Friday, November 30, 2012

Seventh-day Adventists in the News│November 2012

‘Two and a Half Men’ actor’s criticism of show shines light on Seventh-day Adventists. CNN│USA, Nov 28

 • The testimony of Angus T. Jones obviously has led to the "Adventist" and "Seventh-day Adventist Church" to be mentioned in the world media thousands of times. ADVENTIST REPORT has SELECTED some of them as an example, adding to the other references of "Adventists" in the news ...

Seventh Day Adventist Church President calls for International Day of Prayer. Examiner│USA, Nov 30

 Candidates praise new nomination system. The Royal Gazette│Bermuda, Nov 30

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Internet Addiction Is The New Mental Health Disorder. By Alice G. Walton

There’s been a lot of controversy about some of the maladies included in the freshly revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (DSM-V). Internet addiction, or formally, Internet Use Disorder (IUD), may soon be included as an actual mental health disorder, although the authors do say it still needs a lot of additional study. So what are the symptoms of IUD, and maybe more importantly for those of us flirting with it, what’s the treatment?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Official Statement Regarding Angus T. Jones and the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Angus T. Jones, an actor of the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," became a member of a local Seventh-day Adventist congregation in the San Fernando Valley area 1 in June of 2012. On October 8, Jones was interviewed on a show called Turning Point, produced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in which he discussed his faith journey. The interview will air on Hope Channel (DirecTV channel 368) this Friday, November 30, at 8:00 p.m. ET. Currently, you can view an online version at The Adventist Channel 2.

Turning Point│In this special preview episode, host Connie Jeffery interviews Angus T. Jones, actor in the hit CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, about his spiritual journey.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

‘Two and a Half Men’ Star Angus T. Jones becomes Seventh-Day Adventist and Rebukes Show

It appears that Angus T. Jones has become a Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Christian, according to his online video testimonials with The Forerunner Chronicles on YouTube. Angus T. is most well known for his role as “Jake”, the “half a man” on the super successful CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men.

Part 1 of Angus T. Jones' video testimonial begins with the taller, slimmer, bespectacled 19 yr old sitting on a couch in Angus' trailer at Warner Bros. Studio in Los Angeles, with Chris Hudson the host of the Forerunner Chronicles, gladly proclaiming Angus' acceptance of the 7th day as God's Holy Sabbath Day and more. The video continues with Angus sharing the story of his life, including such details as his family moving from to California, attending Christian schools, acting, as well as his foray into “weed” and “acid”; however, approximately one year ago, God grabbed hold of Angus and has yet to let go.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ready for Apocalypse? Insurance companies refuse to cover Armageddon

Latvian insurers have rejected the request to insure against “breaking the space-time continuum” and the coming of a fictional deity Cthulhu as the “damage from the end of the world is difficult to evaluate”.

With one month to go before the end of the world according to Mayan calendar cycle, an unusual request came from organizers of a festival to a Latvian insurance agency, reports The client also wanted to insure against abduction by aliens and breaking the space-time continuum that could take festival goers into parallel worlds.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

North Pacific Union Conference Opens Dialogue on Ordination without Regard to Gender

With additional documents by Dr. John McVay, Emily Flottmann, Andre Wang and James Wibberding.

During their regularly-scheduled quarterly meeting held Nov. 14 in Ridgefield, Wash., North Pacific Union Conference1 executive committee members voted to engage Northwest membership in a discussion on gender-inclusiveness in gospel ministry. They approved a motion to 1) inform and educate Northwest members of the rationale toward biblical church leadership without regard to gender; 2) engage and encourage constituents in structured conversation and discussion on women in ministry; and 3) call a special session of the NPUC constituency to address ministerial ordination without regard to gender. The motion was presented in response to extensive reports provided by an Ad Hoc Committee on Women in Leadership which met during 2012. No date was specified at the meeting for a proposed constituency session, but that will be determined as the process for discussion and decision-making is further defined within the next month.

