The “not guilty” verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial for killing Trayvon Martin threw back the superficial curtains of polite society to reveal the stark polarization of two Americas. In his blog post entitled, Trayvon and George: A Tale of Two Americas, activist and author Brian McLaren doesn’t dispute the American legal system’s decision; but, he is in no way satisfied with the outcome.
The General Conference has hired communications and public relations firm Allison + Partners to help raise awareness of the church and educate the public about its mission, as the church celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Allison + Partners’ work will focus primarily on message development, media relations and social media strategy, according to Greg Dunn, managing director in the agency’s Chicago office and a Seventh-day Adventist church member.
Over the previous four articles I have discussed a number of the more significant aspects of evolution. It is a concept that is multifaceted, with many aspects well documented and some that remain more speculative. If Adventist readers of the last article found the data unsettling, this particular article may prove a little more comforting—it having to do with the question of biological origins.
David Asscherick, co-founder of ARISE, preaches at Impact SA, the Adventist Youth Conference.
This is the fifth post of a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.
Curry! The very word makes my salivary glands kick into overdrive, and has my taste buds longing for biryani (a rice-based dish with spices, vegetables and a protein), korma (a curry made with yogurt, cream, nut and seed pastes or coconut milk), muttar paneer (a cheese pressed and cut into squares mixed with peas in a slightly sweet and spicy sauce) and various other combinations of vegetables, legumes and spices that I’ve grown to crave through the years.
This week about 3,100 Adventist young people from around the world are meeting in a conference center in Pretoria, South Africa, following a week of community service projects around the country. On Sabbath, organizers are hoping to bring in many more people to a 30,000-seat stadium in the township of Atteridgeville outside Pretoria.
Last Friday the Netherlands Union Conference publicly announced its May 30 decision to begin ordaining women. The Union leadership delayed the announcement until July because they needed "time to properly and correctly inform the Trans-European Division."
In November 2012 the Netherlands Union Conference voted to support the ordination of women, but it was left to the Executive Committee to decide when to begin ordaining women and to consider commissioned women as ordained.
The Adventist University of the Philippines is planning to open a medical school, accepting its first class of 20 students in June 2014. AUP’s medical school will be the sixth accredited medical school operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Loma Linda University, the Adventist church’s first medical school, will work closely with AUP in developing its medical school, Loma Linda announced in a press release yesterday.
Revelation of Hope, Daniel Prophecy Seminars, Amazing Facts: these are typical Adventist evangelistic programs aimed at drawing crowds of people into the church. But the truth of the matter is that the jargon, the “hell-fire and brimstone,” the “we’re right and you’re wrong” approach no longer works — or does it?
A very strange story has been winging its way around cyberspace over the last four days: The Muslim Brotherhood said on its official website that Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, is considered to be a Seventh Day Adventist (sic), and therefore is of Jewish descent.
The article went on to connect Mansour’s appointment as president to a global conspiracy involving the US and Israel.
This is the fourth post in a twelve-part series for Spectrum’s 2013 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Postmodern Apologetics? by Christina M. Gschwandtner.
In a couple of weeks, my husband, kids and I are heading north to Redwood Camp Meeting, located on Highway 101 south of Fortuna, California. Camp meeting is a mandatory event on my family’s calendar each summer. (My husband organizes the programs at one of the venues, and I write for the Redwood Gazette, the camp newspaper.)
In certain areas of the country, Adventist elementary education is being threatened in a way that jeopardizes its short and long term survival. There has been a trend over the last 40 years from making the attendance at an Adventist school an act of unquestioning commitment regardless of the sacrifices, to one now that is now seen by many as an option. While Adventist communities that support an elementary school vary greatly in size, neither small nor large communities are immune from this trend.
Up front, let me say that this isn’t something I’d ever have risked writing while on the church payroll! I suppose, though, that I could be risking certain publishing projects for church entities that are part of my current workload. Still, I’m not so old yet as to opt for playing life safe. So herewith, my Top Ten:
In the first editorial that I wrote for Spectrum in 1998, I spoke of Spectrum as a place: “A place that is as important to the growth and development of Adventism as Battle Creek, Takoma Park or Loma Linda. A place where we find community in our conversations, our dreams and ideas, our stories of God with us in past, present and future tenses. A place we are continually remodeling as we renew and reshape our relationships with God and each other.”