In the News:
 
Giving is Up in the Adventist Church, Especially Outside North America
Giving increased last year in a number of categories, the report told committee members. Tithe placed in the Tithe Fund in the denomination's North American Division during 2013 was up 1.7 percent from 2012 and totaled $949 million. Tithe Fund income in the rest of the world grew 3.6 percent for a total of more than $1.4 billion during the same year. Mission offerings from outside North America similarly grew, reaching approximately $64 million, a six percent increase from the previous year. But in North America giving to the denomination's mission offerings dipped about two percent, totaling nearly $22 million....
 
Easter Celebrations Grow at Adventist Institutions & Churches
For Southern Adventist University it was the 19th year for the SonRise Pageant last weekend, attendance probably topped 10,000...At Andrews University the Easter event took the form of a musical production, “The Passion According to Matthew” on Friday and Saturday evenings...In New York City, The Risen was produced by the Greater New York Conference youth ministries department and went through four showings...Presentations in both English and Spanish were included in the ninth annual Resurrection Pageant at Southwestern Adventist University...In southern California the drama ministry of the Redlands Seventh-day Adventist Church presented a play entitled "The Soldier" on Thursday and Friday nights...The Kelso-Longview Community Adventist Church in Lexington, Washington, continued its tradition of more than a dozen years, producing an Easter musical with a cast and choir of more than 100...Easter celebrations are beginning among Adventists in the southern hemisphere as well as in North America and Europe...In Kenya...In the Philippines....
 
The Record Keeper: Why the Film Project was Canceled
A cinema project that used an innovative artistic genre and an innovative strategy for public distribution to portray a fundamental Adventist theological concept (the great controversy theme), attracted a half million dollars in donor support and won a Hollywood film award on the strength of its promotional trailer was suddenly canceled last week. Adventist Today has received a large number of questions from church members and denominational employees, and sought additional answers....
 
Adventist Women Continue Campaign to End Domestic Violence
The End It Now campaign to stop violence against women and girls seeks to train enough first responders to deal with domestic violence in each Adventist congregation around the world. An event to start training both volunteers and church employees is scheduled for May 1-4 at the offices of the denomination's General Conference (GC) in Silver Spring, Maryland. The first-responder training curriculum that will be introduced was developed by Southern Adventist University near Chattanooga, Tennessee....
 
Adventist Governing Body Adopts Guidelines for Sexuality Issues
The executive committee of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination voted last week to adopt a seven-page document intended to provide guidelines for congregations, institutions and other organizations in dealing with current issues related to sexuality. The document emphasizes both the traditional position of the Adventist faith on sexual activity and compassion toward "alternative sexuality," the term used to refer to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) people while differentiating between behavior and identity....
 
Missing Adventist Doctor's Body Found in Indiana: Teleka Patrick Funeral
Cable News Network (CNN) reported late last week that a body found in a lake in Indiana near a major highway was identified as Dr. Teleka Patrick, the young Adventist physician in Michigan who has been missing since early December. The body was discovered by a fisherman in Lake Charles, west of Gary, Indiana, on April 6, according to an official announcement by the Porter County Coroner's Office. Patrick's car was found in December on the side of Interstate 94 with a flat tire just south of the lake....
 
'The Record Keeper' Internet Drama Series Will Not Be Distributed
Late Friday afternoon (April 11) the General Conference (GC) of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination announced a decision to suspend the release of the 11-episode Internet video drama series "The Record Keeper." The news release from the GC stated that the decision was based on a theological analysis by the Biblical Research Institute (BRI)." It is difficult to sort out how much of this is about a disagreement over 'artistic license' and how much of it is about theological disagreements," a source familiar with the pilot segment of "The Record Keeper" and denominational procedures told Adventist Today....
 
 

Opinion

   
How Does Your Spiritual Life Grow? (Part 1) - Dan M. Appel
We often talk about, but rarely describe in detail, how spiritual growth happens in our lives. Just as there are stages of growth in the maturation of corn or roses or children, so there are stages of growth in the life of a Christian. Spirituality, just like our physical, mental, emotional, and social development, occurs in defined stages. Each of these stages of spiritual growth is important—in fact is a prerequisite for developing a mature spiritual life—but when a person fails to progress beyond a stage, their arrested development leads to spiritual atrophy and eventually spiritual death—either the rigor mortis of legalism or the decay of secularism....
   
