Adventist News

Carson makes presidential bid official

"Carson, 63, made it official on Monday – he is running for president. The retired neurosurgeon – who is also an author and speaker – has created an exploratory committee to run for president, according to the Associated Press.

While the Republican field has been filled with possible names, Carson is the first high-profile Republican candidate to formally enter the 2016 presidential contest. According to AP, Carson is the only African-American expected to enter the race.

Carson, a devout Seventh-Day Adventist, spoke at Peachtree City Seventh-Day Adventist Church – located on Highway 34 in Coweta County – in May 2010. A number of Cowetans also heard Carson speak at the Southwest Christian Care Benefit Dinner and Auction Gala at the Georgia International Convention Center in 2013.

Carson told the story of his rise from poverty, growing up an angry boy in a single-parent home, in his 1996 autobiography, "Gifted Hands." He has since written two other books – "Think Big" and "The Big Picture."

Carson's mother was 13 years old when she married his father. She had only a third grade education, and the father abandoned the family when Carson was 8 years old. Sonja Carson took on two or more jobs at a time to care for her sons. She began observing the lifestyles of the families for whom she worked as a domestic employee. As a result, she began requiring her sons to read two books each week and to write book reports on them.

After Carson attacked another boy with a knife – the blade was deflected by the other boy's belt buckle – he realized he had to get his temper under control. The future doctor shut himself in the bathroom with a Bible and did not come out until he was sure God had taken control of his life – and his temper.

Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed Carson in the 2009 TNT movie "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.""



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Captain Cook Man Charged in Church Arson

"A 52-year-old Captain Cook man has been charged with arson following a suspicious fire reported on Thursday morning (Feb. 26) at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Captain Cook.
Detectives charged Richard Paul Read with one count of first degree arson on Wednesday, Mar. 4, at 2:00 p.m.
On the morning of Feb. 26, Kona Police responded to a fire reported at the Kona church.  Upon arrival, firefighters were already on the scene and the north rear entrance of the church was fully engulfed in flames.  Firefighters extinguished the blaze and determined that it had been deliberately set.  Damages were estimated at over $80,000.
Read’s bail has been set at $15,000.  He is currently being held at the Kona cellblock pending an initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 5."






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Mel Gibson to make Australian homecoming with Hacksaw Ridge

"He’s in talks to return for Hacksaw Ridge, a second world war drama about Desmond Doss, a devout Seventh-Day Adventist whose religion forbade him bearing arms and who became a conscientious objector. He nevertheless served as a medic alongside the Americans fighting the Japanese in the Pacific, and became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honour.
The film will focus on the 1945 battle of Okinawa, as American troops faced heavy fire at the bottom of a cliff; rather than retreating, Doss helped injured men to safety while under enemy fire. Andrew Garfield is in talks to play Doss, while Randall Wallace, who wrote Gibson’s hits Braveheart and We Were Soldiers, will tackle the script."






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If Working Hours Are From Monday To Friday; Why Should Schools Fix Exams On Saturdays

"Also addressing some discriminatory acts by educational institutions in the country, the Former National Youth Organizer of the Convention People's Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bomfeh called on the Education Ministry to resolve those conflicts of interest in the various institutions.

According to him, the discrimination has crossed borders and now, members of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church are the worst victims.

He noted on Peace FM's "Kokrokoo" that SDA students in the country have had their services and worship to their Maker curtailed by various institutions in the country.

He explained that the institutions knowing very well that Saturdays are deemed "Sabbath day" by SDAs and the days are supposed to be kept holy, meaning they don't have to engage in any secular event; fix examinations on those days which conflicts with the beliefs of the SDA students.

Due to such practices, several SDA students have boycotted exams leading to their inability to further their education level.

James Kwabena Bomfeh, also known as Kabila, vehemently spoke against school authorities in the nation for fixing exams on Saturdays to sideline students who attend SDA.

“Does the country recognize freedom of worship? Chairman General, the most affected religious body in this business his SDA congregants."

He claimed that some SDA students “kept faith to their God and didn’t go and write the exams on Saturday. But fortunately for them, some passed and only knows how He delivered his children. There are others who also had faith that they will not go and write. If they fail, then they fail and so, they didn’t write and due to that, it has affected their academic life till this day."

