Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists in the News│July 2013

Adventists in the english world's media
• update in progress│July 12-31 •

Pastors Alfonzo Greene III, left, and Pastor Debleaire Snell lift the pulpit into place as workers put the finishing touches on the sanctuary of the renovated church building at 1303 Evangel Drive N.W. in Huntsville. The first service in the new location will be Saturday, July 20, 2013.
(Kay Campbell / KCampbell@al.com)

Generosity warms the heart. Maxine Abblitt│Burnie and Wynyard Seventh Day Adventist churches. The Advocate│Australia, July 28

We are the church of Christ. Evangelist Tona Fashina│Seventh Day Adventist Church of Nigeria. The Town Talk│USA, Nigeria, July 27

Skull and crossbones: Newark motorcycle minister writes book about Christian origin of symbols. Bible Biker Tom Hughes, pastor of the Newark Seventh-day Adventist Community Church, Ohio. Newark Advocate│USA, July 27

Loma Linda University to help develop Philippines medical school. The Press-Enterprise│USA, July 26

Panel urges oaks' removal in Redlands using rest of settlement money. Redlands SDA Church, CA. Redlands Daily Facts│USA, July 26

• Oakwood University Sets the Standard for Meat-Free Eating on HBCU Campuses. Huntsville, AL. Diverse│USA, July 25

Seventh-day Adventist camp opens Friday. Campion Academy, Loveland, CO. Reporter Herald│USA, July 25

• New community center offering inmate video visitation. Beltsville Adventist Community Center pilots first-in-state program. Maryland. Gazzette│USA, July 22

• 123 years of the Adventist church in Trinidad and Tobago. Trinidad Express│Trinidad and Tobago, July 21


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Greenland’s ice sheets are disappearing faster than anyone predicted. By Jeff Goodell

Climatologist Jason Box has a radical theory why – and even more radical ideas about upending the global-warming science establishment.

According to NASA, Greenland and Antarctica are losing three times as much ice each year as they did in the 1990s.

(Rolling Stone) A few weeks ago, on a blue-sky day on the west coast of Greenland, our helicopter swooped along the calving front of the Jakobshavn glacier, flying dangerously close to a 400-foot-high wall of ancient melting ice that stretches for about six miles across Disko Bay. Jakobshavn is the fastest-moving glacier in the world, and it is sliding into the sea at a top speed of 170 feet a day. How quickly this giant slab of ice and snow – and hundreds like it across the North and South Poles – disappears is the biggest uncertainty in the world of climate science. The faster these glaciers melt, the faster seas will rise, inundating cities throughout the world, and the more unpredictable the world’s weather system is likely to become. Our future is written in ice.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Secret Communion on the Moon: The 44-Year Anniversary. By Elizabeth Dias


The date, July 20, 1969, will forever be known as the day the United States of America put the first man on the moon. What most people do not know is the date also marks when Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin celebrated the first and only Lord’s Supper on the moon, a fact the U.S. government refused to make public at the time.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Moral Urgency of Immigration Reform. By Jim Wallis



"This is a day that the Lord has made."

Those words begin a very popular worship song among evangelical Christians. And they were the first words that came to my mind when I stood alongside the widest spectrum of evangelical leaders we have ever seen at a gathering yesterday morning on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. We were there to lead a day of prayer and discussion with the leaders of the House of Representatives about the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform -- more specifically to fix a system that is not only broken, but cruel for millions of people.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Obedience: The Fruit of Revival│Lesson 5, July 27-August 2



Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 26:69-74, Acts 5:28-32, 6:3-10, 9:1-9, Phil. 2:5-8.

Memory Text: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NKJV)

Central Study Hour with Doug Batchelor at the Sacramento Central Church│Amazing Facts
... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Churches grapple with clothing and what’s appropriate as summer heats up. By Michelle Boorstein

Anne Marie Metzler, 26, wears yoga clothes at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic ...
Katherine Frey│The Washington Post
(The Washington Post) - As Ann Cabiness stood in the Communion line at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on Sunday morning, two things were on her mind: connecting with God and getting out of the humid sanctuary before someone mentioned her skimpy tank top and tight, knee-length running pants.

“I know I’m inappropriate, but I’m trying to save time. I know I’m in the wrong. My mother would not approve,” the 30-year-old said sheepishly as she made a beeline from Mass at the Bethesda church to the gym. “But would it be better that I not come?”

Summer in our sweltering region forces a theological question: How does God feel about exposed shoulders in a house of worship? Or toes? Or some glimpse of thigh?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pope OKs Indulgences for the Tweeting Classes

The Vatican is offering indulgences for Facebook fans, Twitter lovers and other "virtual" participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro - but there's a hitch.


(AP│Time) — The Vatican is offering indulgences for Facebook fans, Twitter lovers and other “virtual” participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro – but there’s a hitch. 

The Holy See’s social media guru, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, warned Friday that merely checking the pope’s Twitter feed won’t result in an indulgence, the ancient church tradition related to the forgiveness of sins that roughly amounts to a “get out of Purgatory free” card.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements. By Paul Offit

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.




(The AtlanticOn October 10, 2011, researchers from the University of Minnesota found that women who took supplemental multivitamins died at rates higher than those who didn't. Two days later, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic found that men who took vitamin E had an increased risk of prostate cancer. "It's been a tough week for vitamins," said Carrie Gann of ABC News.

