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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

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier is well known among many Seventh-day Adventists since making three films about the denomination. Doblmeier’s Adventist trilogy has appeared on PBS television, and the films were screened for capacity crowds at Loma Linda Seventh-day Adventist Church. Doblmeier is set to return for the Southern California premiere of his latest film, which is on American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. The screening will take place Saturday, March 11, at 4:30 pm, in the university church. Here is a recent interview with the award-winning filmmaker.

Charles Scriven: The State of Our Union—Good, Beautiful, and Threatened

Charles Scriven needs no introduction to most readers of Spectrum. For more than 50 years, he has been thinking and writing about the interaction of life and religion. He has been a pastor, an editor, a professor, and college president. He belongs to that interesting group of people whose pursuit of truth is not driven by concerns of career and ambition.

The Whirlwinds of Revolt: #ItIsTimeAU

If you exist in a culture, you are subject to it. No exceptions.

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech that would go down in history as one of the greatest speeches of the 21st century. In it, he implored America to re-think the way it had treated African-Americans theretofore and plowed ahead using the language of unity and equality.

The most forgotten parts of that speech are the warnings.

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