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Top Spectrum Stories of 2013

As we look back on 2013, we can truly say that the Spectrum blog is fulfilling its mission of fostering community through conversation. More and more people are clicking through to the Spectrum blog to find Adventist news, behind-the-scenes views and thoughtful commentary. 

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Slain Canadian Missionary Leaves Legacy of Service

This story was published today by the North American Division communication team:

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Sabbath Sermon: Jan Paulsen, "GC Spring 2012 Devotional"

Jan Paulsen Spring Meeting devotional, April 17, 2012 from VSDABN on Vimeo.

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Former Pastor Embarks On Year Without God

"I believe. Help Thou my unbelief." Except in this case, without the "I believe." And without "Thou."

For former Hollywood Adventist Church pastor Ryan Bell, 2014's motto could well be "Help my unbelief." Bell published an article New Year's Eve on The Huffington Post announcing that he would live a year without God. His plan was to eschew Christian sacred texts and instead look to non-religious thinkers for insight in a new season of unbelief.

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Three Angles News - January 3, 2014

1. A lightning strike killed eight worshippers during a Sabbath service at an Adventist church in Lilongwe, Malawi.  Several other members were injured in the incident.

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New Pew Survey Examines Americans' View on Evolution

Six in ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time,” according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

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Sabbath Sermon: Tara VinCross, "Crescendo"

Tara VinCross: Worship: “Crescendo" from NAD Adventist on Vimeo.

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Viewpoint: Attitude Toward Homosexuality Gets Pharisaical Results

Adventist author and speaker Herb Montgomery re-posted Spectrum's report of the HVA chaplain losing his job over his stepdaughter's gay wedding on his Facebook page, and many commenters said that "love the sinner, hate the sin" is the stance we must take. Montgomery responded with these insights:

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Three Angles News - December 27, 2013

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Viewpoint: Gay "Marriage" - So What?

My wife and I have long discussed at which precise moment we became married.  Was it when we said “I do” after the reciting of the vows, was it after the dedication prayer, was it at the official pronouncement, for the first time, of “Mr. and Mrs.

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The Historical Roots of Christmas

At the time of Constantine (313 AD), more and more new cults appeared within the Christian Church. Many of these cults’ celebrations - like Christmas itself - had been unknown to the Christians. 

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Jesus, One For All

“Praxis will make Jesus alive among us. As a mystery, he is therefore never the exclusive possession of Christians. He is ‘common property.’” — Edward Schillebeeckx, God Among Us: The Gospel Proclaimed

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At Adventist Restaurants, Meals are Good for the Body and the Planet

A recent Religion News Service story by G. Jeffrey Macdonald described vegan Adventist restaurant The Ark in Lewston, Maine, and went on to mention Adventist restaurants in other places aroudn the world, and the Adventist focus on health and diet.

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A Look at the Sligo Church Sanctuary

This weekend a Flickr user called Maryland Route 5 posted a stunning photograph of the interior of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church. In his description, he said he had never been inside an Adventist church before, but he was greatly impressed by the Christmas service he attended, and by the "enriching spiritual experience" he found there.

His post said:

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3 Angles News - December 22, 2013

1. Loma Linda University partners with Texas A & M in space station stem cell research.

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Faith for Today's 'Miracle at Gate 213'

Watch a behind-the-scenes video by cast members of Miracle at Gate 213, including Academy Award-Winner Louis Gossett Jr., Grammy Award-Winner Deniece Williams, and Days of Our Lives super couple Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes.

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Sabbath Sermon: Philip Yancey, "Rumors of Another World "

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Religious Liberty PSA - Discrimination Destroys People

The Adventist Church's religious liberty arm, the Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department, released a public service announcement video in concert with COMFILMS (www.comfilms.com) entitled "Discrimination Destroys People."

Accompanying the video came the following description:

"In 1893 the Seventh-day Adventist Church has founded the 'International Religious Liberty Association' (IRLA). This NGO promotes religious liberty for all people to this day. In 1901, the Adventist Church has installed the department 'Public Affairs and Religious Liberty' (PARL) to defend and promote religious liberty."

"This film clip deals with the universality and indivisibility of religious liberty and has been produced in six languages for the church's internal Religious Liberty Day in January 2014 by young Adventists together with COMFILMS."

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Beyond Credibility? Pushing an Evangelistic Film Series

Picture the scene: Pastors at a conference meeting are discussing Beyond The Search (2012), the $2.5 million outreach film series produced by Adventist Media Network, Australia.  "I wish I could be more positive, but the seekers I’ve played it to don’t really get a clear message," says one.  "It assumes quite a lot of knowledge and the film’s argument isn’t really coherent." Another says, "I’ve found some people like it, but most don’t find it very entertaining." One senior pastor says, "My Bible worker took it to a guy who saw NASCAR racing on the front cover, b

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Waiting for Jesus...I Mean Superman

I grew up in a white, middle-class, fundamentalist Protestant community. As a result I learned to think of God as my Father, and Jesus as my savior, like a fairytale prince in shining armor or the ultimate boyfriend. As an undergraduate in Religious Studies, I encountered other ways to relate to the Divine and I discovered feminist Christianity.

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