This week in 1863, in the midst of the United States Civil War, a small group met in Battle Creek, Michigan, and formed the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, commonly called the GC by employees and members of the denomination. Six state conferences had organized over the previous three or four years and each sent delegates to the meeting. The minutes of the meeting are only seven pages.
More than 3,000 teens and young adults from the Seventh-day Adventist Church will march across the landmark Brooklyn Bridge to say no to gun violence at 3 p.m.
Assistant News Editor: Jeff Boyd Jeff Boyd has participated in a number of ministries, from teaching Sabbath School in his local congregation to working at the Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University, where he led WeCare Missions and Church of Refuge. He also spent three years teaching English and Bible in South Korea.
Sowing and Reaping Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting
I’ve been thinking lately about fear. In our modern age, we’re afraid of a lot of things. We’re afraid of the future, of politics, of all those “what if” scenarios that run through our heads. Sometimes even other cultures scare us. I don’t know what culture makes you feel uneasy, but for me it used to be Iranian culture and I don’t think I’m alone in that. First of all, everything we hear about the country is negative. We hear about domestic violence. We hear about injustice. We see images of dust and heat, eclipsing pretty much everything else, and frankly, we don’t know anything different. We see this propaganda and we believe it because we’ve never been there. I have some Persian friends, and they’ve opened my eyes to something different entirely. I’ve seen pictures of gorgeous countrysides, I’ve read poetry by the most romantic poets–like Rumi , for example. I’ve seen artwork and I’ve gotten to know these amazing, deep, thoughtful Muslim women. I don’t think I can look at Iran the same way again. I’ve never been there, but I’m not so willing to accept a media induced image of a country anymore, either.
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In this Issue Issue 730 Militant Secularisation Threat to Religion 14 February 2012 London, United Kingdom [BBC News; ted NEWS] Britain is under threat from a rising tide of “militant secularisation”, Baroness Warsi and conservative cabinet minister wrote in an article for the Daily Telegraph. Religion is being “sidelined, marginalised and downgraded in the public sphere…