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Adventist News: Around the World edition

  • Sanitarium Weet-Bix sponsors and brings back the tradition of the Sheffield Shield to Australian cricket,
  • A new brochure, with the image of the pope and other world leaders, is distributed in Sydney promoting an evangelistic series,
  • A tiny Brisbane church has 10 people turn up requesting baptism,
  • Adventists buy up 3 minute advertising slots on local TV to run small health and Bible segments in Gippsland,
  • New Zealanders are pumped up to pray for those finding hardship over rising fuel prices on August 2.

Seminar on integration of faith and learning held at Loma Linda University.

The The Salt Lake Tribune”s Religion News Blog writes:

Lincoln Steed had one message for Seventh-day Adventists at their annual retreat here: “Watch out. True religious freedom is being threatened before your eyes.”

Steed is editor of Liberty, the church’s 100-year-old magazine on religious freedom, and was one of the retreat’s keynote speakers. He speaks rapidly, running easily between discussions of recent flaps over the Ten Commandments in the public square to the prisoners at Guanta’namo to same-sex unions. His knowledge is encyclopedic; his opinions, passionate.

“It is time to respond to the threats with spiritual commitment,” he said. “It is our role to rein in the wrong.”

Adventist positions are anything but partisan or predictable.

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Loma Linda University Medical Center joins dozens of California hospitals incorporating “evidence-based architecture” including “single-occupancy patient rooms and emergency departments with enclosed rooms and negative air pressure to protect against airborne infections in each of its hospitals.”

Diasporian News reports:

Ghanaian Adventists resident in United States and Canada have completed their annual camp meeting at Scranton, Pennsylvania. Under the theme “Led By His Spirit”, over one thousand Ghanaians assembled at the campus of Marywood University, a Catholic institution two hour drive west of New York city. Other campers also came from Europe and Ghana to share the blessings of this yearly convocation. Campers came with their families to pray for revival and renewal, study the Bible in-depth and to fellowship together in this 20th annual convocation which began from Wednesday and ended on Sunday.

Garwin McNeilus of Dodge Center has a goal of building 100,000 Seventh Day Adventist churches in poor countries around the world.

McNeilus has designed a church that’s inexpensive to produce, can be built quickly and is easily shipped anywhere in the world.

The first church was recently constructed in Ecuador within six hours.

“They were able to have a church service in it the same day,” McNeilus said.

McNeilus said the Seventh Day Adventist church, which he belongs to, has experienced tremendous growth in several third world countries, especially those in Africa.

The churches can double as schools and most of them will have several windows.

Three workers are employed making the churches, and they can produce one church per hour, he said, with steel from nearby McNeilus Steel.

Each kit costs about $3,000 to make and $200 to ship. Members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church are sponsoring the costs.

The Malaysian Star writes about a 23-year-old graduate of La Sierra University who has written a children’s book exploring the diverse forms of masculinity.

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