La Sierra English professor Robert Dunn interviews his former student, Don Davenport, who wrote the screenplay for Hallmark Channel feature "Expecting a Miracle."
Question: Don, you were my student a number of years ago at what is now La Sierra University. Your success gladdens my heart. So far as I am aware, you were the first to write a novel in lieu of a thesis for a Master’s degree in English.
Spectrum asks Roger Dudley about a new survey he recently completed that sheds light on political and religious views of Adventist college students.
Question: Tell us about your recent survey of Adventist college students and their political views.
Answer: We surveyed students at North American Adventist students about their political and religious views a couple of weeks before the presidential election in November 2008. The results are published in the latest issue of Spectrum.
La Sierra University professor Kendra Haloviak gave students in her “Seven churches of the Apocalypse” graduate seminar this assignment: Interview a pastor who conducted a non-traditional Revelation seminar in the last three years.
Ministerial student Lambert Trinidad spoke to Guillermo Gucilatar, a pastor, evangelist, and administrator from the Philippines who recently retired in Southern California.
David Park is a university student, and the president of ANEW - a network of Adventist university students that attend non-Adventist institutions. He talks to Spectrum about his organization, his goals and his convictions.
Question: ANEW is described as a retreat for Adventist college students attending non-Adventist schools - a weekend to get together, network, worship together and get inspired. How did you get the idea to start ANEW? Is this the first year the retreat has been held?
Barry Bussey, a Canadian attorney, is going to work on Capitol Hill about the same time as Barack Obama moves into the White House. He has been elected to serve as the Adventist Church's liaison to the US government. Spectrum asked him about his new position, and his views on politics and religion.
Question: You were recently appointed as the new associate director for the world church's Public Affairs and Religious Liberty department, serving as the church's liaison to the US Congress. When do you take up your new role and what will your primary duties be?
This interview with Joel Klimkewicz, an Adventist Marine who fought through a court martial for the right to be a non-combatant, was originally posted on David Hamstra's blog apokalupto. It is reprinted here with permission.
Joel Klimkewicz is a colleague of mine at the Adventist Theological Seminary, with whom I have enjoyed several classes. It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I realized that he is the former US Marine who had received media coverage (Adventist links are the only ones still up.) a couple years ago for spending time in the brig on account of his non-combatant convictions.
The Honorable Lady Justice Mary Ang’awa, judge in the High Court of Kenya, was honored as Woman of the Year at the Association of Adventist Women’s Conference, October 11, 2008.
The standing of women and children in society has always been important to Judge Ang’awa. In the 1990s, she established the SINAGA Center, a charity to empower children through literacy, numeracy, home-management and market-oriented skills. Twenty-five hundred children have undergone training in this program.
Gary Krause, an Australian born to missionary parents in Fiji, is director of the Office of Adventist Mission at the General Conference. His office funds mission work and prepares mission quarterlies, Adventist Mission DVDs and other communications about the mission work of the church.
Mission, always an integral part of the Adventist church and ideology, is also a concept that must evolve and change. Spectrum asked Krause about his definition of mission and his goals for the GC's mission office.
Spectrum asked Chris Lewis, co-author of The Character of God Controversy, to explain how he became inspired to write a book exploring the character of God and His sense of justice.
Question: I note that the book cites scriptural references and carefully selected statements from the writings of Ellen White. In preparing for the writing of this book, did you and Steve Wohlberg consult sources outside of Scripture / Ellen White? What other sources (Adventist or non-Adventist) did you draw upon?
I interviewed Roy Branson for the Association of Adventist Forums' printed Annual Report, handed out at last weekend's Forum Conference in Orlando, Florida. But the Annual Report did not have enough space to capture all of Roy Branson's thoughts on the history of Spectrum, so the complete interview is published here.