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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

   
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....
   
   

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2014-04-21 10:30 AM

Stephen - the Rich Young Ruler analogy is excellent. Jesus generally called on those who came for healing, feeding, and answers to life's deepest questions to change. He asked the Rich young Ruler if he was willing to change. He told Nicodemus,...

2014-04-21 10:03 AM

The light given me was, “Give this no sanction.” These performances, which savored of the theatrical, were to have no place in the proclamation of the solemn messages entrusted to us. {Ev 137.3}  Let us follow light instead of...

2014-04-21 9:06 AM

Chris…uhm asking “how do [you] know…” assumes that you do know (or certainly that you think you know)—not that “there is no way of [actually] doing so.”

2014-04-21 5:57 AM

Hi, Trevor. To answer your question "Is 'alternative sexuality' sin?" Following is my opinion on the matter: No. In and of itself, "alternative sexuality" is not a sin. It is not the orientation of the person that is...

2014-04-20 10:12 PM

If anyone believes because he paid taxes he is entitled to say he owns the Washington Monument he is living in a world of fantasy. Any Australian, African or Japanese can visit it without paying a single tax dollar! The suspension, better the...

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...

2014-04-20 12:57 PM

      It depends on which faction you talk to.  This should not lead to perfectionism and doesn't in all that claim the human nataure of Christ.  But it should not say it is impossible--it just is a remote...

2014-04-20 10:33 AM

Arlin, "Why is this self-evident truth so difficult to understand?" I ask you the same question. Nowhere in Dan. 8 does it say that the 2300 days have to end with the second coming, so why are you insisting that only the second coming...

2014-04-20 1:54 AM

So sorry such a huge loss. I had this young girl at my home in Walla Walla while she was a student at WWCollege. She seemed on track full of energy and determined to take on the world!! Praying for her family. Sharlene M.  


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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