Thursday, July 17, 2014

2014 Forever Faithful Camporee theme song lyrics

Here's the official theme song for the 2014 Forever Faithful International Pathfinder Camporee.

Lyrics below:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mission Lifeguard promotional video

Mission Lifeguard is an initiative by the North American Division Youth Ministries department to reach out to missing young people.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The 13 problems with "The Record Keeper" by the Biblical Research Institute

"The Record Keeper," the Seventh-day Adventist Church's highly anticipated series was suspended due to theological innaccuracies, according to Adventist News Network.

The series was based on "The Great Controversy" by Ellen White. It was analyzed by the Church's Biblical Research Institute, which found several "problematic and theologically inaccurate matters raised in the Web series," ANN reported.

However, according to the series' director, Jason Satterlund, the scripts had been approved by multiple committees and the Ellen G. White Estate before production began.

"We got the stamp of approval from those committees AND the stamp of approval from the White estate," Satterlund wrote. "They agreed with everything we had. Not only that, but representatives from the GC were on set every day of production"

Adventist News Network updated its news article to include a link to the Biblical Research Institute's concerns about "The Record Keeper." Here is the list of concerns:

Exclusive: "The Record Keeper" director talks about why the series was cancelled

Last week, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists suspended the release of its highly anticipated dramatic series, "The Record Keeper."

The series was based on "The Great Controversy" by Ellen White, but the cancellation of the series has itself become a controversy and somewhat of a public relations situation for the General Conference.

A Sabbath Blog reached out to Jason Satterlund, director of the project, for his thoughts on the cancellation of "The Record Keeper" and its impact on the Adventist Church.

Below is our exclusive interview in full:

What's next for "The Record Keeper? Is there a future for the series?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This is how scammers stole $500,000 from the Adventist Church by hacking a Gmail account

New details have been released in the ongoing investigation of a sophisticated cyber theft that defrauded the Seventh-day Adventist Church of approximately US$500,000 during the span of a four-week period late last year.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

How young people shared Jesus during Global Youth Day 2014

[Last] month’s Global Youth Day was the second annual event that sent hundreds of thousands of Seventh-day Adventist youth and young adults out of church for service projects in neighborhoods and communities worldwide.

The March 15 event was also broadcast on the Internet live, highlighting projects from 20 sites. This year’s event had nearly three times the live online participation from last year, with more than 27,000 media publications on the event’s website and Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adventist mission pilot dies in plane accident in Indonesia

An Adventist Aviation-Indonesia (AAI) mission plane piloted by veteran pilot Bob Roberts crashed upon takeoff this morning at the AAI headquarters in Papua, claiming his life as well as that of at least one other person onboard.*

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This is why the suspension of "The Record Keeper" is important to young Adventists

The Seventh-day Adventist world church leadership suspended the release of its highly anticipated dramatic web series, "The Record Keeper."

The announcement came Friday afternoon via the world church's news service, Adventist News Network.

Here are a few questions you may be asking yourself and our attempt to answer them:

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Record Keeper's release suspended by Adventist Church leadership

Seventh-day Adventist world church leadership today announced their decision to suspend the release of the 11-episode series called “The Record Keeper,” but agreed to explore the possibility of supporting similar creative outreach projects.

The decision came after carefully reviewing the Web series, which dramatizes the epic struggle between good and evil. Seventh-day Adventist church leaders from different parts of the world and the world headquarters evaluated the series, participated in the discussions and the decision-making process.

“Seventh-day Adventist world church leadership is committed to using and developing creative methods of outreach that are faithful to Scripture and Seventh-day Adventist ideals to reach segments of the population that will never be impacted by traditional evangelism,” said world church president, Ted N. C. Wilson.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bible Collection at the 2014 Forever Faithful Intl. Camporee

At each of the international Pathfinder camporees, Pathfinders get the chance to help someone in another country learn more about Jesus.

If you're attending the upcoming Forever Faithful International Pathfinder Camporee this August, you'll get the chance to help out too!

It's super easy, what you do:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Watch Global Youth Day 2014 live online

Global Youth Day 2014 is here!

Right now, millions of Adventist youth around the world are sharing God's love with their communities through acts of kindness.

Watch a live stream from around the world below:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Forever Faithful Camporee Blooper Reel

On the last night of the 2009 Courage to Stand International Pathfinder Camporee, a 3D animated teaser announced the theme and the title of the next international camporee.

The video featured Queen Esther (the main character of the 2009 nightly stage drama) introducing Daniel (the main character for the 2014 nightly drama).

The camporee organizers released a "blooper reel" of the video a while back. You can watch that video above.

You can watch the original animated promotional video from 2009 below.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Adventist Church wants millions of youth to skip church on March 15, here's why you should too

UPDATE: Global Youth Day is happening right now. Watch the live video.

Adventist youth around the world plan to skip church on Saturday, March 15. Instead of listening to another sermon, these youth plan to actually be the sermon!

It's called Global Youth Day (GYD) and the General Conference Youth Ministries wants youth to go out and share God's love to their communities through acts of kindness.

Eight million young people participated in last year's Global Youth Day, according to the GC Youth Ministries Dept. It was also the Adventist Church's largest social media event. Four million people were talking about it on the Internet, according to Adventist News Network.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

"The Record Keeper" will continue, announces General Conference

"The Record Keeper" has been saved, but you may have to wait a bit longer before you can see it.

The General Conference announced Friday night that work will continue on the church's highly anticipated web series.

The Record Keeper, an upcoming dramatic show based on The Great Controversy, was believed to be in danger of not being released.

Adventist college students began a campaign to save the steampunk web series. They created a Facebook page and began releasing videos featuring young people explaining why the series should continue. (You can watch those videos below.)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Innocent pastor freed after almost 2 years in jail

ANN photo

In Togo, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor who had been held on false charges for almost 2 years was finally released last week.

Things weren't so great for another church member had been held with Monteiro. Bruno Amah was convicted by a jury and sentenced to life in prison, according to a report by Adventist News Network.

The imprisonment of Pastor Antonio Monteiro and another church member, Bruno Amah, had captured the attention of Adventists around the world.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Southern Adventist University goes under lockdown, police have a suspect in custody

[Image via: @MCHadley/Twitter]

Southern Adventist University went under a campus wide lockdown Thursday afternoon in response to a "percieved threat" by a former student.

The lockdown lasted approximately 2 hours as police flooded the administration building and men's dormitory. The Greater Collegedale School System also went under lockdown, according to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

After the lockdown was lifted, the university released a statement saying that a former Southern student made a threat over delayed paperwork. The university was alerted to this threat by Chattanooga State Community College officials, the statement said.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Missing Adventist missionary found dead in Guatemala

The body of Brian Townsend, a missing Seventh-day Adventist missionary, has been found in Guatemala, according to The Toronto Star.

Townsend, 64, had been missing in Belize since Christmas Eve, according to the newspaper.

Townsend's neighbor and cook said she saw Townsend's truck heading out of town with a "mattress and a rolled-up rug," according to an article by Adventist Review. The cook said she discovered Townsend's truck was missing and his apartment looted the following morning.

Two machetes and blood were found about fifty feet from Townsend's home, reported Adventist Review.

How Adventists around the world are connected

Here's a short video from the Seventh-day Adventist world church explaining how Adventists around the world are connected and how the world church is organized. Cool stuff!

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