Alexander Carpenter

Adventist Development and Relief Agency Announces New Vice Presidents

On February 10, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International Board of Directors announced the appointments of Mario Ochoa as Vice President for Network Relations, Robyn Mordeno as Vice President for Finance, and Ken Flemmer as Vice President for Programs.


Adventist Church Reports Second Highest Growth Among Denominations in North America

According to the National Council of Churches' 2011 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, the Seventh-day Adventist denomination reported a 4.31 percent growth rate in 2009. This makes the 1,043,606 member church the second fastest growing denomination in North America.

Atlantic Union College Loses Regional Accreditation, But Will Continue

Norman Wendth, President, Atlantic Union College, writes:

Our regional accrediting association, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, has notified us that they will discontinue our accreditation for financial reasons on July 31, 2011. NEASC will continue its full accreditation of all academic offerings until that date. Atlantic Union College has made arrangements to keep our programs and courses accredited after that date through our sister institution Washington Adventist University. We expect no interruption of service to our students.

Video Shows that Portland Adventist Hospital Acted Quickly

An interesting development in Reuters' report on a press conference held yesterday by Portland Adventist Medical Center and attended by the police department:

Surveillance video shows that a hospital criticized for a slow response acted correctly in quickly sending a paramedic to help a man who crashed his car and died in the hospital parking garage while trying to get to the emergency room.

Happy Valentine's Day

"Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public." - Cornel West

"Love is what it means to be God." - Richard Rice

Love Songs

I don't believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms

So goes one of the great theologically inflected love songs, Nick Cave's "Into My Arms."

Portland Adventist Hospital in National News Due to Tragic Death


I started to notice this story pick up momentum on Twitter over Friday and Saturday as folks expressed outrage over this tragic death at the Portland Adventist Medical Center. Now the national media has picked up the story.

Church Work

What role can a congregation play in meeting the needs of the unemployed? Worthington Seventh-day Adventist church sponsored a job seekers support group that has helped dozens find work and has lifted up this Seventh-day Adventist congregation in the eyes of the community. Watch this interview with Loren Seibold who was Senior Pastor of Worthington at the time of the story.

The Four Holy Gospels

"The Four Holy Gospels is an exquisitely designed and produced edition of the four canonical Gospels in the English Standard Version, published in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version (KJV) Bible in 1611. Renowned artist and writer Makoto Fujimura is not shy about the importance of his latest project. 'Whether I like it or not, this is what I will be remembered by,' Fujimura asserts.

Phobia Meets Reality

"Our family really isn't so different from yours," says Zach Wahls, the son of two mothers, married under Iowa's same-sex marriage law. When he is home from the University of Iowa, his family goes to church, eats dinner, goes on vacations.