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Book Review: Where Are We Headed? Adventism after San Antonio

When retired leaders—be they in the realms of government or the church—choose to speak out about the state of the nation or the church, their interjections are often met with some skepticism and with inevitable questions about why they are speaking now.

Is Truth Dead?

The April 3, 2017, issue of Time has a cover that, if not for the changing of one word, is the exact replica of the one on the April 8, 1966, issue of the magazine. The one published fifty one years earlier had in red letters on a black field the question, “Is God Dead?” The one published this year with the same colors and the same font asks, “Is Truth Dead?” It would seem that if the answer to the first was in the affirmative the second question should have been asked much sooner.

The Weightier Matters of the Law

If Jesus had a roast, it would be Matthew 23.

It is sometimes called “The Seven Woes” because when Jesus roasts you, it clearly has to come in historically relevant numbers. Reading the chapter is like watching everyone get burned by Eminem in the end of 8 Mile.

So who’s He Roasting?

Ten Commandments for Adventist Communicators

1. Always speak the truth in love. Truth welcomes fearless examination. Love is the one motivation that matters, the only legacy that lasts. While truth is precious, nobody is helped by honesty that is brutal.

2. Prioritize your pursuits. If you answer every call, you’ll be like a stray dog at a whistlers’ convention. Don’t try to change the world. Change your world. Then witness the ripples widening.

Adventist Judge Takes the Bench in Georgia

Cynthia Adams, an attorney and member of the Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church in Atlanta, was appointed last month by the Georgia Governor to serve as a Superior Court Judge. She spoke to Spectrum about her passion for law, her faith, and her interview with Governor Nathan Deal.

The Dissolution of Regional Conferences: Another Perspective

For several years now, I have listened with interest to arguments for and against the continued operation of regional conferences. Most of the arguments against their continued existence are these:

1.      Separate (so called “segregated” conferences) fly in the face of the biblical imperative of unity as outlined by our Lord and Savior in John 17.

2.      Separate conferences are relics of the past, are “sustained by ancient arguments and stories,” and are no longer relevant in post-civil rights America.

The Problem of Suffering Is Inherent in Theism

I have long been fascinated by Thomas Hardy’s diatribe against fate, Hap.

If but some vengeful god would call to me 
From up the sky, and laugh: "Thou suffering thing, 
Know that thy sorrow is my ecstasy, 
That thy love's loss is my hate's profiting!" 

Then would I bear it, clench myself, and die, 
Steeled by the sense of ire unmerited; 
Half-eased in that a Powerfuller than I 
Had willed and meted me the tears I shed. 

LGBT Youth Despair in Hostile Church Environment

Four professors at Andrews University, feeling that the time was right, teamed up to study the experience of Seventh-day Adventist LGBT+ youth related to coming out to their families. Curtis VanderWaal, chair and professor in the Department of Social Work, along with colleagues in the psychology and religion departments, surveyed hundreds of LGBT+ adults who were raised Adventist. They were shocked by some of the findings.

Villagers Were Joyously Loud - ADRA in Burundi

Maja Ahac wrote the following essay about her experiences in Kivoga, Rutana, Burundi to commemorate International Women's Day, Wednesday March 8. 

Nutmeat Is Back!

J Douglas Hines, chairman and general partner of Atlantic Natural Foods, talks about his company's latest deal that will bring Nutmeat and Nutolene from Australia to the USfamiliar can

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