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Preston Hawes, 31, became the director of the New England Youth Ensemble at Washington Adventist University after its founder and long-time director Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse passed away last August at age 88.
Hawes is a violinist and conductor, and earned his bachelors in music from WAU in 2004. He holds a masters in performance from Yale University, and is working toward his doctorate at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.
He started playing with the NEYE when he was just 15 years old.
Daniel Chaij, retired US diplomat, works to get Spanish-language Bibles into the hands of people who need them through the Emmanuel Bible Society.
Question: You are the president of the Sociedad Biblica Emanuel (Emmanuel Bible Society), which distributes Spanish-language Bibles. Where do you distribute the Bibles?
Christopher Carey, Southern Adventist University's vice president for advancement, talks about new construction around campus and a big capital and endowment campaign to raise a lot more money.
Question: While many Adventist colleges across the country have struggled to attract students and keep their doors open, Southern's enrollment has continued a steady upward trajectory for almost 20 years. What is your enrollment now?
The theology of hell, the real Edward Fudge, and stitching story lines from spiderwebs and bird spit: Donald Davenport talks to Spectrum about his new movie.
The movie premiered in Houston on June 3 to an enthusiastic audience.
Question: You wrote the script for the movie Hell and Mr. Fudge, which recently won the Platinum Award at the Houston International Film Festival. How did you get involved with the movie?
Emily Wilkens is an animated, impetuous, jump-right-in-with-both-feet 25-year-old with a health science degree from Walla Walla University and her name on the cover of a new book published by Pacific Press.
African Rice Heart is a candid portrait of Wilkens’ six-month stint working at a small Adventist hospital in Béré, Chad in 2009.
Paul Conneff, an Adventist pastor and marriage and family therapist, has developed a ministry dedicated to praying people free from guilt, anger and addictive behaviors. Spectrum asked Paul what makes his ministry both unique and effective.
RD: What is at the heart of "Straight to the Heart Ministries"? What is your spiritual and theological philosophy, and how do you embody it practically?
This interview, published online in 2007, is from an important twenty-four part series of “interlogues” by Julius Nam. Since retiring his blog last year, Progressive Adventism, Nam has given Spectrum permission to republish his interviews with significant figures in Adventism.
Since the second edition of Malcolm Bull and Keith Lockhart’s Seeking a Sanctuary was released four years ago, the book has been widely read, extensively quoted and adopted as a text in various Adventist colleges. Some reviews of the second edition are listed at the end of this post.
In February, Southern Adventist University president Gordon Bietz became likely the first university president in the history of Adventist education to undergo an extreme makeover for a school event. Video of the event, which included a flash mob during convocation, spread quickly around the Internet, generating significant buzz. Below, President Bietz shares some thoughts on the event and its significance.