Friday, May 31, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists in the News│May 2013

SDA Upper Columbia Conference Health Ministries Director Dr. Jay Sloop disappeared May 14, while walking in Kiev, Ukraine

The disappearance of Jay Sloop, a 77-year-old retired doctor from Washington State who went missing in Ukraine May 14, 2013, has been classified as a criminal case, according to Sloop's family and officials from his church, reported the Yakima Herald-Republic. The paper said Sloop disappeared after leaving a church compound in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, to go for a stroll. He was reportedly in Ukraine to establish a lifestyle center with other medical professionals for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jay Wintermeyer, a spokesman for the church, told the Herald-Republic that police in Kiev have officially classified Sloop's disappearance as a criminal case ... CBS Updates. Sloop family blog: Sloop-blog

Jay Sloop Missing: Doctor Disappeared During Ukraine Medical Mission. Huffington PostUSA • Ukraine, May 29

LA SIERRA University responds to accrediting commission concerns. La Sierra University had been warned its church officials were to involved in academic operations. The Press-Enterprise│USA, May 31

• Crisis intervention training for Mono. Adventist Community Services and Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries Department of GC SDAMono County, CA. Sierra Wave│USA, May 31

Five generations of the Wallace family have graduated from Lodi Academy. Lodi Academy & English Oaks SDA Church, CA. LodiNews│USA, May 31

Former cocaine dealer turned health leader to give personal testimony. Dyersburg SDA Church, TX. State Gazette│USA, May 30

Breakfast for pupils a true group effort. "... Sanitarium, the Australian food group owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church..." Stuff│New Zealand, May 31

In Jamaica, visually impaired Adventist appointed senate president

Floyd Morris is the first blind president of the Jamaican Senate. He is an Adventist Church member and has advocated for the disabled community.

Floyd Morris made history in Jamaica’s Parliament last week when he became the first visually impaired person appointed president of the Jamaican Senate, Parliament’s upper house.

The 44 year-old Seventh-day Adventist Church member is well-known in the Caribbean island nation for his advocacy on behalf of the disabled community.

In his address during his May 17 swearing-in ceremony, Morris quoted Micah 6:8, the memory verse of the Seventh-day Adventist quarterly lesson for the past week: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Adventist elected president of Swiss Bible Society

Delegates of the Swiss Bible Society elected Seventh-day Adventist theologian Reto Mayer as the organization’s president during their May 24 meeting, making him the first Adventist appointed to the post in the society’s 58-year history.

Mayer, associate treasurer of the Adventist world church’s Inter-European Division, based in Berne, Switzerland, has served as the society’s vice president since 2005. The Adventist Church joined the society in 1982.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories. By Maggie Koerth-Baker

In the days following the bombings at the Boston Marathon, speculation online regarding the identity and motive of the unknown perpetrator or perpetrators was rampant. And once the Tsarnaev brothers were identified and the manhunt came to a close, the speculation didn’t cease. It took a new form. A sampling: Maybe the brothers Tsarnaev were just patsies, fall guys set up to take the heat for a mysterious Saudi with high-level connections; or maybe they were innocent, but instead of the Saudis, the actual bomber had acted on behalf of a rogue branch of our own government; or what if the Tsarnaevs were behind the attacks, but were secretly working for a larger organization?

Crazy as these theories are, those propagating them are not — they’re quite normal, in fact. But recent scientific research tells us this much: if you think one of the theories above is plausible, you probably feel the same way about the others, even though they contradict one another. And it’s very likely that this isn’t the only news story that makes you feel as if shadowy forces are behind major world events.

Monday, May 27, 2013

China Dominates World's 'Atheist Map;' Religiosity Declining in U.S.

Survey: This map shows the percentage of people in different countries around the world who believe themselves to be atheists

A new poll measuring global self-perceptions on beliefs indicates that while 13 percent of the world identify themselves as atheists, nearly half of China's population comprises non-believers. The United States is among the countries where religiosity is notably declining, the poll says.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Day of the Lord│Zephaniah│Lesson 9, May 25-31

Memory Text: “The Lord will be awesome to them, for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth; people shall worship Him, each one from his place, indeed all the shores of the nations” (Zephaniah 2:11, NKJV)

Key Thought: Judgment is coming; but grace and mercy are still available for those who earnestly seek for it. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations Surpass 400 PPM Milestone. By James Gerken

Continuing reliance on coal, which fuels this power plant in Germany, is driving carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere ever higher.