As an aid to the ongoing discussion, we will be posting additional documents produced or gathered by the Ad Hoc Committee and beyond. The following documents are currently posted here:

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Church: Rites and Rituals / Lesson 9, November 24-30

Memory Text:   “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38, NKJV).

Key Thought: God has instituted ordinances that, properly understood, help to reinforce our faith.

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church│Amazing Facts

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Indian Textbook Claims Meat Eaters 'Steal, Fight And Turn To Violence And Sex Crimes'

The publisher claims that the author of the book is a Seventh-day Adventist
You might be used to hearing this from your vegan pals during the holidays, but an Indian textbook company is now making claims that might surprise the most militant members of PETA.

According to "New Healthway," a health and hygiene book aimed at 11- to 12-year-old students, meat eaters are awful people.

"They easily cheat, tell lies, they forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and sex crimes," the book states on page 56.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Way. By Edwin Cook

Novus Ordo Seclorum: A New World Order.

Novus ordo seclorum, a phrase that appears on the American $1 bill, means “a new order for the ages,” and reflects the thinking and intent of the Founders in America at the time of the Continental Congress. For them, the New World discovered by Columbus offered many opportunities for a political experiment that was completely foreign to the medieval system of guilds and monarchies of European society. The constitutional ideas formulated by Thomas Jefferson depended much upon the “balance of powers” from Montesquieu, the democracy and republicanism of Greek society, and the need for law from Roman society. 

In contrast to the wars of religion that drenched European soil with blood, the Founders conceptualized a society in which civil peace would reign. To this end, they recognized the need for a separation of church and state; thereby granting to the individual citizen freedom of conscience to follow his or her personal convictions without incurring civil penalties. Relying upon the influence of Baptists, who argued for religious freedom based on “soul liberty,” as well as the philosophical arguments of John Locke and the French philosophes, James Madison formulated the religion clauses of the First Amendment. In essence, the Founders conceived of a country without a king and a church without a pope.

The Church of England Votes Against Female Bishops. By Megan Gibson

With many hoping to smash the stained-glass ceiling, the Church of England voted over allowing women to serve as bishops on Nov.20. But the ceiling remains intact, as the vote failed to pass and the outcome could have major implications for the church’s future.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

16 Seventh-day Adventist Female Pastors Approved for Ordination

Bill Miller (right), president of the Potomac Conference, presents Debbie Eisele, a pastor at Sligo church in Takoma Park, Md., with her ordination certificate.

Following the Columbia Union Conference Special Constituency’s historic July 29 decision to ordain pastors without regard to gender, the union executive committee voted to approve the ordination of 16 women pastors. The women include Allegheny East Conference’s Rosa Taylor Banks, Brenda Billingy, Paula Olivier and Lisa Smith-Reid; Ohio Conference’s Linda Farley, Lori Farr, Sandra Pappenfus and Carmen Seibold; and Potomac’s Karen L. Cress, Sharon Cress, Jennifer Deans, Debbie Eisele, Cherilyn O’Ffill and Sonia Perez. The vote included emeritus credentials for Chesapeake Conference’s Charlotte McClure and Josephine Benton, the first female pastor presented for ordination in 1973.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Adventist president calls for December 1 Day of Prayer, Fasting to support falsely accused members

Seventh-day Adventist world church President Ted N. C. Wilson today called for an International Day of Prayer and Fasting on December 1 to rally support for the release of two Adventists currently imprisoned in the West African country of Togo.

Wilson and top church executives who voted the emphasis day at a November 20 morning business meeting said the event will raise awareness of the plight of Antonio dos Anjos Monteiro (photo), Sabbath School and Personal Ministries director for the church’s Sahel Union Mission, headquartered in Lome; and Bruno Amah, an Adventist lay member and businessman in Lome.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how. By Zack Whittaker

Summary: "Petraeus-gate," some U.S. pundits are calling it. How significant is it that even the head of the CIA can have his emails read by an albeit friendly domestic intelligence agency, which can lead to his resignation and global, and very public humiliation? Here's how.

