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Sabbath Sermon: Darren Wilkens on Education

Church Service - August 10, 2013 from Kettering SDA Church on Vimeo.

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Examining Trends (Especially Decline) in Religious Groups

On August 8, the Pew Research Center hosted a round-table on “Religion Trends in the US,” featuring sociologists Claude Fischer of the University of California at Berkeley and Michael Hout of New York University; Gallup’s Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport; and the Pew Research Center’s Greg Smith, the Director of US Religion Surveys for the Religion & Public Life Project.

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In the Land of Goshen: Report from Egypt on Last Week's Violence

When I told my friends I would be moving to Egypt this summer, there was invariably a pause. “But is it safe?” they would ask.

Is Egypt safe? That seems to be the question of the hour. For me it is personal as I’m planning to live here with my family for the next five or more years.

With an urban area population of 16 million, Cairo sits squarely between Moscow and Los Angeles in size. Ancient, crowded, and diverse, Cairo is truly a global city.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Hospitality in High Gear

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

Against the constant complaint that we lived harried lives, the Sabbath comes (so Abraham Joshua Heschel said) as a “sanctuary in time.”

And as a festival of food, or better, fellowship and food.

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Adventist Peace Fellowship Launches New Website and Initiatives

The Adventist Peace Fellowship, a lay-organized 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to interfaith work for peace and social justice, has re-launched its website with expanded initiatives, tools, and resources.

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Three Angles News - August 20, 2013

1. The New York Post reports on a sexual harassment lawsuit against pastor Jose Burroughs, coordinator of the Hispanic ministries department of the Northeastern Conference in Queens, New York, brought by Grecia Mena, secretary in the women's ministries department.

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Mob Destroys Adventist Church in Egypt

The burning of a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the city of Assiut during rioting August 15 was not part of a wider, organized political movement, local church officials said.
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Four Women Ordained in Ohio

“Let not my star of hope
Grow dim or disappear.”

So sang the congregation as four long-serving women entered the ranks of the ordained Adventist ministry at the Worthington, Ohio, Adventist Church last Sabbath afternoon. 

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It's Complicated

“It is the work of true education. . . to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men's thought.”

– Education, Chapter 1, page 17

Ironically, the first time I came across this paean to independent thought was when feverishly memorizing quotations for a soon-coming high school exam. Flipping furiously through a thick stack of notecards, I focused on each line until the words blurred together. Every missed letter counted against my grade, and I wanted to get it exactly right.

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The Truth About Dishonesty

Dan Ariely Uncovers the Truth About Dishonesty from The RSA on FORA.tv

A short animated lecture by Dan Ariely about the psychology of rationalization and dishonesty.

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First Adventist App Features Bible Heroes

The first SDA app, called Heroes, has been released. Adventist News Network published this story today about the app:

The first Seventh-day Adventist game for iPhone and iPad was downloaded 3,000 times in the first 48 hours of its release, tripling the benchmark analysts say a mobile app should meet in its first week to be considered successful.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Challah

Challah is Jewish Sabbath bread. Of the various stories I have heard about its Jewish meanings, the one I like best says that challah, with its distinctive braided shape, reminds us that on Fridays the God of Israel faithfully provided for His Chosen a double portion of manna in the wilderness, so that there was no need to gather food on the Sabbath.

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Three Angles News - August 15, 2013

1. An employee of the Federal Aviation Administration, who is a Seventh-day Adventist, is suing his employer and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association union, claiming the union and FAA officials used his religious beliefs to punish him after he resigned from his union. Matthew Gray resigned because he believes union membership is contrary to his faith.

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Reading with the TOSC: July Papers

When the Theology of Ordination Study Committee met in Baltimore in July 2013, its purpose was specifically to consider the ordination of women. On the first morning of the session there was a presentation of a “Consensus Statement on a Seventh-day Adventist Theology of Ordination” that had been prepared and presented at a previous session, revised by a special reading committee and slightly revised again in the session before being approved.

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Postmodern Apologetics?—9 & 10: A Recap and Reflections

This is the ninth 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. The reading schedule, along with links to previous posts, can be found here.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Randomness and Chaos

This is the first installment in a three-part subseries in our "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" series, curated by Jan M. Long. These three articles, written by Mailen Kootsey, address the sources of variation in biology.  Previous "Bringing the Real World to Genesis" articles can be found here

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Sunday Sermon: Andy Stanley on Intimacy with God

Andy Stanley is the founder of the non-denominational North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with five campuses and over 24,000 attendees every Sunday. This 38-minute talk was posted online last year.

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Why Collegedale Voted to Give Family Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

On Monday, August 5, the City Commission of Collegedale, Tennessee, home of Southern Adventist University and arguably one of the most iconic and traditional of Seventh-day Adventist communities, passed Resolution 447 by a vote of 4 to 1, giving family benefits to same-sex couples.

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Sabbath at the Spectrum Café: Banana Bread, a Sabbath Taste

I grew up with health-conscious parents. In the 90s, this meant trying to surreptitiously eat my tofu-and-sprouts-on-whole-wheat sandwich with a side of carrot sticks. My classmates all seemed to uniformly have fake bologna and American cheese on white bread, with all sorts of delicious-looking packaged sides that I knew had no nutritional content, but looked tasty all the same. This meant a lot of lunch periods trying to explain that sprouts were not grass but actual food.

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A Megaphone for the Voices of Adventism

Unless you care not a fig or a fast about your church, you can agree that Spectrum is indispensable. We are all indebted to church employees—to the pastors and educators and many others who help shape and sustain this amazing international community. But Adventism is not its paid employees, nor can it depend on its paid employees to tell the whole truth. Adventism is all of us, and we can’t begin to tell the truth unless every voice counts and every voice is heard.

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