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About Us

 

Welcome!  We hope that you will enjoy what we have been able to post so far.  We meet every Sabbath between 10:30 and 11:30 am in Room 3111 of the Centennial Complex at Loma Linda, California.  It is on the northwest corner of Anderson and Stewart Streets; however, one enters its parking lot from Campus Street one block to the West.

Although we meet on its campus, this is not an endeavor of Loma Linda University.

This Sabbath School continues the Legacy of Roy Branson who began it in Loma Linda following decades of leading a similar one at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland.  A son and grandson of SDA missionaries and church administrators who was educated at Atlantic Union College, Andrews University, the University of Chicago and Harvard University, he was a specialist in religious ethics and American religious history.  He taught at Andrews University, Washington Adventist University and Loma Linda University where he also served as the Associate Dean of the School of Religion.

He was active in the Civil Rights movement and he founded the Interreligious Coalition against Tobacco and the Center for Religion and Public Policy at Washington Adventist University.  He was also active at the Kennedy Center for Bioethics at Georgetown University.  He was one of the chief founders of the Adventist Forum and its quarterly journal "Spectrum."  More information about it is available at www.spectrummagazine.org.  His contributions continue in the significant contributions of his graduate students in several different specialties.

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2017 Schedule

January

7          Michael Scofield
            “What Rembrandt Can Teach Us about Inspiration”

14       Michael Scofield
            “Anxiety Over Women’s Ordination:
            A Root Cause Analysis”

21       Gary Blount and Ken Clements
            “A New Dietrich Bonhoeffer Movie: “Come Before Winter’”

28       Ronald Graybill
            “Relics or Reality:  An Insider’s View of the New
            Ellen G. White Center at the General Conference”

February

4          Petre Cimpoeru
            “Adventism Behind the Iron Curtain:  Romania”

11       Ted Levterov
            “Adventism Behind the Iron Curtain:  Bulgaria”       

18       Michael Orlich
            “The First Great Awakening

25       Jonathan Butler
            “The Second Great Awakening”

March

4          Forrest Howe
           “The Faiths of Our Founding Fathers”

11       David Trim
            “Our People Very Slowly Respond”

18       Ronald Graybill
            “Millenarians, Utopians and Early Adventism”

25       Gilbert Valentine
            “Reason and Revelation in 19th Century
            North American Education”

April

1          Michael Orlich
            “The Transcendentalists”

8          Michael Scofield
            “How Adventism Has Changed Since World War II”

15       Leo Ranzolin
            “Unity and Diversity in New Testament Times
             and Ours” (Part 3)

22       Petre Cimpoeur
            “Religion and Politics in Communist Romania
             and the United States”

29       David Larson
            “Three Current Understandings of Free Will”

May
6          Graham Stacey
            “Inconvenient Truth:  A Psychologist’s View of
            Biblical Inspiration” (Part 1)

13       Graham Stacey
            Inconvenient Truth:  A Psychologist’s View of
            Biblical Inspiration” (Part 2)

20       Siroj Sorajjakool
           “Genealogy of Knowledge: 
            Higher Education and the Reproduction of Social Class”

  27    David Larson
           "Top Down’ and ‘Bottom Up’ in Constant Interaction: 
            More Thoughts on How We Know”

June

3       Michael Scofield
          Divine Temporal Activism:
          How Does God Act in Our Temporal World?” (Part 1)

10     Michael Scofield
          “Divine Temporal Activism:
          How Does God Act In Our Temporal World?” (Part 2)

17     William G. Johnsson
          David Larson's Preview Interview of
          William G. Johnsson
          "Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio"
        

24     Gilbert Valentine and Kendra Haloviak Valentine
          Chapter 1
          “Women’s Ordination:  The Battle is Over”
          Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio
           
by William G. Johnsson

July

1       Laura Alipoon
        "The Chosen:
        Exclusive or Inclusive"
        Chapter 2
        Where Are We Headed:  Adventism After San Antonio
        by William G. Johnsson

8      Calvin Thomsen
        "Waiting for Jesus:
        The When or the Who?"
        Chapter 3
        Where Are We Headed? Adventism After San Antonio
        by William G. Johnsson

15     Carla Gober
        "The Chosen:
        Exclusive or Inclusive"
        Chapter 4
        Where Are We Headed:  Adventism After San Antonio
        by William G. Johnsson           

22   Leo Ranzolin
        "Organization:
        Thinking the Unthinkable"
        Chapter 5
        Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio
         by William G. Johnsson

29    Ben Clausen
        "Adventism and Creation:
        Jubilation of Confrontation"
        Chapter 6
        Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio
        by William G. Johnsson
        
