Eliel Cruz is a graduate of Andrews University who has gone on to do organzing work and journalism at the intersections of faith and the LGBT+ community. Cruz recently launched a new venture, in the fundraising stage, that will document gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals of many faith traditions. Cruz travels to various conferences on faith and sexuality, and in the process, has learned the stories of many for whom their religious identities and LGBT+ identities overlap.
Christmas in My Heart Book 24 is out this year in time for Christmas. This series, edited by Joe Wheeler and published by Pacific Press as well as other publishers, has lasted for more than two decades. Wheeler, 79, has edited or authored 91 books and still keeps busy full-time. He talked to Spectrum about how the series began and why he still isn't tired of Christmas.
Senior pastor of California's 2,000-member Azure Hills Church, John Brunt, retired from his long career in the Adventist church two months ago. In his 50 years of service, he has seen the church grow and change and has been present at some pivotal moments. Spectrum asked Brunt about the milestones of his ministry, the evolution of his faith, his greatest disappointment and his advice to the next generation.