He was therefore worried that State authorities, particularly the Education Ministry, would allow institutions to be grossly irreverent toward what the SDA church holds to be sacred.
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R&B star Brian McKnight is not new president at Oakwood University

"Apparently the satire brushed a little too close to reality when buzz began that R&B star Brian McKnight had been hired as the new president of Oakwood University in Huntsville.

That buzz got started when a story purporting to be a press release announced that McKnight, a former student at Oakwood, had been hired to replace Leslie Pollard at the Seventh-day Adventist school.

The story appeared on the website barelyadventist.com - which describes itself as an "Adventist satire and humor" website.

A quote from McKnight in the pseudo-report: "Although we have always been known for strong academics, I am looking forward to building on Oakwood's legacy as the launching pad for just about every Adventist celebrity worth mentioning."

The fake story was posted on the website on Feb. 18. The next day, Oakwood addressed it on its official Facebook page"








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Hawaii - Arson Suspected in Adventist Church Fire

"Big Island police want to question a man whose image was captured on a surveillance video at the scene of a suspicious fire.

At 6:10 a.m. Thursday (February 26), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a fire at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Captain Cook. 

When they arrived, firefighters were on the scene and the north rear entrance was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and determined that it was deliberately set. Damages, estimated at more than $80,000, were limited to the north side of the building.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the case as arson. They recovered a photograph from a surveillance video that shows a Caucasian man in his 50s. He was wearing dark shorts, a long-sleeved shirt light in color, and rubber slippers.

Police ask anyone who knows the identity of the man in the photo or who has any information about the fire to call the Police Department's non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or ssmith@co.hawaii.hi.us, or Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, or wahmow@co.hawaii.hi.us."




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Dr. Eric Walsh says he felt ‘persecuted’ in Pasadena and Georgia for his conservative religious beliefs

"Former Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walshsaid he felt “persecuted” for his religious views during the “fire storm” that erupted before he resigned from his post, according to a recent sermon.

In the sermon, the audio of which is posted on YouTube, Walsh said he felt attacked for expressing his Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, calling the community reaction to his many public sermons a “witch hunt” that “devastated” him. The sermons surfaced after Walsh was invited to speak at the commencement for Pasadena City College.

“When they went online to find things to damage my reputation or to cause the school to maybe not choose me, what they found wasn’t any scandal, there was no embezzlement there was nothing like that, it was just a lot of sermons,” Walsh said. “They just took little snippets and of course by taking them out of context and framing a new context they really were able to frame me as a very terrible person. I was called in the papers a bigot, I was called a homophobe, I was called all kinds of names that weren’t true.”

Walsh also said the experience was difficult for his two children, adding that he was “forced” to leave a job he “loved” in Pasadena. But, quoting “Jeremiah,” Walsh said ultimately the experience brought him closer to his faith. Walsh delivered the speech Aug. 9 at the international convention for Adventist-Laymen’s Services and Industries in Grand Rapids, Mich."




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Adventist leader Dan Jackson confronts future challenges in American-born movement

"Nothing — not surviving a car wreck en route to his wedding, nor being a Seventh-day Adventist missionary, nor years in the pulpit — had prepared Dan Jackson for the challenge his daughter threw at him on a Saturday afternoon.

The eldest of their three teenage children at the time didn't appreciate the weekly ritual of attending Sabbath services where dad was the preacher.

“ ‘You make us go to church because you don't want to look bad,’ ” Jackson recalled her saying. "It hit me like a brick, right between the eyes. … I was stunned."

After pondering her words for a couple of hours with his wife Donna, Jackson called the children together to announce that when they turned 17 years old, attending Rutland Seventh-day Adventist Church in Kelowna, British Columbia, where Jackson served, would be their choice.

"There were a lot of people who thought I was stark raving mad," he said of his parishioners. "Seventh-day Adventists have strong beliefs and a strong culture, and we can force people into the mold, but we really don't help them in the long run.""



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Pasadena's medical director on leave after his Protestant sermons surface

"The Southern California city of Pasadena has suspended its public health director, Dr. Eric Walsh, while it investigates statements the Seventh-day Adventist lay preacher allegedly made in several sermons.