(Huffington PostAtmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide surpassed a notable milestone this week.

They reached a daily average above 400 parts per million, reported NOAA, for the first time in human history.

The milestone, hit on May 9, may be symbolic, notes Climate Central, but manmade CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels continue to rise, bringing greater atmospheric warming and exacerbating the effects of climate change.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

The 7-minute workout that is as beneficial as a long run and a weights session - but you must be in PAIN to reap benefits

A seven-minute exercise regime devised by scientists has been shown to provide as many health benefits as going for a long run and doing a session of weight training.

The workout requires no more than a wall, a chair and seven minutes of your time.

However the experts say that you must be in pain when performing the regime in order to benefit.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

U.S. Geography of Hate: Mapping the Origins of Online Hate Speech

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Where in America do people use the most hate speech?

In small towns with low diversity, according to a new map of Twitter data created by HSU geography professor Monica Stephens and her students.

Stephens and three undergrads mapped the geographic location of 150,000 tweets that used racist, homophobic or anti-disabled slurs from June 2012 to April 2013.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Trusting God’s Goodness│Habakkuk│Lesson 8, May 18-24

Memory Text: “‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea’” (Habakkuk 2:14, NASB).

Key Thought: We may not understand always why tragedy happens, but we can trust God, no matter what.

United For mission: One Hundred and Fifty Years

From Great Disappointment to General Conference

The Millerites firmly believed that Jesus Christ's "second advent" (His second coming to earth) would occur on October 22, 1844. When His second coming did not take place, many Millerites were disillusioned and gave up belief in a literal second advent; but others went back to studying the scriptures.

Over the next 15 years, former Millerites, meeting in a sequence of "Bible conferences", identified a series of Bible truths forgotten since the days of the early Church. The key beliefs they adopted were:
  1. That Christ's second coming is imminent and will be literal, not metaphorical, seen by all the world
  2. That the seventh day, Saturday, not Sunday, is God's Sabbath and the obligation to keep it is perpetual
  3. That God does not eternally torment sinners, but rather that the dead "sleep" until the second coming and last judgment
  4. That Christ ministers in the heavenly sanctuary, thereby mediating to us the benefits of His death on the cross, saving us by His righteousness, not our own deeds
  5. That in the last days Christians will be tempted by apostasy, but will be called back to divine truth — the "third angel's message" of Revelation 14 — by a small "remnant" of faithful believers
  6. That the remnant would be marked by a recurrence of the prophetic ministry 
In all this, they were guided by a young woman, Ellen G. White, who, further to their sixth belief, they recognized as a prophet, inspired by God.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Farm Fakes: A History of Fraudulent Food. By Shoshana Walter

Throughout time, humans have been purposefully mislabeling, marketing and adulterating food. But thanks to a global economy, one food fake can reach millions of people; are we doing enough to stop it?

(Modern Farmer) Early Saturday morning, Jimmy and Junior parked their rickety pickup truck behind a table in the center of the Richmond, Indiana’s local farmer’s market, where Lucy Goodman and her husband, owners of a CSA farm, liked to sell their organic produce.

Jimmy and Junior were “already tanked,” Goodman recalled. After unloading boxes of produce onto a folding table, Jimmy perched a fedora over his head and sprawled onto a chair for a nap. Junior, a ruddy-nosed man with a lisp, dealt with the customers. He advertised their “local” offerings: oranges, bananas and pineapples.

Except, of course, they weren’t. “That’s a bunch of – excuse my French – b......t,” Goodman said. “That stuff doesn’t grow around here. It’s cold and there’s a lot of snow outside. There’s no way he could be growing tropical stuff.” 

Junior and Jimmy’s pathetic attempt at a food scam is part of a long and storied tradition: as long as profit could be made, there has been someone willing to masquerade their product as something better, fresher and safer than it really is, cutting corners with cheaper ingredients or replacing it with something else entirely.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

'Beemageddon' threatens US with food disaster

(RT) US honey bees have been dying by the tens of millions, with annual death rates of about 30 percent. With fewer bees to pollinate fruits and vegetables each year, 'beemageddon' may soon cause the collapse of the agriculture industry.