The U.S. government -- and likely your own government, for that matter -- is either watching your online activity every minute of the day through automated methods and non-human eavesdropping techniques, or has the ability to dip in as and when it deems necessary -- sometimes with a warrant, sometimes without.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Church: In Service to Humanity│Lesson 8, November 17-23

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Memory Text:  “These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:14-15, NKJV).

Key Thought: “We should remember that the church, enfeebled and defective though it be, is the only object on earth on which Christ bestows His supreme regard.”-Ellen G. White, Selected Messages, book 2, p. 396.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Soda Drinking Every Day Could Raise Women's Stroke Risk

Yet another study is linking regular consumption of sugary drinks with risk of stroke.

The newest finding, first reported by Reuters and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that women who said they drank the most soft drinks in the study had an 83 percent higher risk of ischemic stroke than those who reported drinking the fewest soft drinks.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Results: Voters Decide on Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana, and Religious Freedom. By Michael Peabody

On November 6, 2012 voters in many states had the opportunity to make decisions on a number of state laws through ballot measures. Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington voted in favor of measures that would legalize same-sex marriage. Voters in Minnesota rejected a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and voters in North Carolina voted to define marriage as solely existing between one man and one woman.

Voters in North Dakota rejected a Religious Freedom Restoration measure that would have required the government to demonstrate a compelling reason for imposing laws that are intended to be neutral but adversely affect the free exercise of religion. North Dakota also rejected a bill that would have increase criminal sanctions against certain types of animal cruelty.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Climate change 'likely to be more severe than some models predict'

Scientists analysing climate models warn we should expect high temperature rises – meaning more extreme weather, sooner

A satellite image of superstorm Sandy. Photograph: Nasa/Getty Images

Climate change is likely to be more severe than some models have implied, according to a new study which ratchets up the possible temperature rises and subsequent climatic impacts.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Justin Welby: New Archbishop of Canterbury to be named

Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, a former oil industry executive, is set to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

It is thought the 56-year-old will be named as the replacement for Rowan Williams, who steps down in December after 10 years in the post.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

“Arming” for Victory│Lesson 7, November 10-16

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Read for This Week’s Study: Eph. 6:14-18, 2 Cor. 6:7, Eph. 5:9, Rom. 10:15, 1 Thess. 5:8, Mark 14:38.

Memory Text:  "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13, NKJV).

Key Thought: Every believer must be personally and individually armed as we each, personally and individually, find ourselves immersed in the great controversy.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Where’s The Line Between Church And State… Literally? By Saadia Faruqi

Today is Election Day: a day when millions of Americans of all colors, religions and ethnicities are taking pride in standing in line waiting to cast their vote. For those like myself – who come from countries where voters are intimidated, entire groups are not allowed to vote at all, and multiple generations live under military rule without seeing even one Election Day – today is a great day indeed! Immigrants from all parts of the world who now call America home proudly and seriously consider voting not just a right but an obligation.

What can mar this beautiful picture of American pride and duty… not media or politicians, but pastors? Politics is indeed a dirty game, but most consider religious institutions above such petty differences. Most people know the IRS rules against political campaigning by religious entities.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Victory Over Evil Forces│Lesson 6, October 3-9

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Memory Text:  "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans :8:37, NKJV).

Key Thought: In Christ, we have victory over all forces that would oppress us.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

We Are All Venetians Now. By Frank Jacobs

Are the world's major cities ready for the rising waters and freak storms of tomorrow?

We are a coast-hugging species. About 44 percent of the world's population live beside the seaside, and that number is set to rise. Why? Maritime commerce and easy access to all that lovely seafood spring to mind. But maybe there's a more fundamental reason, a human instinct touched upon by the sailor Ishmael, explaining his aquatic affection on the very first page of Moby Dick: "If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me."