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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Black Bean Soup

In addition to memorable Sabbath meals, Sabbath at the Spectrum Café features fresh perspectives on food, community and unique stories surrounding vegetarian cuisine.

Just as God knew Jeremiah in the womb, so he knew me. He knew I was going to be a vegetarian before I saw the light of day. One problem—nothing is perfect in this world—I was born into a meat-eating, steak-and-potatoes family. As early as I can remember, meat disgusted me. I remember gagging at the fat on the side of my lamb chop, praying that God would make it disappear.

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The Final Pitches: Annual Council Diary, Day Six

It was the last day of Annual Council. General Conference Vice President Lowell Cooper was pitching a document on governing board autonomy, independence, and accountability in colleges and universities. He said the original version of the document had been circulated to the administrations and board chairs of the various Adventist colleges and universities. Recommendations from that group had been used to revise the document that was being presented. As usual the chair of the meeting asked if there were any comments. And this time, surprisingly, there were.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: What Have Volcanoes and Soils Told Me?

For the last several articles of this series we have been looking at geological data that suggests the earth to be of an age far in excess of a few thousand years. In this article we meet a field geologist who discusses some of the evidence of age found in the soil, and who consequently struggles to relate the data to Adventist interpretations of a young earth. In the final analysis, he seeks unity of data with religious beliefs.

-Jan M. Long

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The Good News, Bad News Day: Annual Council Diary, Day Five

In the beginning there were movies about creation, animal encounters and beyond. And it was very good. There were also reports from every possible General Conference department on how they are participating in the “Creation: The World is a Witness” evangelism project for 2014. From creation care features in the stewardship magazine to children’s curriculum on creation, it seems every possible angle has been considered.

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Money for the Younger Set, Lessons for the Leaders: Annual Council Diary, Day Four

Annual financial reports were presented to the Executive Committee of the General Conference on Monday and a $175 million budget was voted. Treasurer Robert Lemon’s report mixed philosophical musings with the reality of the numbers. For a variety of reasons, he said, the September financial statement shows the church is $9 million behind where it was last year at this time.

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Discovering Broomfield's Seventh-day Adventist Church

Last week the Broomfield Enterprise, the local paper for one of Denver's suburbs, published a piece about the wonderful welcome offered by The Journey - a local Seventh-day Adventist congregation. Local religion columnist George McHendry called it "one of the best-kept church secrets in my years of writing this column."

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The Sabbath Sofa, Bible Heroes and the End of the Great Controversy Project: Annual Council Diary, Day Three

When the General Conference Executive Committee meets each fall in Silver Spring, all kinds of other meetings are put on the schedule, too. Sunday morning, the Council on Evangelism and Witness resumed presentations that it had started on Friday night. Today it was time to talk about creative evangelism ideas. My favorites came from the United Kingdom where an evangelistic series is underway in London.

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Communicating Love: Annual Council Diary, Day Two

Ever since I read about the personal love languages as described by Gary Chapman, I’ve been thinking about how those languages might apply to people and their relationship with the church. Words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, quality time, all could be applied appropriately. So, it was that while I sat listening to General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson preach Sabbath, Oct. 12, on “Communicating God’s Truth in Love,” I fell to wondering just what his love language for the church might be.

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WASC Commends La Sierra University for Revisions to Governance Practices

La Sierra University published this press release on its website October 10, 2013.

A special visiting team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has commended La Sierra University for the considerable work the school has completed addressing concerns regarding university governance expressed by the regional accrediting association.

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Thriving in the Midst of Turbulence: Annual Council Diary, Day One

Spectrum Editor Bonnie Dwyer is reporting from Annual Council, and her exclusive stories are available here on the Spectrum blog.

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Sabbath Sermon: Lee Venden, "Born Twice"

Born Twice-Lee Venden 5/4/2013 from lluc media on Vimeo.

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Our Common Bonds

We live in turbulent times, particularly in the United States, where ideology seems to drive us from one manufactured political crisis to another. Most recently, we have been taken to the brink of an economic abyss through a debt default - only to be given a few weeks reprieve when the cycle may be repeated.

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La Sierra's Adventist Accreditation Renewed

The Adventist Review published this article by news editor Mark A. Kellner on its website today, October 10, 2013:
 

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A Secular Baptism: Dostoyevsky’s Penultimate Trajectory for Sacramental Language

This is the second installment in a four-part series written by a theology major at Pacific Union College.

On April 8, 1966, Time magazine’s cover shocked millions of Americans asking the question, “Is God Dead?” Behind the cover and sudden controversy, four primary theologians had come to similar conclusions that modern man had finally closed the chapter on the Judeo-Christian deity in Western society.

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Business Consultant Hamel to Present at Annual Council

Seventh-day Adventist Church officials from around the world gather at the General Conference this week for their annual business session. A proposed amendment to the fundamental belief on creation is one of the agenda items. Spectrum Editor Bonnie Dwyer will be reporting from the Council, and her exclusive stories will be available here on the Spectrum blog. This story was published today by ANN.

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Report from South Africa: "Missionary" Updated

Earlier this year I received an invitation. I looked at it with interest. It was for a three-day missionary training course being held at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. "Our High Calling" was being organized by a local missionary group called Soul REAPERS (Revived & Energised Adventist Proclaiming the Eminent Return of our Saviour).

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Vegetarians Tend to be Slimmer than Meat Eaters, New Loma Linda Study Shows

This press release, published Friday, October 4, about the vegetarian diet, has already been picked up by a number of media outlets.

Despite similar caloric intake, vegetarians tend to have lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than non-vegetarians, with vegans being the most slender of all, suggests new research on more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists by researchers from Loma Linda University Health to be published in the December edition of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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SDA Senate Chaplain Barry Black Prays During Government Shutdown: "God Save us from the Madness"

UPDATE OCTOBER 9, 2013: Chaplain Barry Black's prayers have been making the media rounds. On Monday, October 6, he made the front page of the New York Times. Or watch this video on CBS News.

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Sabbath Sermon: John Lennox, "In the Beginning God"

In the Beginning God (John Lennox) from effatha.eu on Vimeo.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Odyssey of an Adventist Creationist

In the following article we meet Dr. Peter Hare for the third and final time in this series, “Bringing the Real World to Genesis.” However, this article is different in that he is not the author, but is in conversation in an interview setting. 

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