Honey bees pollinate more than 100 US crops, including apples, zucchinis, avocados and plums, that are worth more than $200 billion a year. Since 2006, about 10 million bee hives at an average value of $200 each have been lost in what scientists call the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), according to a new report by the US Department of Agriculture.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Chemicals of High Concern Found in Thousands of Children's Products

An analysis of toys and other children's products finds low levels of dozens of industrial chemicals
TOXIC TOYS?: The metals cobalt and molybdenum, used in pigments, were reported in some building blocks.

(Scientific AmericanCobalt in plastic building blocks and baby bibs. Ethylene glycol in dolls. Methyl ethyl ketone in clothing. Antimony in high chairs and booster seats. Parabens in baby wipes. D4 in baby creams.

An Environmental Health News analysis of thousands of reports from America’s largest companies shows that toys and other children’s products contain low levels of dozens of industrial chemicals, including some unexpected ingredients that will surprise a public concerned about exposure.

The reports were filed by 59 large companies, including Gap Inc., Mattel Inc., Gymboree Corp., Nike Inc., H&M and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to comply with an unprecedented state law. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Starving your way to vigor. By Steve Hendricks

The benefits of an empty stomach

(Harper's) Two weeks after a Fourth of July at the end of Reconstruction, a doctor in Minneapolis named Henry S. Tanner resolved to end his life. His wife had left him some years earlier in favor of Duluth,which may have spoken to the quality of his husbandship, and his efforts to reacquire her had failed. He had been a lecturer on temperance but not a rousing one, he had owned a Turkish bathhouse but not a successful one, and his health was poor in a manner not specified. The usual methods of self-destruction being too painful or too messy or too likely to succeed, Tanner decided to starve himself. At the time, the consensus among men of science was that a human could not survive more than ten days with out food. Christ may have fasted forty, but his was thought a special case.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

God’s Special People│Micah│Lesson 7, May 11-17

Memory Text: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)

Key Thought: Even amid the worst apostasy, the Lord was willing to forgive and heal His people.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

How The Food Industry Manipulates Taste Buds With 'Salt Sugar Fat'. By Nell Boeschenstein

Dealing Coke to customers called "heavy users." Selling to teens in an attempt to hook them for life. Scientifically tweaking ratios of salt, sugar and fat to optimize consumer bliss.

In his new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss goes inside the world of processed and packaged foods.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Nearly a third of Americans think an armed revolution will be necessary soon

Almost a third of registered voters believe their gun rights have been so threatened that an armed revolution could be necessary in the next few years, a poll has found. [...] The questions focused on gun control and whether armed revolution would be necessary to protect individual liberties.

The poll was conducted from April 22 to April 28, CNS News reported.

The survey included the statement: 'In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect out liberties.'

Monday, May 6, 2013

36 governments are now using sophisticated software to spy on their citizens. By Leo Mirani

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(QuartzA new report from Citizen Lab, a Canadian research center, shows surveillance software sold by FinFisher, a “governmental IT intrusion” company owned by the UK-registered Gamma International, is now active in 36 countries. That’s up from the 25 countries reported two months ago.

Gamma’s product, which it sells exclusively to governments, infects computers and mobile phones through devious means. These include posing as Mozilla Firefox and the (frankly quite elegant)...

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Eager to Forgive│Jonah│Lesson 6, May 4-10

Memory Text: “‘But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord’” (Jonah 2:9, NIV). 

Key Thought: The book of Jonah reveals, among other things, that God is more willing to forgive others than we often are.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Secret Faith of Washington. By Joshua DuBois

A godless city? Please. President Obama’s former religious adviser on the surprising number of believers in D.C.’s corridors of power.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office during the inaugural swearing-in ceremony, Jan. 21, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding a Bible that belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Lincoln Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha stand with the President│UPI

(The Daily BeastNewsweek) In 1993, Pat Robertson, the Christian broadcaster and stalwart of the religious right, sat down with legendary columnist Molly Ivins and gave a doozy of an interview. “It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-biased media, and the homosexuals who want to destroy all Christians,” Robertson declared. He also said that Washington was inflicting on Christians “wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.”

Now, Pat Robertson is not necessarily known for his rhetorical moderation. This is, after all, the guy who blamed the Haitian earthquake on voodoo, said the “feminist agenda” encourages women to practice witchcraft, and claimed that Episcopalians, Methodists, and Presbyterians have the “spirit of the anti-Christ.” Even most conservative evangelicals cringe whenever he speaks.

But in that interview, Robertson gave voice to a perception that’s still widely shared across the country: most of America thinks Washington is a pretty godless place.