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Mel Gibson Plans to Direct Desmond Doss Film

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Actor/Director Mel Gibson has begun talks with The Amazing Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield about a World War II film on Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector-turned-war-hero, Desmond T. Doss.

The film breaks Gibson's long absence from Hollywood. Garfield appears set to star as Desmond Doss.

Happy Birthday Ellen and Juli

Today is a very special day in my world because of two very special people—Ellen G. White and Juli Ling Miller.

You may be familiar with both of these incredible women, but if not I’ll tell you a little bit about them.

Walla Walla University President Issues Statement Against "Sinister Accusations"

From the Walla Walla University website:

November 20, 2014

Dear Friend,

Allow me to share a personal word about accusations now all-too-regularly offered against people associated with Walla Walla University.

Atlantic Union College Names Dr. Avis Hendrickson President

Atlantic Union College has named Dr. Avis Hendrickson the next president of Atlantic Union College, according to a press release issued by the institution's Board of Trustees. The historic appointment makes Dr. Hendrickson only the second black woman to be named president of an Adventist institution of higher education in the United States. Pacific Union College president Dr.

Adventist Society for Religious Studies Provides Rich Investigation of Ecclesiology

The Adventist Society for Religious Studies met in San Diego, California, November 20-22, to present scholarly papers on Ecclesiology in Doctrine and Practice. The meeting corresponded with the annual meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature and the American Academy of Religion, also held in San Diego.

Growing Up Adventist: I Tried To Make Jesus My Best Friend


Lying in bed, I looked up into the darkness, imagining Jesus was somewhere out there. “I’m so sorry,” I whispered, anguished. I could feel nothing but emptiness where my Savior’s presence should have been. How did I get here? 

Adventist Society for Religious Studies Votes Support for 'Yes' Vote on GC Ordination Question


Members of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies meeting in San Diego, California voted today (Friday) to support a YES vote on the Women’s Ordination motion that will be considered at the 2015 General Conference Session.

The vote was constructed as a message to the delegates of the GC Session meeting in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., July, 2015. It read:

"We, the members of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, wish to express our love for the church and our concern for its unity.

Columbia Union Conference Recommends 'Yes' Vote on GC Ordination Question

The Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee issued a statement Thursday supporting a favorable vote to authorize Seventh-day Adventist Church regional governing bodies, called divisions, to decide when and how to handle the question of women’s ordination. The vote comes in anticipation of the 60th General Conference Session called for July 2015 in San Antonio, Texas, where nearly 2,700 delegates will be asked: “Is it acceptable for division committees, as they may deem appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry?

Adventist Pastor Becomes a Popular Meme

Ask twenty-somethings to talk about Seventh-day Adventists and popular culture, and you'll likely hear that the Church is pretty out of touch. Millennials in particular, those between 18 and 30 years old, are highly engaged with pop culture--arguably more so than any previous generation. So it may not come as a surprise that a group of young Adventists made one of their pastor friends into a spoof of a popular Internet meme.

Columbia Union Conference Creates Interactive Women's Ordination Timeline

Visitor Magazine, the official publication of the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, has released an expansive timeline of key events in the history of women's ordination within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Along with a written list of events, Visitor created an interactive timeline entitled "The Road to Ordination" with photos and clickable events that expand to reveal more data.

The timeline begins with the 1880's when "A number of women served as pastors in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Between 1872 and 1945, at least 16 women carried ministerial licenses." From the days of the Pioneers, the timeline follows the story of women in pastoral ministry up to the 2014 Annual Council vote to send the question of whether divisions should be permitted to ordain women to the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio Texas.

UPDATED: La Sierra University, Oakwood University and Southern Adventist University Buck Negative Enrollment Trend

Enrollment numbers for Adventist Institutes of higher learning in North America have dropped across the board, down 2.4% overall from last year’s numbers. In contrast to a general downward trend in enrollment this Fall, La Sierra University in Southern California, Oakwood University in Alabama and Southern Adventist University in Tennessee saw their enrollment numbers increase.

Canadian University College Uses Science Centre Explosion as Opportunity to Improve Complex

On October 8, 2013 unstable chemical vapors connected with an electrical spark igniting a small explosion in the chemical preparation and storage room of the Chan Shun Science Centre at Canadian University College in Lacombe, Alberta.

The resulting fire set off the building’s sprinkler system, which caused significant water damage to the complex. Water flowed downstairs to the first floor and continued to the basement level of the science building. It ruined the drywall covering a first floor wing and some lab benches and cupboards.

Adventists In The News: Veganism and Criminal Neglect, Bags of Love, and Boarding Academy Fire

In this week's roundup of Adventists in the news headlines, veganism and criminal neglect, "Bags of Love" and a boarding academy fire.

Viewpoint: I See Serious Problems With The Women's Ordination Question

At the 2014 Annual Council, delegates voted to send the following question to delegates at the 2015 General Conference Session:

    ‘After your prayerful study on ordination from the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, and the reports of the study commissions, and;

    After your careful consideration of what is best for the Church and the fulfillment of its mission,

Cheap Copies of "The Great Controversy" Fill Big City Recycle Bins

"The Great Controversy Project is a unique presidential initiative with the goal of distributing massive quantities of Seventh-day Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White's book, The Great Controversy, as part of the church’s worldwide Tell the World emphasis."

Loma Linda University Church Shares Video of Ashley Picco & Lennon Picco Memorial Service

A large audience of friends, church community members and well-wishers surrounded Adventist musician and recording artist Chris Picco Sabbath at the Loma Linda University Church for the memorial service of Picco's wife Ashley and son Lennon. The service was broadcast on the church's website, and the recording has been made available. Ashley Elizabeth (Wood) Picco died Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Loma Linda, CA. She was 30.

Nicholas Miller Writes Open Letter to Doug Batchelor on Ordination

On October 13, Seventh-day Adventist pastor and TV personality Doug Batchelor posted the following status update on his Facebook page:

CATHOLICS AND ADVENTIST AT CULTURAL CROSSROADS

Sabbath Sermon: Greg Boyd and Paul Eddy, "How Do You Reconcile the Wrath of God in the Old Testament with a Loving God? "

From the video description for this week's Sabbath Sermon:

"Our Wrath and Love Q&A with Greg and Paul was on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. Greg Boyd and Paul Eddy attempted to reconcile the violence of the Old Testament with a loving God. This is from October 2010 at Woodland Hills Church."

Pacific Union Conference Votes in Favor of Divisions Deciding Ordination Policies

A news release on the Pacific Union Conference website puts the union on record in favor of allowing divisions to proceed with the ordination of women. The Pacific Union Conference has long led the move toward ordination equality within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In September of 2012, union executive committee members approved fourteen female candidates for ordination



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