'Coming Out' Ministries released a video on YouTube today called "Aren't we free to choose?" in answer to their Holy Sexuality Conference being canceled in London, which was scheduled to occur next week. The local LGBT community collected over 40,000 signatures, calling for the denial of visas for the speakers. South England Adventist Conference canceled the meetings.
In a cover article of the Adventist Review called “Jesus Claims the Center: Between Sadducees and Pharisees" by Gerald A. Klingbeil, a popular paradigm through which many persist in viewing current Adventist controversies is again being promoted.
War has always been present among different philosophies throughout history, and in the realm of medicine this is certainly no exception. But man can turn to a Source whose passages will enlighten the earnest seeker of truth for a correct understanding of healing methods.
On Friday, April 17, Sacramento Central SDA church will begin hosting a weekend of presentations on righteousness by faith. The presentations begin 7 p.m. Friday and continue all day Sabbath until 7:30 PM. Presenters include Dennis Priebe, Mike Lambert, Larry Kirkpatrick, Christian Berdahl, Allen Davis, and others. Bring something to share for fellowship lunch. Children’s program Sabbath afternoon. Book, CD, and DVD sale after Sabbath. For more information call the church office at (916) 457-6511.
In an eight-minute animation released Thursday, producer Charles Lawson of Blue Orion Media advocates for a bible-based perspective on the issue of women's ordination and not a culturally driven one. The animation was viewed over 22,000 times in three days.
The SONscreen film festival was held at La Sierra University from April 2-4, 2015. The festival has been held annually since 2002, and was coordinated by Daniel Weber and Julio Muñoz from the North American Division Communication Department. One hundred and forty-five students and faculty in attendance represented many schools in the North American Division.
The first time I talked with somebody who didn’t agree with me about who Jesus was, hands-down, I was right and they were wrong! But in my “rightness,” I was obnoxious—and wrong. I won the argument but lost an opportunity to make a friend, and more important, lost an opportunity to use apologetics in order to have a continuing discussion with that person about what Jesus wanted to do in their life.
This is a very revealing moment in our national life. The intolerance of the “gay rights movement” has been laid bare, and it is ugly. If gay activists were interested in mutual toleration, in “live and let live,” there are plenty of bakers, florists and photographers who would be thrilled to take their money. Instead gay activists are seeking out people with moral objections to same-sex marriage, to punish them, to publicly ruin them, and thus to make them an example for anyone else who might step out of line.
In a March 25 statement the North American Division (NAD) defended the need for regional conferences, despite concerns this structure promotes racial separation. The statement responded to requests made March 7 by the Andrews University chapter of the Adventist Peace Fellowship, in collaboration with the Andrews University Student Association and Black Student Christian Forum and 10 other student campus groups, asking the NAD to explain the separation of church conferences along racial lines.
One the most powerful books I read in my life was Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning. Within the narrative Frankl chronicles his struggles to survive in Nazi prison camps. Despite horrific treatment by the concentration camp system directed at him and other prisoners, Frankl manages not to succumb to hatred towards his guards and internment staff. As he observed life taking place inside the death camps, he came to many insightful conclusions concerning what motivates individuals under extremes of emotional, physical and psychological trauma.
In the past few days, a short video titled “What Might Have Been,” which contains an enactment of one of Ellen White’s dreams from the early 1900s, has surfaced. At the close of the acted segment, at least four appeals are made by church leaders calling for the church to fulfill its mission by submitting to God and experiencing the revival that God wanted to bring at the 1901 General Conference Session.
I stopped going to church, not because I no longer believe, but because as a single young adult in my late twenties and early thirties, I felt different from everybody else at church. I no longer felt as if I belonged. I have attended many Adventist churches and found that often they do not even have a young adult Sabbath school or small group of any kind.