Diet and Character Development

Diet and Character Development

The recent evidence evaluation and announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the carcinogenicity of red and processed meat adds to numerous studies suggesting a vegetarian lifestyle as a better dietary option. A simple Google search comparison of the scholarly interest in vegetarianism between 2000 and 2015 suggests a threefold increas

Pope Francis’s Growing Global Influence

Pope Francis’s Growing Global Influence

Today, Sept. 24, 2015, will go down in the annals of history as the day the tide shifted. Never in the history of the Republic has a pope or any other religious leader addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In his approximately 50-minute speech, Pope Francis moved many members of Congress to tears as he invoked the need to listen to the “v

Refugees and the Search for Security

Refugees and the Search for Security

Syrian refugees, the capsizing boats of immigrants, and the U.S. immigration policy toward those fleeing their countries in search of better lives have been heated topics in recent news headlines. While countries like Germany briefly opened their borders, the Canadian government has pledged up to $75 million (in US dollars) after it was criticized

The Economy, the Pope, and the Gospel

The Economy, the Pope, and the Gospel

On the morning of August 24, the Dow Jones plunged 1000 points to further heighten fears of a possible global economic crisis ahead. Economists and other observers have cited, among others, these causes for their concerns: China’s market volatility; the fall of oil prices from $100 per barrel last summer to below $50; the struggling price of copper

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

In a landmark decision last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage. The Court has made gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right for everyone in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy said, No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devot

The Difficult Road to San Antonio

The Difficult Road to San Antonio

As the world church nears its 60th General Conference Session, the subject of women’s ordination keeps getting louder and louder (did we forget about another crucial vote on Fundamental Belief #6, about creation?). A plethora of materials (I won’t even attempt to catalog all of them) from both pro and anti camps are circulating via the mail and the

GC Session 2015 Daily Program Announced

GC Session 2015 Daily Program Announced

The opening business meeting of the 60th General Conference Session will begin Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 8:30 am, local time. The closing meeting will end on Saturday night, July 11, 2015. On Wednesday, July 8, the whole day will be dedicated to the discussion and vote on women's ordination. Follow the link below to see the entire schedule: http:/

Diet and Mental Health

Diet and Mental Health

In 1905, Ellen G. White said that “diet materially affects the mind and disposition” (Adventist Home, p. 252). Given her level of education and lack of scientific background, few people paid attention to her statement. It would take another century before we could fully appreciate her timeless words. The Surprising Connection Between Brain and Gut