• Mark Schaefer | Comments
    We adults can seemingly justify all kinds of tragedies that befall each other. We always look for reasons why someone might have had it coming. But not so with children; children are innocent. And more to the point, they represent promise and potential and hope. When a child dies, it hits us in a way that other deaths do not.
  • Alden Thompson | Comments
    Commentary for discussion on Sabbath, July 26, 2014
  • Charles Scriven | Comments
    Chris Oberg is the lead pastor at La Sierra University Church. Here Charles Scriven asks her about building community, preaching the gospel, and her passion for the next generation of Adventism.
Brenton Reading | Comments

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

Pam Dietrich | Comments

1. Over 30,000 Adventists in Zimbabwe celebrated religious liberty in the country. Southern African-Indian Ocean Division’s Communication Director, Paul Charles, stated that the purpose of the function was for SDAs “To express their profound appreciation to the government of Zimbabwe for the religious freedom the church was enjoying.”

Herb Montgomery | Comments

Kinship Kampmeeting was held in Atlanta, GA this year from July 15-19. Their mission is to "Provide a safe spiritual and social community to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & intersex current and former Seventh-day Adventists around the world."

“If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.”—Jesus (Matthew 12.7)

Matt Burdette | Comments

Editor's note: Matt Burdette has written for Spectrum many times and, as you will see from his post, I twisted his arm a bit to get him to write again. His insight and wit have been incredibly helpful to me both when he studied at La Sierra and now as he finishes his doctoral work at Aberdeen, one of the most prestigious universities for theologic work.

Sterling Spence | Comments

There’s a bench on a hill behind the house where I grew up. I used to go there every night during the summers and look out on the San Francisco Bay. The lights from the refineries spilled out across the water and stretched openness where occasionally a tanker would slide out to sea. The emptiness begged to be filled with conversation, so my friends and I would go there to talk.

Sterling Spence | Comments

"Of the 50,000 elephants that roamed Chad 50 years ago, barely 2 percent are left. In the neighboring Central African Republic and Cameroon, the population may be even lower.

Donald G. Morgan | Comments

This piece will appear as a letter to the editor in the upcoming edition of The Spectrum Journal. Being that it is in response to a blog post, we have chosen to also post it here.  

I feel that I have a responsibility as a 1963 graduate of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) to comment on the article posted on the Spectrum Magazine website of May 18, 2014 captioned “Crisis in Leadership at Washington Adventist University.”

Shane Akerman | Comments

Many Adventists have taken the comments from Pope Francis regarding the need to prioritize humanity over economy, along with recent rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court, as an opportunity to tout the importance of “religious liberty.” We want to make sure that no one is going to bother us for keeping the Sabbath.

Alita Byrd | Comments

The cover story of this week's Adventist Review is titled "What Do You Mean: Seventh-day Adventist?1" The author credited and pictured is Lee Roy Holmes, a "retired pastor and academy principal from the Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists."

Sterling Spence | Comments

I would like to introduce you to the guest editor of the Spectrum blog for the next three weeks while I am on vacation. Sterling Spence works as program manager for Canvasback Missions based in California. He is a recent business management and religious studies graduate of La Sierra University, and will be studying theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley next year.

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