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The Law of Unintended Negative Consequences

Rabbits were firsts introduced to Australia for food.  What nobody foresaw was that the rapid, explosive growth of the small furry animals quickly turned rabbits into a major pest that destroyed the open grassland and other grazing areas.  This in turn impacted the natural fauna whose food supply was greatly reduced.  The sheep industry was also negatively impacted.

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Videos Make 28 Fundamental Beliefs Personal

Did you know God gives us a specific 24 hour period each week to rest, reflect on Him and spend time with our families? from NAD Adventist on Vimeo.

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Southern, Southwestern and Union Planning an Alliance

An article published by the Adventist Review on August 27, 2013, explains the thinking behind a planned alliance between three third-level Adventist institutions:

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Postmodern Hope: The Coming of the Lord

This is the eleventh 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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Three Angles News - August 30, 2013

1. After Collegedale became the first city in Tennessee to offer benefits to same-sex couples, the woman who championed the effort was ousted from her church congregation: the Ridgedale Church of Christ.

2. Dollar General may be liable for firing a manager in New Jersey who refused to work on the Sabbath because he is a Seventh-day Adventist, a federal judge has ruled.

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Adventist Women's Congress in Côte d'Ivoire: A Photo Essay

Over 200 men and women met in Bouaké, in the central part of Côte d'Ivoire, from August 11 to 18 for the country's 4th Women's Ministries Congress. It was the first such congress to be held after 12 years of political crisis in the country.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Emergence

This is the second 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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Why Jesus was Killed: A Sermon

Today we commemorate the Civil Rights Movement and its March on Washington. Last Sabbath, August 24, Matt Burdette was invited to give the sermon at the Hightstown Seventh-day Adventist Church in New Jersey. This is a transcript of that sermon.

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Postmodern Faith: We Are Not God

This is the 10th 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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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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