On Sabbath afternoon, December 28, 2013, in a Malawi SDA church, lightning killed eight worshippers, and injured 40 more. A few samples from the online forum in the Nyasa Times demonstrates how individuals attach significance to a natural tragedy, taking it as a sign of how God thinks and making Him into a culturally-constructed supernatural agent.
Last week, a judge ruled against Pacific Union College in the ongoing dispute over a possible sale of hundreds of acres of its Angwin property.
The Napa County Superior Court judge ruled that Sustainable Community Partners LLC could file notice that a lawsuit was pending on the property. PUC had argued that making the lawsuit public would disrupt a prospective sale to an unnamed third party.
I grew up Seventh-day Adventist and was educated at Seventh-day Adventist schools all the way through college. I can tell endless quirky stories about growing up – about the time my parents gave me The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to read at the age of seven and I was certain, certain, that they had no idea what devilish literature they had given me (all those horrible hags and werewolves), so I promised myself never to tell them because they would feel so bad for having led me astray.
Within the span of two short weeks, Ryan Bell's announcement that he would spend 2014 without God went from a single blog post to the subject of major, international news coverage. It's a trajectory, Bell says, he couldn't have predicted. Within the first two days after Bell announced the project in an article on the Huffington Post, people flocked to the project's website and flooded the blogosphere and social media with comments.
Kinship International, whose misssion is to provide a safe spiritual and social community to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & intersex current and former Seventh-day Adventists, issued a statement in response to the Ugandan Parliament's so-called Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would make certain sex acts punishable by life imprisonment.
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Panera Bread restaurant is serving pork and bacon products on property owned by Florida Hospital, part of the Adventist Health System. The administration's policy has "evolved," according to a spokesperson.
The Napa Valley Register reports that Pacific Union College is suing its former partner, Sustainable Community Partners LLC, to prevent the company's use of a procedural maneuver to block the sale of land PUC owns. The college agreed in early 2013 to sell off a large portion of its Angwin, California property for development. Sustainable Community Partners was to be the developer.
The 2014 Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) meeting was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from January 1-5. The GYC (former General Youth Conference) is an independent ministry started in 2002 by college kids that has taken the NAD territory by storm, and recently branched into Europe (a second meeting is planned for this summer in Austria). Supported by the General Conference and sponsored by the deep pockets of ASI, GYC is thriving.
My favorite Sabbath meal was passed down through our family from my great-grandparents, who were ranchers and chile-growers in the New Mexico desert near the Mexican border. Having grown up on their ranch, my mother brought the New Mexican food ethic to our kitchen: Always have a pot of beans on the stove, add green chiles to everything and invite people home for Sabbath lunch!
The Seventh-day Adventist community lost some of its giants this last year.
"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.