Sunday, June 30, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists in the News│June 2013

Adventists in the english world's media

New Award: Oakwood University Aeolians win "Best HBCU Choir" Award at National HBCU Media Summit.

Heartland Hero: Dr. Kolade Alabi. Seventh-day Adventist Allon Chapel, NE. Journal Star│USA, June 29

 Please give carefully. "Food giant Sanitarium - maker of Kiwi staples Weetbix and Skippy Cornflakes - is wholly owned by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and is exempt from paying company tax because of its religious and charitable activities." The New Zealand Herald│New Zealand, June 29

 The power of God's love. Evangelist Tona Fashina can be seen on Last Day Revival ministries television program, an outreach of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Nigeria. The Town Talk│Nigeria, June 29

Ban Smoking Cars Too, Say Adventists. The GleanerJamaica, June 28

• Oakwood University Aeolians win "Best HBCU Choir" Award at National HBCU Media Summit. Oakwood University, Hunstville, AL.│USA, June 28


An Affirmation of Marriage

North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church responds to Supreme Court rulings

Numerous activities among state legislators and courts have recently been occurring in the United States concerning same-sex unions. On June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled on two landmark decisions regarding same-sex unions.

As Seventh-day Adventists, we believe in strengthening the family and following the biblical principles and patterns that God set forth in His Word for marriage between one man and one woman, the oldest human institution dating back to the sixth day of creation. We cannot deny the biblical pattern anymore than we can deny creation and not undermine the value and validity of the Bible as God's handbook for our lives.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Revival and Reformation. By Mark Finley

• Introduction: Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide│3rd. Quarter 2013

In every generation, God’s Spirit strives to bring revival to the hearts of His people. Revival is an ongoing, daily experience. Each of us should identify with an old hymn that says: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.” Deep within, we know these words are true.

Our hearts are, indeed, prone to wander. Our minds drift from the eternal to the mundane. Our thoughts turn so easily from the heavenly to the earthly. Too often we seem to be in bondage to deeply entrenched habits. At times our own attitudes and reactions baffle us.

And that’s because, as the result of sin, our natures are fallen (Jer. 17:9). Our natural tendency is to turn from God’s way to our own (Isa. 53:6). With the apostle Paul we cry out, “O wretched man that I am” (Rom. 7:24), and with David we plead, “Revive me, O LORD, according to your lovingkindness” (Ps. 119:159, NKJV).

Revival is all about a God of lovingkindness seeking to deepen His relationship with us. The initiative in revival is His. His Spirit creates longings within us. His Spirit convicts us of our need. His Spirit reveals Jesus’ goodness and grace.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What is the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims?

CLASHES between Islam's two big sects, the Sunni and the Shia, take place across the Muslim world. In the Middle East a potent mix of religion and politics has sharpened the divide between Iran’s Shia government and the Gulf states, which have Sunni governments. Last year a report by the Pew Research Centre, a think tank, found 40% of Sunnis do not consider Shia to be proper Muslims.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How to hobble religion. By Ronan McCrea

Contrary to popular belief, migration from Muslim countries is one reason why Europe is becoming more secular, not less

(AeonThe European relationship between religion, law and politics is a strange creature. Religious influence over political life is weaker in Europe than in almost any other part of the world. To adapt the phrase first used by Alastair Campbell when he was spokesman for the British prime minister Tony Blair, politicians in Europe generally ‘don’t do God’. The EU’s Eurobarometer surveys of public opinion suggest that religion has a very limited impact on the political values and behaviour of European voters. Europe has no equivalent to the politically powerful religious right in America, nor to the theological debates in the political arena that one sees in many Islamic countries.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lest We Forget!│Malachi│Lesson 13, June 22-28

Memory Text: “‘My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord Almighty’” (Malachi 1:11, NIV).

Key Thought: Malachi teaches us the extent of God’s commitment to His people but also points to their sacred responsibilities.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The NSA Has Always Been Spying on You. By Andy Cush

(Animal New YorkOn June 5, The Guardian published a report based on a leak from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, detailing how the NSA surveils U.S. phone calls, collecting and analyzing cell phone metadata from Verizon. The following day, the Washington Post revealed PRISM, a program that allowed the NSA to monitor electronic communications like emails, photos, and chat messages from the customers of virtually every major computer and internet company. We’ve been here before.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

There’s rat poison in my milk? or, why everything is toxic (even Kombucha tea)

WOULD you like to eat rat poison? Probably not, but that’s OK, because you’ve eaten it already. Most milk in the United States has rat poison added to it. If you find this disturbing, you can always start reading ingredient lists and don’t buy milk that has rat poison in it. You won’t see “rat poison” as such on the label, however, because manufacturers generally call it by its other name instead.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

