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Digesting Peter Singer

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Australian Peter Singer is the the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is also arguably the most controversial philosopher alive today. His critics label him “the most dangerous man in the world”. Using an adjective like “dangerous” to describe a philosopher might seem vastly overblown or at least oxymoronic.

Reminder: Leaving Church and Babette's Feast for July's Book & Film Club

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Just a reminder of this month's Book & Film Club selections are Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor and Babette's Feast.  

Wall-E: A Movie With a Full Heart, or A Tribute to Justin

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I went to see Wall-E, the new film from the animation powerhouse, Pixar, not because I like animated films (although I usually do) and not because I like stories about robots (although I usually don’t). I went because my life briefly touched one of the story artists behind the film, one of the hundreds of names in the credits that often scroll by without me giving them much thought.

Church Accountability: Seven Cautionary Narratives

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Mid-June 2008, a newly published 379-page book arrived in my mailbox on the east coast of Australia. Who was willing, I wondered, to pay $15 to airmail this volume from the United States to the Antipodes? Immediately, the title arrested my attention:

Gone Baby Gone

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Ethical dilemmas only really occur when values that are held equally dearly come into conflict with each other and cannot be resolved by protecting both. For example, a mother is pregnant but continuing with the pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.

Book Club Discussion: I Don't Believe in Atheists--All Welcome to Join

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If you pick up Chris Hedges’ recent book I Don’t Believe In Atheists, don’t be misled by the title. This book is no recapitulation of the well-worn phrase: “There are no atheists in foxholes” which is often used by those wishing to combat atheism by dismissing it.

Death and Resurrection in the Hebrew Scriptures

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The author of Resurrection and the Restoration of Israel: The Ultimate Victory of the God of Life, Jon D. Levenson, is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University Divinity School. He has been studying the idea of death and resurrection in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and early Judaic sources (including Rabbinic and New Testament texts) since his Harvard Ph.D. dissertation on the theology of restoration in Ezekiel.

June Book & Film Club Reminder: Read I Don't Believe in Atheists and Watch Lars and the Real Girl

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Just a reminder for those of you who want to read/view the book and film club selections for the month that our selections are I Don't Believe in Atheists by Chris Hedges and Lars and the Real Girl. Discussion starts on June 26. 

Church Treasurer Gives the Background on the Books

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Robert E. Lemon has been the treasurer of the Seventh-day Adventist world church for the last six years. He recently reported tithe takings of $1.78 billion for the last fiscal year – as well as a multimillion “extraordinary tithe”.

In a wide-ranging interview with Spectrum, he shares his insights about how giving trends are changing, how the Church spends its money and why endowments aren’t always a good idea.

Classic Film Night: Jesus of Montreal

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‘Tell me the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.’ - #196, SDA Hymnal

For those who have grown up Christian, or even within a broader Western culture, the ‘Passion Week’ story – Jesus’ last week leading to his death and resurrection – is not only old, but likely very familiar. And here is a potential problem. We already know the details and the ending. We’ve heard it all before, probably many many times. And while familiarity may not breed contempt, it can easily breed indifference.

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