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Jan Paulsen Speaks About Ordination as TOSC Meets for Final Session

This week, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee convenes for its fourth and final meeting to discuss the ordination of women. The study committee will finalize a report to the General Conference, which will be reviewed and discussed at the 2014 Annual Council. The Annual Council will decide what to refer to the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas. The Adventist News Agency (APD) in Switzerland today published a story about Jan Paulson, and his comments on women's ordination. An excerpt appears here:

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Methodist Church May Split Over Sexuality Issues

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is not the only church struggling with issues of sexuality and church doctrine. An article from Religion News Service reports that a group of 80 pastors from the United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant denomination in the US, says a split in the church is imminent.

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Sabbath Sermon: Sigve Tonstad, "Rites or Rights: Sabbath and Justice in the Prophets"

2013 Andrews University Music & Worship Conference :: Session Three from NAD Adventist on Vimeo.

Second of a two-part presentation. For the first one, click here.

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Bringing the Real World to Genesis: Negotiating the Creation-Evolution Wars

Many readers are likely somewhat familiar with Fritz Guy’s thinking regarding Genesis One, with some of this having been developed in recent years through books and articles available to Spectrum readers. It is his belief that a literal reading of Genesis is mistaken, and those inclined to take this approach, if consistent, must deal with the literal definition of “firmament,” for example, intended by the ancient author of Genesis as a concept that even most biblical literalists will recognize to be problematic.

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Three Angles News - Adventists Support World No Tobacco Day

1. “Raising Tobacco Taxes” is the motto for this year's World No Tobacco Day, sponsored by the World Health Organization.

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Report from Union College: Local Literary Wonders

Seven desks drawn into a circle, tea brewing in the background and books pulled out of every backpack.

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Silences in Our Texts: A Response to the Sexual Practices Guideline

Seventh-day Adventists are a textual people.

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My Church Doesn't Care About Me

There is something frightfully wrong with the Seventh-day Adventist church today — a problem that has pervaded most religious organizations around the world. If not dealt with, it can take away all of the good that the SDA church has done in the world. The problem is this: My church doesn’t care about me.

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Sabbath Sermon: Sigve Tonstad, "'Or the Resident Alien in Your Towns': Sabbath and Justice in the Commandments"

2013 Andrews University Music & Worship Conference :: Session Two from NAD Adventist on Vimeo.

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Ignition! Donor Lights a Big Match

It just became easier for you to help us close the remaining $32,000 gap for us to raise $250,000 for this year’s annual fundraising campaign.

Wishing to inspire more financial support for Spectrum, a longtime supporter has pledged to match up to 10 contributions of $1000 each made by June 30. This creates the possibility for us to receive a surge of $20,000 from this match challenge. Do you like doubling your money or return?  Here’s the perfect chance.

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Innovate, Innovate, Innovate: The Review & Herald and the Dilemma of Adventist Publishing

Adventist publishing: When the church praises it, it’s a ministry. When the church critiques it, it’s a business.

Of course, it’s both. And it needs wholesale reinvention.

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Adventism and Fundamentalism Cannot Thrive Together

The founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church wanted the freedom to study the Scriptures for themselves, and to follow the Bible wherever it would lead them.  “Why should we end the reformation with Martin Luther, John Calvin, Menno Simons, Thomas Cranmer, or John Wesley?” was the sentiment among our pioneers.

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Three Angles News - New CEO at Loma Linda

1. An interim CEO has been named for Loma Linda University Medical Center. Kerry Heinrich will oversee the six hospitals that make up the Medical Center while a permanent replacement for Ruthita Fike, who resigned, is found.

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Caring for Words: Cherish Silence

This is the last installment of our "Caring for Words" book club. Thank you so much to all the writers, discussers, and readers who participated, and may God help us all to be excellent stewards of the gift of language.

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Final Reflections from Friedensau: What Have We Learned?

By Thursday lunchtime last week, the 19 men at Friedensau Adventist University had told their stories of the various responses of the Seventh-day Church to the First World War and looked at the effects of the war on the church.

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War, Virtue and the Quest for a New Adventism

The last day of the conference at Friedensau Adventist University,The Impact of World War I on Seventh-day Adventists,” was a half-day, with qu

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New President Named at Union College

Union College has hired its first woman president. Dr. Vinita Sauder replaces John Wagner, retiring this summer.

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Viewpoint: A Crisis of Leadership at Washington Adventist University

President of Washington Adventist University Weymouth Spence and Provost Cheryl Kisunzu recently announced that four faculty are being laid off because of budget constraints. Dr. Susan Comilang, chair of the English Department, Joseph Tobing, assistant professor of Computer Science, Dr.

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Sabbath Sermon: Darius Jankiewicz, "Authority of the Christian Leader"

Authority of the Christian Leader from NAD Adventist on Vimeo.

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Unprecedented Meeting Examines Church’s Missional Structure

Today the North American Division published this report about its meetings this week.

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