The General Conference has announced that a restructuring of the North American Division's publishing houses is being considered. Under the new plan, the Review & Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, and the Pacific Press Publishing Association in Nampa, Idaho, would continue as two separate publishing entities, but one would be attached to the General Conference and would no longer operate printing and production facilities.
1. The Seventh-day Adventist Church, together with over 30 other church organizations, has filed a challenge to a change in the tax-exemption for a pastor's parsonage. Before the change, pastors could deduct the cost of their housing from their taxable income.
Have you seen the TED Talks video by the 15-year old who discovered a new way to screen for pancreatic cancer that has revolutionized the cancer world? Or the presentation by the Nigerian writer about the danger of the single story? That’s really my favorite.
As a fan of the TED Talks Radio Hour featured on National Public Radio, and someone who has dreamed of attending the famous TED conference where world thinkers and doers give the talk of their life in 18 minutes or less, I was intrigued when I learned that a TEDx Event was scheduled to be held at La Sierra University.
James Hamblin has published a profile of Dr. Ben Carson in Politico Magazaine called: "Who Is Dr. Ben Carson? And why is he sort of running for president?" For anyone who wonders what the latest is on Carson, his possible run for political office, and his views on the Affordable Care Act, this article sums it up nicely.
The last article in this series presented much of the early foundational history with Adventism that would profoundly influence the evolution of Adventist thinking on issues of Genesis. In this current article featured below, we are provided a well detailed and rather mesmerizing history that has transpired up through the mid 1990s. It covers the politics of thought on Genesis, and the shifting alliances.
Today, the General Conference's Biblical Research Institute released a list it called "Theological Problems with The Record Keeper." The BRI enumerated what it believes to be inaccuracies under three headings:
Here is the entire text of the document from the Biblical Research Institute:
On April 12, 1994, thousands of Tutsi refugees sought safety in the Adventist church in Mugonero, in the Rwandan countryside. And on April 16 - this day 20 years ago - they were killed. It seemed unbelievable. Adventists inside the church; Adventists outside. Adventist church members killing each other?
1. Long-serving mission pilot Bob Roberts died when his plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Papua Province, Indonesia, on April 9. One passenger, Danis Kobak, also died, but five other passengers survived.
For several months, a banner at the top of our web page has invited readers to join our Global Community Campaign. Many of you have, and on behalf of the Spectrum Board of Directors, I want to say thank you to all who have participated.
Already, the increased funding has made it possible for us to do more reporting. Sending Larry Geraty to South Africa to report on the meeting convened there by the General Conference was made possible by gifts to the campaign. We plan to have coverage of the upcoming meeting in Germany about how World War I affected Adventism, too.