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Why Stephen Bohr Wants Male Headship in the Adventist Church

Stephen Bohr's summation of the arguments for women's ordination? "They're based on faulty reasoning, faulty study of Scripture, partial evidence, redefining words, injecting contexts that are not there, and ignoring contexts that are there." That categorical dismissal of ordination equality came on the first night of the Fresno, California pastor's Women's Ordination symposium. In a two-hour marathon lecture, Bohr made the case that male headship is God's way--the right way. Really, the only way forward for the Adventist Church.

The Possibility of an Impossible Online Community

Hospitality is only truly hospitable when freely offered, at least initially, without condition.  As Jacques Derrida notes, if one already knows whether a midnight knock on the door is likely to be a familiar wayfarer seeking mutual refreshment or a selfish thief with nefarious intentions, the door will only be opened to a short list of insiders while keeping unfamiliar strangers in the dark.  Therefore, unconditional hospit

Handover

At the end of June 2013, 15 months ago, Alexander Carpenter wrote a farewell message on the Spectrum blog — this blog that he started and nurtured and made into the must-read destination it became. He handed it over to me as interim editor — a job I reluctantly accepted. I never dreamed more than a year would go by until I could write my own farewell note.

Taking The Next Step

Thank you, Spectrum readers. You have made possible the next big step in the history of our organization. Jared Wright begins his work as the full-time managing editor of the Spectrum website today.

With the successful fund raising campaign of the past year, the Adventist Forum Board of Directors decided to invest the additional resources into the growth area of our audience on the web site.

Three Angles News - Adventist Pastor Abducted in Ukraine

1. Ukrainian SDA pastor Sergei Litovchenko was abducted by armed men during a communion service last Sabbath, forced to lock his Horlivka church, and driven away in a car.  His whereabouts are unknown.

Growing Up Adventist: Learning What's Really Important

“God is so good; He's so good to me!”

Union College Hosts Service Remembering Victims in Iraq

Union College hosted an Interfaith Iraq Peacemaking and Memorial Service yesterday, September 28, that drew 300 people in remembrance of Yazidi people who have been killed and enslaved by the jihadist group ISIS, or ISIL.

Twisting the Tail of the Comet: Bill Loveless at the Beginning

Today a memorial service for William A. Loveless, a beloved pastor who impacted countless lives during his notable career, is being held at the Loma Linda University Church at 2pm.

Camino SDA Church Shelters Evacuees from California's King Fire

Burning since September 13, the King Fire has swept its way through El Dorado County, California, leaving 96,004 acres destroyed in its wake.

Riverside Adventist Academy in India Flooded, Teacher Drowned

Greg Khng first fell in love with India in 2012 when he traveled to the northeast part of the country with the Walla Walla University annual immunization trip, led by the WWU nursing program.

Oakwood University Board Votes Historic Recommendation

Oakwood University's newsletter, sent out today, contained the significant announcement from the university's president that the school wants to shift its sponsorship from the General Conference (it, along with Andrews University and Loma Linda University are GC institutions) to the North American Division.

Three Angles News - Doctor Writes from Liberia

1. Gillian Seton, the doctor and Loma Linda graduate who has been working at Cooper Adventist Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, shares her recent struggles combating the Ebola virus.

Women To Explore Mentorship at Annual Conference

Gordon Bietz, president of Southern Adventist University, will be in the minority at an upcoming conference being held on the university campus. Bietz is the only man listed on the conference program for the Association of Adventist Women’s annual conference October 16 through 18 — but he will stand in august company.

Online Stewardship Conference Reaches Around the World

People from more than 80 countries tuned in to watch the World Stewardship Conference streamed live from the General Conference headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland this weekend. Almost 20 different presenters spoke Friday, Sabbath and Sunday on budgeting, Christian ethics, tithing, personal finance, and biblical principles for managing resources.

The Record Keeper Goes to London

The Record Keeper (initially sponsored by the General Conference but then cancelledhas been chosen as one of the films in the 2014 Raindance Film Festival in cen

Real Names and the State of the Commentariat

In philosophy and other areas of controversy, like politics, we often come to adopt a view on a disputed matter. When this happens, then even if you recognize the reasonableness of contrary views, you can come to really feel that your view is right, to the point that it can feel as if you know that it’s true. And I think that taking such a strong stand on a disputed issue can be good.

Growing Up Adventist: My Culture, My People

What am I? (culturally, I mean). I was born in Canada, and spent my childhood in upstate New York before moving to Memphis, Tennessee to spend my boyhood in the south. My family is ethnically Haitian but I didn’t grow up around other Haitians and thus lost my mother tongue as well as a potential identity.

Three Angles News - Loma Linda Graduates Win on Meaningful Work Metric

1. Graduates of Loma Linda University rank number one among universities in finding their careers meaningful, a







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