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Viewpoint: Black Leadership and White Adventists at WAU

This piece will appear as a letter to the editor in the upcoming edition of The Spectrum Journal. Being that it is in response to a blog post, we have chosen to also post it here.  

I feel that I have a responsibility as a 1963 graduate of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) to comment on the article posted on the Spectrum Magazine website of May 18, 2014 captioned “Crisis in Leadership at Washington Adventist University.”

The Spurious Notion of ‘Religious Liberty’

Many Adventists have taken the comments from Pope Francis regarding the need to prioritize humanity over economy, along with recent rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court, as an opportunity to tout the importance of “religious liberty.” We want to make sure that no one is going to bother us for keeping the Sabbath.

Review Cover Story is from Pipim's Book

The cover story of this week's Adventist Review is titled "What Do You Mean: Seventh-day Adventist?1" The author credited and pictured is Lee Roy Holmes, a "retired pastor and academy principal from the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists."

Growing Up Adventist: San Francisco Bay Blues

I would like to introduce you to the guest editor of the Spectrum blog for the next three weeks while I am on vacation. Sterling Spence works as program manager for Canvasback Missions based in California. He is a recent business management and religious studies graduate of La Sierra University, and will be studying theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley next year.

Discipleship – 2: In Praise of Obedience

This is the second post in a nine-part series for Spectrum’s 2014 Summer Reading Group.

$100 Million Gift for Loma Linda's $1.2 Billion Expansion

A record-breaking $100 million gift to Loma Linda University Health was announced this week — the largest single gift toward the biggest expansion in Loma Linda's history, dubbed Vision 2020.

Growing Up Adventist: Dysfunction and Healing

I was nine years old playing with my brother in the balcony of our Adventist church. We were having a great time with a microphone stand, pretending to sing and acting like we were preaching. Then a deacon walked in. A deacon who took his job very seriously. A deacon who was not pleased to see children laughing in church. A deacon whose face looked like he drank vinegar for breakfast.

Conference on Health Draws Big Names to Geneva

Last week, 1,150 people met in Geneva, Switzerland, to talk about health. The Global Conference on Health and Lifestyle, organized by the church’s Health Ministries Department, brought together health professionals and Adventist leaders from 81 countries.

The First Step in Apostasy: The Anti-Creedalism of Charles Beecher

Sometimes Adventists have been so keen on identifying and describing the sequence of empires in Daniel and Revelation as a fulfillment of prophecy that they fail to consider what an “empire” is all about. 

Adventist Culture Wars: The Beauty of Diversity

Years ago, I was riding in the back seat of a mini-van with a friend of mine as his aunt and some other ladies argued about a Bible verse in the book of Revelation. The argument got so intense that my friend leaned over and said to me, "You see? This is why I don't go to church." On one hand, my friend had a good point: There is lots of dumb stuff in church.

Viewpoint: Will Jamaica Stand Firm in One Love and Mutual Respect?

A number of Jamaicans, myself among them, are finding it difficult to process what, exactly, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding (once regarded as the country’s “most cerebral” prime minister), wanted to communicate to a wide newspaper readership in his June 22, 2014 Sunday Gleaner op-ed, “Yield No Ground to Gays.&

The Cost of Discipleship – 1: Grace

This is the first post in a nine-part series for Spectrum’s 2014 Summer Reading Group.

Raafat Kamal Confirmed as New TED President

The General Conference Executive Committee elected Pastor Raafat Kamal as the new president of the Trans European Division today, following his recommendation by the TED executive committee. Kamal, originally from Lebanon, will replace Bertil Wiklander, who served as TED president for 19 years.

Ohio Conference President Did Not Know about Pipim's Re-Baptism Until After It Happened

In today's Faithpoints newsletter from the Ohio Conference, conference president Ron Halvorsen, Jr, made a statement about Samuel Koranteng-Pipim's re-baptism in his conference on

Growing Up Adventist: Faith and Science

I am an Adventist amalgamation of my grandfathers.  One was a second-generation Adventist pastor, evangelist, and chaplain.  The other was a convert to Adventism while working as a machinist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory and a lifelong enthusiast of Scientific American.  

Viewpoint: Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom from Consequences

As an Adventist minister, I’ve followed with more than casual interest Dr.

Summer Reading Group: The Cost of Discipleship

The summer is well underway and once again we’re planning to blog through a book together.

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