Walsh is one of the latest in a string of incidents where people speaking out on politically sensitive topics face threats to their employment.


According to a statement from Pasadena city manager Michael Beck, Walsh was suspended with pay in order "to provide the City of Pasadena the opportunity to complete an inquiry into statements made by him, in his private capacity, and to assess the impact those statements may have on his ability to effectively lead the City’s Public Health Department."


Walsh's sermons came to the city's attention after an invitation for Walsh to deliver a commencement speech Friday at Pasadena City College caused a revolt among some students and faculty. Critics posted or linked to video clips of controversial sermons Walsh delivered as a lay associate pastor at the Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church. Los Angeles Times writer Robin Abcarian broke the Walsh story in her column.


"Topics discussed by Walsh at the pulpit include: homosexuality as a sin; Oprah, JAY Z, Beyonce ... as examples of the spirit of anti-Christ; Darwin’s theory of evolution as a satanic belief; and describing the prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, as a Satanist," the Pasadena Star-News reported.




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Adventists celebrate pair of milestones

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It was definitely a week to celebrate for the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Cape Coral.

On Thursday, the church celebrated the first anniversary of its community services center downtown.

On Saturday, the congregation got together following its service on Saturday to break ground on a new $2 million worship center and classroom complex at its location at 1813 El Dorado Parkway, West, thanks to the generosity of many of its members.

- See more at: http://www.fort-myers-beach-observer.com/page/content.detail/id/525191/Adventists-celebrate-pair-of-milestones.html?nav=5064#sthash.EVC5M6cp.dpuf

It was definitely a week to celebrate for the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Cape Coral.

On Thursday, the church celebrated the first anniversary of its community services center downtown.

On Saturday, the congregation got together following its service on Saturday to break ground on a new $2 million worship center and classroom complex at its location at 1813 El Dorado Parkway, West, thanks to the generosity of many of its members.

- See more at: http://www.fort-myers-beach-observer.com/page/content.detail/id/525191/Adventists-celebrate-pair-of-milestones.html?nav=5064#sthash.EVC5M6cp.dpuf

It was definitely a week to celebrate for the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Cape Coral.

On Thursday, the church celebrated the first anniversary of its community services center downtown.

On Saturday, the congregation got together following its service on Saturday to break ground on a new $2 million worship center and classroom complex at its location at 1813 El Dorado Parkway, West, thanks to the generosity of many of its members.

- See more at: http://www.fort-myers-beach-observer.com/page/content.detail/id/525191/Adventists-celebrate-pair-of-milestones.html?nav=5064#sthash.EVC5M6cp.dpuf

It was definitely a week to celebrate for the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Cape Coral.

On Thursday, the church celebrated the first anniversary of its community services center downtown.

On Saturday, the congregation got together following its service on Saturday to break ground on a new $2 million worship center and classroom complex at its location at 1813 El Dorado Parkway, West, thanks to the generosity of many of its members.

- See more at: http://www.fort-myers-beach-observer.com/page/content.detail/id/525191/Adventists-celebrate-pair-of-milestones.html?nav=5064#sthash.EVC5M6cp.dpuf

It was definitely a week to celebrate for the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Cape Coral.

On Thursday, the church celebrated the first anniversary of its community services center downtown.

On Saturday, the congregation got together following its service on Saturday to break ground on a new $2 million worship center and classroom complex at its location at 1813 El Dorado Parkway, West, thanks to the generosity of many of its members.

- See more at: http://www.fort-myers-beach-observer.com/page/content.detail/id/525191/Adventists-celebrate-pair-of-milestones.html?nav=5064#sthash.EVC5M6cp.dpuf
It was definitely a week to celebrate for the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Cape Coral.  On Thursday, the church celebrated the first anniversary of its community services center downtown.  On Saturday, the congregation got together following its service on Saturday to break ground on a new $2 million worship center and classroom complex at its location at 1813 El Dorado Parkway, West, thanks to the generosity of many of its members.  The new building will be used for services and Bible study, as the original structure has gotten too cramped for its nearly 180 person congregation.



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