U.S. Defends "Human Rights" of Persecutors of Christians. By Raymond Ibrahim

Muslim Persecution of Christians: March, 2013

Sweden to send Iranian Christian asylum seekers back to Iran to be tortured and possibly executed for the crime of leaving Islam. Also, the Nigerian government recently did go on the offensive to try to contain the jihadis [of Boko Haram], only to be chastised by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying he was "concerned by credible allegations that the Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations" against the jihadi mass murderers.
The Islamic jihad against Christians in Nigeria is proving to be the most barbaric. A new report states that 70% of Christians killed around the world in 2012 were killed in that African nation. Among some of the atrocities committed in March alone, at least 41 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a bus station in a predominantly Christian neighborhood. According to the Christian Association of Nigeria, these attacks "were a signpost of the intended extermination of Christians and Christianity from northern Nigeria."

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Superman: Flying to a church near you. By Eric Marrapodi

Warner Bros. Studio is marketing "Man of Steel" to churches, even offering sermon notes that compare Superman to Jesus.

(CNN) - As the new Superman movie takes flight this weekend, filmmakers are hoping the Man of Steel lands not only in theaters, but also in pulpits.

Warner Bros. Studios is aggressively marketing "Man of Steel" to Christian pastors, inviting them to early screenings, creating Father’s Day discussion guides and producing special film trailers that focus on the faith-friendly angles of the movie.

The movie studio even asked a theologian to provide sermon notes for pastors who want to preach about Superman on Sunday. Titled “Jesus: The Original Superhero,” the notes run nine pages.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Heaven’s Best Gift│Zechariah│Lesson 12, June 15-21

Memory Text: “The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown” (Zechariah 9:16, NIV).

Key Thought: Zechariah has some wonderful Messianic prophecies that point to Jesus and affirm our faith in Him. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

So Are We Living in 1984? By Ian Crouch

(The New Yorker)  Since last week’s revelations of the scope of the United States’ domestic surveillance operations, George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” which was published sixty-four years ago this past Saturday, has enjoyed a massive spike in sales. The book has been invoked by voices as disparate as Nicholas Kristof and Glenn Beck. Even Edward Snowden, the twenty-nine-year-old former intelligence contractor turned leaker, sounded, in the Guardian interview in which he came forward, like he’d been guided by Orwell’s pen. But what will all the new readers and rereaders of Orwell’s classic find when their copy arrives? Is Obama Big Brother, at once omnipresent and opaque? And are we doomed to either submit to the safety of unthinking orthodoxy or endure re-education and face what horrors lie within the dreaded Room 101? With Orwell once again joining a culture-wide consideration of communication, privacy, and security, it seemed worthwhile to take another look at his most influential novel.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bilderberg Group 2013. Conspiracy or just the most influential group in the world?

The world's most secretive annual conference attended by some of the world's most powerful people, ended in Watford, UK.

Bilderberg 2013: Behind Closed Doors | Think Tank • RT

Some articles that Adventist Report recommended reading:

• Bilderberg Group 2013: guest list and agenda. The Bilderberg, the secretive annual gathering of businessmen, politicians and defence officials, today meets at The Grove hotel in Watford. This is the guest list and agenda in full.The Telegraph

• Club of Rich, Powerful Meet in Secret Near LondonAP • The New York Times

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Visions of Hope│Zechariah│Lesson 11, June 8-14

Memory Text: “‘In that day each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree,” declares the Lord Almighty’” (Zechariah 3:10, NIV).

Key Thought: Though Israel had been punished for its sins, it was time to live again in relationship with God according to His promises. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

U.S. study of Adventists finds vegetarians live longer

People who eat a vegetarian diet live longer than those who eat meat, according to a study of more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists.

A study published yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, said vegetarians experienced 12 percent fewer deaths over a six-year period of research.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Jargon of Junk Food. By Paul McFedries

Manufactured foods need manufactured words

Our limbic brains love sugar, fat, salt.… So formulate products to deliver these. Perhaps add low cost ingredients to boost profit margins. Then “supersize” to sell more.… And advertise/promote to lock in “heavy users.”Bob Drane, former vice president for new business strategy and development at Oscar Mayer, quoted in Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (Random House, 2013

Most of us love food—many of us love food a little too much. Hence the dangerous rates of morbid obesity in the United States and elsewhere, an epidemic known as globesity. Those extra pounds generally come from the overconsumption of soft drinks, snack foods, and fast foods. The massive popularity of these so-called junk foods (a phrase that was added to the language menu in 1973) is a testament to the food industry’s talent for creating feel-good food. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Religious Fundamentalism 'May Be Categorised As Mental Illness & Cured By Science'

Religious fundamentalism and cruelty to children may one day be treated in the same way as mental illness, a neuroscientist has speculated. 

Kathleen Taylor, a research scientist at Oxford University’s Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, says strong negative beliefs could be eradicated using techniques already in the works.