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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.

The Latest from the PUC Academic Freedom Debate

On Tuesday afternoon, Pacific Union College President Heather Knight sent a message to all the PUC faculty called “Academic Freedom: Continuing to Learn Together,” with an update on the debate over academic freedom at the college, reporting on her meeting to discuss the topic with faculty leaders at the Academic Senate meeting on January 28.

European Sunday Alliance Holds Second Conference

The European Sunday Alliance — a coalition of various trade unions, civil society organizations and religious communities — recently held its second Conference on Work-free Sundays and Decent Work at the European Parliament. 

From the Outside Looking In: Making Sense of Adventism as a "Former"

House-hunting can be a daunting task, even with all the tools the internet has to offer.  I can set all the necessary parameters, study the photos, check the "street view," and even drive to the address, get out of the car, and (if nobody's home) go peek in the windows.  But the only sure way to discover what it would be like to live in that house is to have somebody unlock the door and let me in.  Churches are

First-ever posthumous award from the Anti-Defamation League to an Adventist

At its annual meeting in February, the Anti-Defamation League will present the Jan Karski “Courage to Care” award to a man credited for saving over 1,000 Jewish men, women, and children, Allied pilots, and political opponents of the Nazis during the Second World War.

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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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