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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: 'Sciences of Satanic Origin' - Adventist Attitudes Toward Evolutionary Biology and Geology

Up to this point in the series, "Bringing the Real World to Genesis,” we have been reviewing some of the scientific data that leads to conclusions about which there is largely a scientific consensus, with anticipation that minor modifications will occur over time. The next couple of articles will consider the history of Adventist thought related to interpretation of Genesis that lead to the current Adventist predicament.

Three Angles News - New Details on Church's Cyber Theft Case

1. New details reveal the method by which the SDA church became the victim of cyber theft, resulting in the loss of $500,000.  During four weeks last year, a church employee's Gmail was hacked, falsely authorizing the release of funds.

Caring for Words Book Club: Share Stories

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

Women's Ordination "Collateral Damage" in Church's Turn Toward Fundamentalism

Women’s ordination and biblical interpretation were the main topics of the 34

Proposed Church Guidelines Would Deny Membership to Practicing LGBT Population

One of the items on the agenda for the Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church this week during its biannual leadership meetings is “proposed guidelines in responding to changing cultural attitudes regarding homosexual and other alternative sexual practices.”

Viewpoint: A Student and His Signs

On March 21, Alvin Maragh began his presentation as a guest speaker for Asian Heritage weekend. On Friday night he delivered a message in which he spoke about homosexuality, homosexual marriage, and homosexual Adventists/people.

Viewpoint: How Our Understanding of Homosexuality Has Changed

The recent Adventist Cape Town Summit "In God's Image: Scripture, Sexuality, Society" brought the topic of sexuality to the forefront of discussion for our church, and it continues to be

New Board Chair and Bylaw Changes Mark Special Constituency Session and Board Meeting at Pacific Union College

Bradford Newton, the executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference, was   elected chair of the Pacific Union College board April 1,  at a Board meeting following a special Constituency session called to make changes in the college’s bylaws. He replaces Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union who has served as the board chair for both Pacific Union College and La Sierra University.

Sabbath Sermon: Brenda Billingy, "Witness Protection"

An additional video: "Ordination - The Case of Pastor Brenda Billingy", can be found here.

Three Angles News - Assault and Robbery on Andrews Campus

1. Three suspects have been arrested and are in the Berrien County jail after a series of assaults and armed robberies on the Andrews University campus 

Caring for Words Book Club: Stay (or Get) in Conversation

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing 

My Brief, Abortive Pastoral Career

When I was eight, sitting in church during the sermon one Sabbath, I had an epiphany (although at the time I spelled it “Wow”). I looked up from my etch-a-sketch (early prototype for the iPad) and realized that our pastor was doing exactly what I always wanted to do. Be standing in front of a group of people who had been willing to get out of bed on the weekend and travel for miles just to sit on hard benches and listen to him talk! It was just plain wonderful, and I wanted in on the action.

Branch Davidians (and Adventists) Revisited in The New Yorker

Malcolm Gladwell talks about Waco survivor Clive Doyle's book in the March 31 New Yorker, and how the FBI's refusal to take David Koresh's theology seriously precipitated the 51-day stand-off and tragedy in Texas.

The Week That Was

Many thanks to all of our readers for making last week one of Spectrum’s best.

Our coverage of the conference on sexuality in South Africa sponsored by the General Conference brought 31,062 visits to our website, a 14% increase over the previous week. We had 18,652 unique visitors. And they stayed to read. There were 71,729 page views, a 24% increase over the previous week.

Caring for Words Book Club: Read Well

The Spectrum blog book club is discussing Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies (Eerdmans 2009), by Marilyn McEntyre, professor of medical humanities at UC Davis and the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. McEntyre was the keynote speaker for the meetings of the Adventist English Association in June 2013. Our book club discussion will run from March through the end of May, with a week devoted to each of the chapters.

Adventist Women In Ministry: Progress or Regress?

The Azure Hills Church in Grand Terrace California has been hosting a multi-part series on Adventist history entitled "The Advent Movement: Progress or Regress?" In the video below, Kendra Haloviak Valentine, professor of New Testament Studies at La Sierra University, and Bert Haloviak, former archivist for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, uncover the story of Adventist women in ministry from the 19th Century to the current ordination debate.

Three Angles News - Loma Linda To Premiere National TV Show

1. Life on the Line, Loma Linda University Health's first national TV show, premieres on PBS's WORLD Channel on 





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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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