New Feature: Letters to IA

We are getting quite a bit of fan mail, questions, and what can charitably call “notes of concern.” We want to point people to our Facebook page (Intelligent Adventist), where at least once a week, we will answer questions people have emailed us. We want to answer on occasion, but we don’t have the time […]

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News Flash: Union President Forces Pastors to Turn over Electronic Devices in a Hunt for Whistleblowers

Today, we received information about a meeting held at the South Conference of the South-Eastern Union-Conference in Niš, Serbia. The Union President Dragan Grujicic presided over the meeting. The union president gave a moralizing speech in which he stated that the person who did the recording should repent. He threatened the pastors in attendance with […]

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GoFundMe for Anita Trto

If you would like to help Anita with her court costs and associated medical care costs, you can donate directly here. https://gofund.me/f3c42b5e Update: As a commitment to financial transparency, we are posting the receipt of the transfer of funds. We have transferred over $4,000. The campaign to raise funds is ongoing. You can click on […]

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Adventists & Women’s Ordination

by Mike Manea In Adventist circles, the debate over the ordination of women to gospel ministry has involved many different topics, ranging from biblical hermeneutics (interpretation,) to headship/complementarian theology, to ecclesiology (doctrine of the church,) etc. At its core, however, the issue is primarily a question of what a biblical theology of ordination is. The […]

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When Women’s Ordination and Church vs State Rights are in Conflict

There are two sets of “rights” and authoritative powers that are enmeshed in every constitutional document for every level of the church. They are 1)Ecclesiastical authority 2)State authority. When the PUC General Counsel gave advice to the constituents, he was giving advice regarding the rights under the State of California not ecclesiastical authority. States rights […]

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A House Divided (4D): Is the Pacific Union too Big to Fail?

(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. The […]

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A House Divided (4C): The One Point of Order No One Raised at the GC Session 2015

(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 had […]

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A House Divided (4B): The Pacific Union Presses the Nuclear Button

(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 common […]

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A House Divided (4A): Words Matter…“Generally”

(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 see […]

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A House Divided (3): Catholic or Adventist – Evaluating Pro-Union Arguments

(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 its […]

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