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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....
 
News Briefs April 11, 2014:
The African press is condemning the Church for supposedly going easy on homosexuals during its recent Council in Cape Town; creative outreach and medical ministry are being promoted in large cities of the world where Adventist presence is still comparatively minimal; the Church is helping legally fight a ruling contesting the constitutionality of parsonage allowances; more....
 
R&H Board Votes Major Down-sizing, $1.5 Million in Payroll Cuts
The Review and Herald Publishing Association (R&H) board voted significant cuts in staff and operations at a special meeting on Sunday (April 6) after year-end reports revealed a loss of nearly $943,000 for operations in 2013 and continued weakness in the first quarter of this year. This came just months after an abortive attempt to merge the two publishing houses operated by the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in the United States....
 
Well-known Missionary Pilot and Others Killed in Plane Crash in Indonesia
An Adventist Aviation-Indonesia (AAI) plane piloted by veteran missionary pilot Bob Roberts crashed upon takeoff this morning at the AAI headquarters in Papua, claiming his life as well as those of several passengers on board. Witnesses said that the plane, a Quest Kodiak, appeared to have trouble lifting off just before it slammed into a bridge at the end of the runway. An official cause has yet to be determined by investigators....
 
New Details Released about Half-million Dollar Online Theft from GC
New details in the ongoing investigation of an Internet theft that cost the General Conference (GC) of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination about $500,000 were released today. The money was lost over a four-week period late last year. Finance officers at the GC say a compromised password appears to have allowed online scammers to hack into the Gmail account of a church employee authorized to initiate instructions for money transfers. Impersonating the employee without his knowledge the criminals sent emails to financial officers at the GC approving the transfer of funds on behalf of a denominational entity....
 
 

Opinion

   
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?...
   
   
"When the Peculiar People Sing": A Few Hymns from Early Adventist Hymnals - Lawrence Downing
It is my hypothesis that the hymns published in the first Adventist hymnals reflect or, perhaps in stronger terms, shaped how the first Adventists understood their community, their mission and their world. An examination of the hymns sung by Adventist congregations Sabbath after Sabbath provide a window into what beliefs and hope the singers held close....
   
   
Motives, Gossip and Redemption - Danny Bell
The damage of unconfirmed information and judgments on people who are not present to defend themselves is a shameful, fully blown culture in the Adventist church. Too often in our executive meetings, discussions about others that expose them to speculation and rumor is permitted. It is a current phenomenon at all levels of church government and needs to be stopped or at least curtailed by those who have control and responsibility in such meetings....
   
   

     Recent Comments:

 
 

2014-04-16 11:49 PM

   I am guessing:  Would you do some work for us?

2014-04-16 10:47 PM

"The Adventist Church at GC level is reliable and trustworthy . . . "  I would not dispute this statement except to ask "reliable and trustworthy" to do what and for whom? These are the real questions. The GC...

2014-04-16 10:46 PM

Steven Ferg. A person's faith in the grace of God unto salvation, is a singular pursuit of the individual. Some by nature are enthusiatic for social sharing, while others are more introverted relative to groupings, whether religious or extra fun...

2014-04-16 9:50 PM

Jack is promoting death before sin, despite the biblical statements to the contrary? What other biblical passages and SoP statements is he trying to rewrite? Where is he trying to lead his readers with his contradictory statements and propositions?...

2014-04-16 6:55 PM

Mr cb25 is a good example of the extremes one can go to when Adventists reject the light God has given them through the writings of Ellen White which inevitibly will also erode their belief in the truths found in the Holy...

2014-04-16 4:32 PM

It may well be that the inhouse people know what needs to be done.  But the final decision makers are hostage to their constituencies. It would be well to reflect that a number of vice presidents were restructured out in the past 18 months or...

2014-04-16 12:23 PM

Pointing out that Jesus told a "heretical" story about a poor man in hell is priceless.  Well done!  And that the current GC leadership would not allow Jesus to tell that story is one of the best comments I have heard...

2014-04-15 6:44 PM

Perhaps you should define exactly what you meant by: "Were that the case, why was there no groundswell of opposition to women serving as clergy in the early history of the Church, when surely Adventists had more fundamentalistic cultural...

2014-04-13 7:26 PM

  Steve, Re: your mention of Section 116 in the Australian Constitution.   It is a little known fact, even among SDA's, that they were largely responsible for the Religious Liberty section 116 being included in Australia's...

2014-04-13 7:25 PM

Yes EM but its not so raw for me as one who was in the thick of it, I saw many make career based moves and quite quickly to get out of pastoring as it has alot of health hazards. The thing is however, the hazard is not standing for truth be it 19th...


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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