   
Professional Cuddlers? - Lawrence Downing
People today live in a world confined and defined by electronic media outlets. Communication is via faceless, emotionless words on a screen with now-and-again a happy or sad face thrown in to express the sender’s emotive intent. Within the context of a touchless, faceless-to-faceless world where people are extensions of their electronic devices, there is a place and need for direct contact with a living, breathing, present human being. Cuddling service, in this context, is a viable business plan. People do need people; a text or picture on a screen will not fly....
   
   
Time for a Family Meeting - Dean Waterman
I love my church, but just like any family member, I at times get very exasperated with our actions. The latest source of frustration is the expected/unexpected cancellation of the web-series The Record Keeper. By now many of you are probably aware of this series, the recent reluctance of the General Conference to move forward with production and release of the series, and the final press release through ANN this past week to account vaguely the series has been canceled due to “theologically inaccurate matters.”...
   
   
Nature of Christ - Glen Striemer
If there is one sermon which is taboo to preach within the confines of the SDA Church, that subject has to be on the subject of The Nature of Christ. It is deemed too divisive and often evokes a tumult between good standing members at the topic’s mere mention....
   
   
Noah: The Movie and the Ark - Andy Hanson
I concur with Paul Young’s evaluation: “Overall it is disjointed, incoherent, and awful...Paul Young’s review is kind! However, my reason for mentioning this movie isn’t to pan the acting, CGI, or script. It demonstrates visually what reasoned arguments with a biblical literalist might not: this story is a myth....
   
   
“Time Will Never be a Test Again” - Jack Hoehn
Are we perhaps just children of our Adventist ancestors doomed to repeat their same mistakes? Have we not learned from their errors? Is the enthusiasm to decree an interpretation of time on Bible prophecies and to date Christ’s return any different from our enthusiasm to set our interpretation of time on Bible history and to date Christ’s creation?...
   
   

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2014-04-22 9:42 PM

Arlin, In what way did I "interpret" Rule XIII? I simply took it as it read, as you quoted it. Of course most Millerites would have not applied that Rule in the way that I did, because they failed to realize that they had misunderstood the...

2014-04-22 9:11 PM

Yes Stephen you are probably right.  The very first thing they teach in Anthropology (of which I believe Dr Taylor is an expert) is the Sociological Imagination, which is the acceptance that no one is truly objective, and we all see things...

2014-04-22 9:06 PM

So I much agree with you here Elaine.

2014-04-22 4:59 PM

Nathan,   I am quite intrigued by what you refer to as “an anti-Biblical view of humanity.” How do you perceive that the “many good, decent, honest, compassionate folks on the left who thoughtfully and intelligently agree with...

2014-04-22 2:33 PM

It surely couldn't have been the monies made from selling Adventist health food like "Little Debbies"? The same group has been able to appoint and dethrone G.C. and other presidents for too many years. But it's always been the gold...

2014-04-22 2:24 PM

Mother Teresa was unafraid when holding the leprous of India.  All hospitals know the healing value of the human touch.  Even some bring in trained dogs for the people to pet and touch, knowing full well that it is essential to human healing....

2014-04-22 11:39 AM

The series cost less than $1M in total, and from donations, not tithe. I don't know where the $8M figure mentioned above came from. It's not correct.  The current work is the property of the General Conference since it was created...

2014-04-22 2:38 AM

The Apostle Paul faced the same issues as he sought to reach the Gentiles with the gospel. Some have suggested that if the methodology used with the Jews had been strictly applied in the matter of the Asian and European Gentiles, gospel progress would...

2014-04-20 8:44 PM

Perhaps I forgot to mention that Pastor Dan Appel preached at the St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church for the start of the Lent festival and both Catholic and Lutheran clergyman were allowed to address the congregation at the Auburn...

2014-04-20 5:41 PM

While I am not sure, what exactly you are trying to say with your comment.... Here are some figures from the European SDA church (and I believe the US will be similar in terms of trend): 17.5% of female Adventist youth report having suffered severe...


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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