• Lisa Clark Diller | Comments
    Research shows that group identity based on a common focus on the sacred can make people kinder to each other, both within the group and without it. Secular identity does not allow for this level of practical kindness. Volf is arguing that we need religion to help us deal with the problems of modernity.
  • Clifford Goldstein | Comments
    Facing Doubt was written, ostensibly at least, to help Adventists “on the margins” not to jump ship. That’s fine, except that, given his views on what the church should be—in contrast (thank God) to what it is—Why would anyone with those views want to belong to it to begin with?
  • Alita Byrd | Comments
    William Johnsson, editor of the Adventist Review for more than two decades, is one of the speakers at the upcoming Spectrum conference. He talked to us about his book on Jesus’ radical teachings, his greatest insights about the Christian life, and how Adventist media has changed (in a way that he says would make Uriah Smith apoplectic!).
Hallie Anderson | Comments

Wildfires have again forced many residents to evacuate their homes in Northern California as the Clayton fire continues to blaze. The fire started on August 13 off highway 29 by Clayton Creek. Cal Fire reports that almost 4,000 acres have burned since, and the fire is 65% contained. Nearly 2,000 fire fighters have worked to put out the blaze.

Pam Dietrich | Comments

Adventist Health System Florida Will Use Palm-scanning Technology for Patients. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, Florida Hospital DeLand, Shawnee Mission Health, and Chippewa Valley Hospital will be the first Adventist Health facilities to use a biometric identification, palm-scanning technology.

Bonnie Dwyer | Comments

Gracelink, the children’s Sabbath School curriculum developed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church for its children’s ministries worldwide, is being replaced.

Hallie Anderson | Comments

In a video message, Lake Union Conference President Don Livesay has invited members of the conference to join him for “A Journey to Healing and Understanding.” The event, slated for October 1 at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan, is an opportunity for union members to share personal experiences with racial tension in the church and a chance for attendees to listen closely.

Hallie Anderson | Comments

California State Senator Ricardo Lara from Los Angeles has yet again amended his bill SB 1146, a piece of legislation that had religious liberty activists up in arms. The revisions come after the senator received strong opposition from a few religious colleges and universities in the state of California.

Andrews University, Spectrum | Comments

Anna Bacchiocchi, the widow of Adventist theologian and author Samuele Bacchiocchi, was found deceased in her Berrien Springs home on Sunday, according to local news reports. Her son and daughter-in-law found her unresponsive. Emergency personnel determined that she died from exposure to carbon monoxide. Her dog was also found dead inside the house, which tipped off authorities to a potential gas leak.

Pam Dietrich | Comments

Adventist Employee Sues Walmart Alleging Religious Discrimination. Gordon Fields, a Seventh-day Adventist, filed suit against Walmart, claiming he was demoted for his observance of the Sabbath.

Hallie Anderson | Comments

The first theatrical trailer for Hacksaw Ridge, the true story of Desmond T. Doss, has been released online.

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