promotes Damaging Message About Gay Youth

Like a lot of denominations, the Seventh-day Adventist church is getting it wrong when it comes to its LGBT youth. We're completely wrong, and we're putting lives at risk. I've spoken up on behalf of dialogue, bridge-building and elevating the conversation between the church and its LGBT members, but sometimes reprehensible acts of spiritual violence and misinformation must be called out directly.

Reflections on an African Adventist Report on Ordination Issues

The full report of the East-Central Africa Division of the General Conference (ECD) Biblical Research Committee (BRC) to the Theology of Ordination Study Committee has now been released online at the GC Archives and Statistics

Sabbath Sermon: Alex Bryan, "The Gap"

1.11.14 Alex Bryan, "The Gap" from Walla Walla University Church on Vimeo.

The sermon begins at the 20:10 point of the video.

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