These findings weren't new. Seven previous studies had already shown that vitamins increased the risk of cancer and heart disease and shortened lives. Still, in 2012, more than half of all Americans took some form of vitamin supplements. What few people realize, however, is that their fascination with vitamins can be traced back to one man. A man who was so spectacularly right that he won two Nobel Prizes and so spectacularly wrong that he was arguably the world's greatest quack.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Witness and Service: The Fruit of Revival│Lesson 4, July 20-26



Read for This Week’s Study: Matt. 28:19-20; John 20:21; Acts 2; Acts 22:1-14; John 6:1-11; Acts 8:26-38.

Memory Text: “‘But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth’” (Acts 1:8, NKJV).

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


... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.

Friday, July 19, 2013

8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries

(BuzzFeedThis brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “food poisoning.” Original list found in Dr. Jayson Calton and certified nutritionist Mira Calton’s new book, Rich Food, Poor Food.

1. Artificial food dye: Makes your food pretty and can inhibit nerve-cell development.


Found in: Practically everything we eat: cake mixes, sports drinks, cheese, candy, and even MACARONI AND CHEESE.

Why it’s dangerous: Artificial dyes are made from chemicals derived from petroleum, which is also used to make gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt, and tar! Artificial dyes have been linked to brain cancer, nerve-cell deterioration, and hyperactivity in children, just to name a few.

Where it’s banned: Norway, Finland, Austria, France, and the U.K.




Thursday, July 18, 2013

In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. By Eric Lichtblau


In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks, officials say.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Health Food Diets, the New Religion? By Ellen Frankel


(Huffington PostGive us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11)... as long as it's gluten free. While Adam and Eve were told to stay away from just one tree blossoming with apples, people across the country -- from celebrities to the neighbors next door -- are staying away from a variety of foods that they consider "forbidden." Increasingly, Americans are embarking upon health food diets with a religious-like zeal. For instance, while just 1 percent of the population suffers from celiac disease, which triggers an immune system reaction that causes inflammation in the small intestine when a person eats food containing gluten, about 30 percent of Americans now want to eat gluten-free, often because they think it will help them lose weight. And let's face it, for countless people growing up in a culture where thinness is idealized and equated with goodness, salvation and eternal happiness, the yearning for thinness itself has taken on the zeal of the once fervent desire to connect to the sacred and to live a life of meaning.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Drowning slowly: How U.S. cities will see if sea levels rise as predicted

Nickolay Lamm's new illustrations of America's west coast show many of California's iconic destinations under 25 feet of water


(Daily Mail) A new series of images provide food-for-thought when it comes to the future of some of America's most populated coastal towns.

Nickolay Lamm, 24, has produced some worrying illustrations of how California's biggest cities will become lost to the ocean if scientists' predictions of the effects of global warming prove correct.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Word: The Foundation of Revival│Lesson 3, July 13-19



Read for This Week’s Study: Ps. 119:50, 74, 116; Heb. 4:12; 11:3; John 5:39; Heb. 4:1-2; Acts 20:27-32. 

Memory Text: “Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word” (Psalm 119:154, NKJV).

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


... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Netherlands Union Conference Votes to Ordain Female Pastors


On May 30th, 2013 the Executive Committee of the Netherlands Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church decided to ordain female pastors, recognizing them as equal to their male colleagues. During the Union Session last year the delegates from the churches in the Netherlands charged the church leadership with the task of implementing equality between men and women in the church as soon as possible. After much discussion, and after weighing the many options, the Executive Committee has decided that the best way to implement this equality is through the equal ordination of men and women.

At the Union Session in 2012 the delegates passed the following motion:

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Prayer: The Heartbeat of Revival│Lesson 2, July 6-12



Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 1:4, 8, 14; Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; Matt. 18:19-20; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Ps. 50:23.

Memory Text: “‘If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!’ ” (Matthew 7:11, NKJV).

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

... and 5 more videos: Dr Ken Hart’s Sabbath School Class; Bible Study Class, with Timothy R. Jennings; Scriptural Pursuit with Glenn Russell; Sabbath School University; and Hope Sabbath School Study with Derek Morris.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Church without God - by design. By Dan Merica

Members of an atheist congregation at Harvard listen to music during a recent gathering│Belief Blog, CNN
(CNN)-– It’s Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a rapt congregation listens to a chaplain preach about the importance of building a community.

A few dozen people sit quietly for the hourlong service. Music is played, announcements are made and scholars wax poetic about the importance of compassion and community.

Outsiders could be forgiven for believing this service, with its homilies, its passing of the plate, its uplifting songs, belongs in a church.

If so, it’s a church without one big player: God.

Sunday’s congregation in Cambridge is a meeting of the Humanist Community at Harvard University and the brainchild of Greg Epstein, the school’s Humanist chaplain.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

You Won't Believe How Much Disasters Cost Last Year. By Tim McDonnell.


(Mother Jones2012 was the second-worst year on record for extreme weather events, both in number and in cost, according to a tally released this morning by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Eleven major events—including tornadoes, wildfires, droughts, and hurricanes—racked up a collective bill of over $110 billion, with cropland damage from drought in the Midwest ($17.36 billion in crop insurance payments alone) and Hurricane Sandy, with a $60 billion price tag, as the most expensive items.