The Central California Conference has been listed as a defendant in a civil suit case involing child sex abuse. The case rests on two arguments: 1) the church violated its own policies by hiring Christopher Bispham after a DUI and 2) the church was negligent in the handling of the charges against Bispham when a […]
Here is a recent YouTube Video of our discussion on Last Generation Theology. We reviewed a book published by seminarians from Andrews University on Last Generation Theology. You can purchase the book God’s Character and the Last Generation from Amazon. Here is our review of the book, and an extended discussion on Last Generation Theology.
Over the last few weeks, Adrian and Mike have started a Live Sabbath Afternoon Discussion Group on Facebook. We are posting these videos to our Intelligent Adventist Facebook Page. Recently, upon request we have opened up a YouTube Channel and have started posting our videos there. Readers can now join us on Facebook for the […]
The GC Administration’s proposed solution document* was debated and voted 184-114 to send it back to committee for review today, October 9, 2017. After some preliminaries and discussion regarding the process for the pivotal vote and length of time for the debate the discussion began. General Conference committee members from the Global North immediately took […]
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(This is article 9 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) Every year denominations that have irreconcilable differences over doctrine and practice end up in the United States Court system. Here the courts wrestle over the apportioning of the assets and property of the church either to the breakaway faction or the denomination. […]
(This is article 8 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) General Conference Session Vote We looked at the Pacific Union Constituency vote and at the perspectives and arguments raised about the constitutionality of the proceedings. We know the three positions that emerged from the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC). Barry Oliver […]
(This is article 7 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) Pacific Union Constituency Session Union v. GC NOTE: The text below is a transcription, made by the court reporter who was present at the Pacific Union Conference special session. Page numbers are from that document. I have edited and presented the most […]
(This is article 6 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) Introduction In this article, we build all the conceptual legal elements that are the building blocks for the current debate over the role of unions. After examining relevant policy language, legal precedent, administrative precedent, and dissolution scenarios we will be able to […]
(This is article 5 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) This article critiques the constitutional theory and historical arguments regarding the expansionist role of Unions and the limitations of scope of authority of the General Conference in Session. As we saw from the first article, the Adventist church derives its structure from […]
(This is article 4 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) Introduction After 1888, Ellen White determined that the church’s structure that was formed in 1863, was unable to handle the demands of a growing church that had a presence on four continents. It needed a new “organization principle” as she put […]
(This is article 3 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) Introduction: When the Sabbatarian Adventists organized the General Conference on May 21, 1863, the almost two decades-long debate over the issue of whether to organize or not, died a quiet death. From here on out, the ‘fights’ shifted to the scope of […]
(This is article 2 in a 9 article series by Adrian Zahid) When we read history books, it seems as if time moves at the speed of our turning of the page. This can be both exhilarating and frustrating as we compare the heroes in the books to our own ‘mundane’ lives. It is […]