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Theology of The Record Keeper Disputed

Today, the General Conference's Biblical Research Institute released a list it called "Theological Problems with The Record Keeper." The BRI enumerated what it believes to be inaccuracies under three headings:

  1. View of God and His Perfect Creation
  2. View of Christ and the Atonement
  3. View of the Holy Spirit

Here is the entire text of the document from the Biblical Research Institute:

Why I No Longer Believe in Last Generation Theology

Growing up in the Adventist church, I was exposed to a brand of Adventism promoting what has been identified as Last Generation Theology (LGT).  We were taught that those in the church who disagreed with LGT were in apostasy.

20 Years Ago: Remembering Rwanda's Sabbath Massacre

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 church members killing each other?

The Self-Murdering Church

Suzanne Ocsai spent about a year researching and writing a book on the first ten years of GYC, the youth-led Adventist movement and yearly conference, generally seen as particularly conservative.

Three Angles News - Mission Pilot Dies in Plane Crash

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.

Update: Spectrum Global Community Campaign

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.

Caring for Words Book Club: Love the Long Sentence

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Viewpoint: Should Our Practices Go Beyond What the Bible Permits?

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. 

Love Actually: Andrews' Student Movement Editorial

An editorial published last Wednesday by Melodie Roschman, editor of Andrews University's student newspaper, has been shared and re-shared in the days since.

Tensions between Secularization and Sectarianism in Adventist Higher Education

My son Bruce, a journalist for the newspaper Good Times in Santa Cruz, was assigned to write a story about the possible effects of climate change on the Bristle Cone Pines in the White Mountains of California.  He arranged to

The Record Keeper's Makers Express Disappointment at Its Cancellation

Many people have expressed disappointment that The Record Keeper has been cancelled, including its creators.

Art and Biblical Interpretation: The Concocted Furor Over Noah

I’m a little amused, but mostly annoyed, at the hyperventilating retorts to Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of the biblical story of Noah. Most of the assaults on the movie are being reported as coming from “Christians.” 

Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Potluck Wisdom

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.

General Conference Decides Not to Release "The Record Keeper"

Spectrum was sent the following news release this afternoon, a few minutes before the official release time of 2pm EST.

Adventists In The Military: The Death of a Peace Church?

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.

Church Adopts Guidelines for Responding to Alternative Sexual Practices

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.

Bringing the Real World to Genesis: 'Sciences of Satanic Origin' - Adventist Attitudes Toward Evolutionary Biology and Geology

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.

Three Angles News - New Details on Church's Cyber Theft Case

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.

Caring for Words Book Club: Share Stories

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Sat, 09/27/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
September Adventist Forum
The speaker will be Ron Graybill, Ph.D., previously assistantsecretary to the White Estate. He will be addressing “The Big Bible, Bigg er Still: A Study of the Harmon Family Bible and Its Role in Adventist Hist ory.”
Sat, 10/25/2014 | Los Angeles Adventist Forum
October Adventist Forum
Ronald E. Osborn, Ph.D., A 2014-2016 Mellon Postdoctoral Fell ow in the Peace and Justice Program at Wellesley College (Boston), and a 2 015 Fullbright Scholar to Burma/Myanmar, Formerly an Adjunct Faculty Membe r in the Dept. of International Relations at USC, and in the Honors Progra m at UCLA. Topic: "Death Before the Fall?: A Conversation with Ronald Osbor n."

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