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My Brief, Abortive Pastoral Career

When I was eight, sitting in church during the sermon one Sabbath, I had an epiphany (although at the time I spelled it “Wow”). I looked up from my etch-a-sketch (early prototype for the iPad) and realized that our pastor was doing exactly what I always wanted to do. Be standing in front of a group of people who had been willing to get out of bed on the weekend and travel for miles just to sit on hard benches and listen to him talk! It was just plain wonderful, and I wanted in on the action.

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Branch Davidians (and Adventists) Revisited in The New Yorker

Malcolm Gladwell talks about Waco survivor Clive Doyle's book in the March 31 New Yorker, and how the FBI's refusal to take David Koresh's theology seriously precipitated the 51-day stand-off and tragedy in Texas.

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Sabbath Sermon: Greg Boyd, "Who's the Boss"

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The Week That Was

Many thanks to all of our readers for making last week one of Spectrum’s best.

Our coverage of the conference on sexuality in South Africa sponsored by the General Conference brought 31,062 visits to our website, a 14% increase over the previous week. We had 18,652 unique visitors. And they stayed to read. There were 71,729 page views, a 24% increase over the previous week.

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Caring for Words Book Club: Read Well

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 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 was the keynote speaker for the meetings of the Adventist English Association in June 2013. Our book club discussion will run from March through the end of May, with a week devoted to each of the chapters.

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Adventist Women In Ministry: Progress or Regress?

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, Kendra Haloviak Valentine, professor of New Testament Studies at La Sierra University, and Bert Haloviak, former archivist for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, uncover the story of Adventist women in ministry from the 19th Century to the current ordination debate.

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Three Angles News - Loma Linda To Premiere National TV Show

1. Life on the Line, Loma Linda University Health's first national TV show, premieres on PBS's WORLD Channel on 

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Sabbath Un-Sermon: Robert Kane, "Ethics & the Quest for Wisdom"

Robert Kane: "Ethics & the Quest for Wisdom" from Metanexus Institute on Vimeo.

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Report from the Cape Town Summit: Fourth and Final Day

An apology

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Grieving Father: Morris Taylor Shares Paintings of His Son

Morris Taylor — 83-year-old musician, artist and professor emeritus at Andrews University — has this week decided to share watercolors painted in memory of his son. Taylor says on his website:

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Report from the Cape Town Summit: Day Three

Attendees at the Summit in Cape Town awoke to cooler weather and rain on its third day, Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  

Devotional by John Nixon

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Caring for Words Book Club: Now I Lay/Lie Me Down

The Spectrum

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Viewpoint: Offensive Dissonance in Cape Town

An open letter to Peter Landless, Director of Health Ministries for the GC.

Dear Doctor Landless,  — a voice from the past.

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Woman Conference President Omitted from Adventist Yearbook

The Adventist Yearbook is now live online, meaning that changes are reflected as they are made to the Yearbook database at the General Conference.

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Report from the Cape Town Summit: Day Two

Tuesday, March 18, was the first full day of the Cape Town Summit:  "'In God's Image:' Scriptures, Sexuality, Society."  Weatherwise it was another beautiful sunny 70 F-degree day in Cape Town, one of the world's favorite cities.  People have been friendly and helpful.

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Report from the Cape Town Summit: Elder Wilson's Opening Speech

It was the opening night of the General Conference Cape Town Summit (March 17-20, 2014), "In God's Image:' Scripture, Sexuality and Society," but it felt like campmeeting or a giant "workers' meeting" — nearly 400 people from around the world greeting one another with hugs and kisses.  The keynote speaker was GC President Ted N. C.

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“In God’s Image” Summit on Sexuality Opens in Cape Town

Nearly 350 Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders, pastors, academics, and human services experts have gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, for a four-day summit intended to help the worldwide Church better address the experiences of homosexuality and alternative sexualities.  

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Pacific Union College Students and Faculty Send Messages to "In God's Image" Conference

For many years, students, faculty, and staff at Pacific Union College have gathered bi-weekly to provide support, friendship, and education around human relationships — sexual and spiritual.

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Viewpoint - Seventh-day Adventists and Sex: The Cape Town Conference

The conference titled “In God’s Image:  Scripture, Sexuality and Society” that Seventh-day Adventist officials are leading in Cape Town, South Africa, March 17 – 20, is not likely to accomplish much of lasting significance.  Both those who favor it and those who fear it can, therefore, relax.

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Sabbath Sermon: Susan Zork, "Present Truth"

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