The Gathering

A new worship opportunity called The Gathering now is now meeting on Wednesday nights in Conard Chapel from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Lead by the Circle Church team, The Gathering is an opportunity for those looking for encouragement, discussion, prayer, and two worship credits to find something fresh and different. Leader Anthony Lyder said, “We wanted to create a space outside of the church service for people to come and feel at home. It’s a…

Are You the Result of Papal Sin?

This week’s article was inspired by the alt-text of an xkcd comic that mentioned Wikipedia’s list of sexually active popes.1 While reading about the popes and their various escapades, I quickly got curious about one question: How many people today have a Pope somewhere back in their family tree? What is the probability of a random person on the street having a great-great-great-great-great-grandpope? To answer that question, we have to look back and see how…

Are You Ready?

When it comes to getting ready for a trip, the packing process can be emotional. Most people will experience what I like to call the 5 Stages of Packing. While you continue to read you may find parallelisms with the 5 Stages of Grief, and honestly, if grief isn’t involved for you then write to me and give me all of your secrets. The first stage of packing is disbelief and excitement. This trip is…

IV’s, Food Trucks, and Suspicious Sunshine

This week marks the third week of nursing school, here, at Portland Campus. The students in Acute all have little dots in their hands from IV practice, the students in Family Health all appear relaxed, and the students in Mental Health look like they haven’t slept for a couple days. Its still warm enough to bike the half mile to the food trucks on Stark St. to enjoy the most delicious Pad Thai you have…

Remnant or Fragment?

Last year I was studying at the upper study counter of the Atlas and overheard two students conversing about the state of Adventism. One was musing negatively about the church’s stance on some current issues. The interlocutor concurred and replied that it is only until Adventism works out its issues that she will reinter. Given the current context, it seemed to her that it was unlikely. The whole conversation was concerning given its tone: passionate…

Homosexuality in the Bible: Consistent or Situational?

I missed writing for y’all last week. I came down with a fever that put me a bit behind in classes and sleep. In my place, a fellow student wrote a contribution entitled, “The ‘Problem’ of Homosexuality.” As I read it, I noticed some things I completely agreed with, while other things didn’t sit well with me at all. In response, I will be discussing an overview of the position I believe the Bible takes on homosexual…

A Time To Speak

An intercollegiate Adventist summit will take place at Union College to discuss the future of the Adventist Church. Many Adventist colleges and universities will be sending ambassadors to represent their institutions and voice the concerns of students on their respective campuses.   Newly released data shows the Adventist church’s growth rate to be 2.5% within North America, second only to the Jehovah’s Witness denomination with a growth rate of 4.31% within the last year. However,…

Part One: The Truth About the Bible

This article is the first installment of an ongoing series about the Bible. Before we can dig into any specific stories we have to first understand what the Bible is, why it was written, and how it affects us today. Without this foundation it will be impossible to come to terms and have an open discussion. So we’ll start with this basic question: What is the Bible? I’ll run through some basics real quick. The Bible is…

“Fly virtuous youth!”

I have an announcement! NO ONE LIKES DUCK-FACED SELFIES. Yes, I do partake in Snapchat-ing friends and foes and regretfully 50% of my snaps are shameful and degrading duck-faced selfies. However, I challenge you and myself to give the poor bird a much-needed reprieve. Here are some ideas to inspire us towards more noble creations. The walrus selfie: insert chopsticks under upper lip and gaze fiercly. The Sir Francis Bacon selfie: aquire bacon or stipples,…

Two Autumn Apple Recipes

Apples are one of my favorite fall treats. I simply can’t seem to get enough of them.  You’ve heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” right? Just imagine the benefits of eating two apples a day! Seems an awesome reason to eat lots of them. The weather is getting colder outside and apple pie and baked apples are the perfect comfort foods, especially when eaten with a couple of scoops of ice-cream….