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Eyewitness Report: Oshkosh Pathfinder Camporee

Here I am at Pathfinder International Oshkosh Camporee 2014, a five day mega-campout for Adventist youth. This special Camporee happens only every five years, and is always greatly anticipated by many Pathfinders.

Discipleship—6: Suffering Servants

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

47,000 Pathfinders Wrap Up Oshkosh Camporee

The International Pathfinder Camporee, held every five years, is a memorable event for young Pathfinders who come from all over the world. The last four Camporees have been held at the Experimental Aircraft Associations AirVenture Campgrounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This year, about 47,000 Pathfinders are attending the five-day extravaganza, organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church's North American Division and Center for Youth Evanglism in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Viewpoint: The Holy War on My Facebook

Hundreds of children are dead; thousands of missiles have been fired, and over a million people are living without access to water. With statistics like these showing up every night on the evening news, it’s a situation impossible to ignore.  

Kenyan Adventist Politician Proposes Extreme Anti-Gay Bill

A bill that calls for stoning as a punishment for “aggravated homosexuality” or for any foreigner who commits a “homosexual act” has been proposed to Kenya’s National Assembly by a Seventh-day Adventist politician.

Three Angles News Plus - Adventists Win Right Not to Work Sabbath in Portugal

1. Portugal's highest court has ruled that two Adventists have the right to not work Saturday shifts because of their religious beliefs.

Illegal Dreamers

It was spring quarter of 2014 at La Sierra University.

Growing Up Adventist: Singing Special Music

The summer I turned four The Sound of Music came out.

How Much Does It Really Cost to Go to an Adventist College?

The moral case for doing a better job of giving Americans the opportunity to succeed is very compelling. The economic case is just as strong. If more Americans are educated, more will be employed, their collective earnings will be greater, and the overall productivity of the American workforce will be higher.

11:59 and Ticking

Decades ago, evangelists, preachers and Bible teachers loved to assert that the clock of this earth’s time was past 11:59pm and that time was very, very short for probation to end and Jesus to return.  The second hand on the clock was described as positioned at just seconds to midnight.  

Ted Wilson and the General Conference release statement on violence in Syria

This article first appeared on APD News Flash.

Ted Wilson and Dan Jackson's 2014 ASI Town Hall Meeting

The ASI 2014 Town Hall meeting on August 8 in Grand Rapids, Michigan presented and discussed questions about the Seventh-day Adventist church’s stance on several major issues including homosexuality, women’s ordination, the Spirit of Prophecy, the NAD moving out of the GC building, and the health ministry.

The Cost of Discipleship – 5: The Narrow Road

This is the fifth post in a nine-part series for Spectrum’s 2014 Summer Reading Group. Each post will be drawn from chapters of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You can view the reading/posting schedule here

The Record Keeper Online

Updated August 11, 2014: The Record Keeper web series, which was sponsored by the General Conference who then decided not to release it, has been leaked and is available to watch on YouTube. The Adventist site thehaystack.tv has published a link to The Record Keeper series. The person who posted the files online is not known to the makers of The Record Keeper.

Growing Up Adventist: Community on the Borders

When I was about seven years old, Denver South SDA church updated their lower level flooring. The faded orange carpet dated back to when my dad was in Primary and stains had begun to evoke images of sickness rather than sunlight. Those in charge elected to use a purple speckled pattern as a replacement and it was installed throughout the basement. A dark purple border ran along the walls from the fellowship hall to the Pathfinders trophy case.

Subversive Worship


I'm gonna talk with the Prince of Peace

Down by the Riverside

Ain't gonna study war no more

Down by the riverside is one of my all-time favorite worship songs. I realized this while standing outside a Primary Sabbath School room on a Sabbath following a particularly violent week in the news. There’s no balm in Gilead stronger than the voices of children singing “we ain’t gonna study war no more.”

Three Angles News- British Conscientious Objectors Remembered

1. Some Adventists were among 10,000 British Conscientious Objectors who spent World War One in Dartmoor prison. Victor Hulbert, who is creating a documentary about this historical episode, shared his research with more than 500 members of Stanborough Park Seventh-day Adventist Church in Watford, England recently.

The Unity of Salvation and Human Well-being

After becoming an Adventist in high school, I struggled to understand the precise relationship between salvation and liberation, grace and human wellbeing in the Christian gospel. No matter which church I attended, I was repeatedly told that, unlike other churches, Adventists reject the dualistic understanding of mind and body, spirit and matter. “Adventists have a holistic understanding of human beings,” many pastors insisted. Why else would they tell us to rest on Sabbath and become vegetarians? This is what I have always appreciated about the Adventist Church.

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