August

5    Jerald Whitehouse
      "Mission:
     "Beyond Counting Heads"
      Chapter 7
      Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio
      by William G. Johnsson

12  Forrest Howe
      "Interpreting Scripture:
       Will Ellen Have the Last Word?"
      Chapter 8
      Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio
      by William G. Johnsson

19   Donna Carlson
      "The Promise of Adventism"
       Chapter 9
       Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio
       by William G. Johnsson

26  Graham Stacey
        "Unity:
        "Top Down or Bottom Up?"
        Chapter 10
        Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio
        by William G. Johnsson

September

2  Graham Stacey's Review Interview of
    William G. Johnsson
    "Where Are We Headed?  Adventism After San Antonio"

9    Laura Alipoon
      Lowell Cooper's Paper:
      "General Conference Working Policy:
       The Challenge of Enforcement and the Opportunity for Development"

16   Jerald Whitehouse
        Exploring the "Invisible Remnant" and "Hermeneutical Community"
        
23    Michael Scofield
        "Why Do We an Institutional Church?"
        Part 1

30    Michael Scofield
        "Why Do We Need an Insrirurional Church
        (Part 2)

 October

7     Kendra Haloviak Valentine
       "The Beginning"         
        (Mark 1)
        
Various Worlds;  Intertexuality

14   Kendra Haloviak Valentine
        "Bandits or Betrayers"
        (Mark 13, 16)
        Redaction Perspectives

21   Kendra Haloviak Valentine
        "Mark's Sandwiches"
        (Mark 8 - 11)
        Literary Perspectives

28  Kendra Haloviak Valentine
        "Crumbs"
        (Mark 7: 24 - 31)
        Feminist and Postcolonial Perspectives
        
November

4   Kendra Haloviak
     "Legion's Land"
     Mark 5:  1 - 20)

11  David Larson on "Toward an Understanding of Unity:  Issues in the 21st Century Adventist Church"
        by Thomas Lemon

18  Calvin Thomsen on "Martin Luther:  An Introduction"

25 A Discussion of  "An Appeal to the German Nobility" by Martin Luther

December 

2  A Discussion of "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church" by Martin Luther   

9  A Discussion of "The Freedom of the Christian" by Martin Luther  

16  A Discussion of "Against the Jews" by Martin Luther

23  A Discussion of Martin Luther on "Christmas"

30 Laura Alipoon 

 


2016 Schedule

 

January

2     Annual Book Fest

9     Annual Book Fest

16    Leo Ranzolin
        "Adventism and the Public Square:  Paul in Athens?"

23   Michael Scofield
        "Seventh-day Adventist Folk Theology (1)"

30   Michael Scofield
       " Seventh-day Adventist Folk Theology (2)"


February

  6   Richard Rice
       "Does God Have a Future?"

 13  Ronald Graybill
       "In Her Own Hand:  The New Golden Age of  Ellen G. White Research"

20  Laura Alipoon
     " Emotional Intelligence:  What Is It?  Did Jesus Have It?  Peter and Paul?"

27   Gary Chartier
      "Law, Theology and Ethics:  Insights Across the Disciplines" 
         


March

5      Gary Chartier
         "Contraception , Same Sex Marriage and War (1)"

12    Gary Chartier
        "Contraception, Same Sex Marriage and War (2)"

19    Gary Chartier
       "A New Book:  The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience" 
        
26   Ronald Graybill (9:00 - 10:00 am)
        "Ellen G. White Handwriting Transcription Workshop"

26    Richard Rice  (10:30 - 11:30 am)
        "Tempered Enthusiasm:  Adventists and the 19th Century Temperance Movement"


April

    2   Dragutin Matak:  
         "Muslims and Christians in the Former Yugoslavia:  Untold Stories,
                    Unsung Heroes"

    9   Michael Scofield                
         "The Precarious Future of Adventist Higher Education"
             
  16   Roger McQuistan and Lee Greer III
         "Anthropocene:  Geology, Ecology and Spirituality"       

23    Forrest Howe
         "The Development of the Old Testament:  A Different Paradigm"

30   Fritz Guy                          
        "Three Adventist Views of Creation:  A Guide to the Conversation"


May

7     Ronald Graybill  (9:00 - 10:00 am)
       "The Prophet's Pen:  A Workshop on Transcribing Ellen White's Handwriting

 7   Zane Yi (10:30 - 11:30 am)
      " Christ and Culture Revisited:  Toward an Adventist Theology of Culture"

14   Leo Ranzolin  (10:30 - 11:30 am)
       "New Testament Perspectives on Mission:  Which One Most Resonates with LLU?"

21   James Walters
       "Genesis' Early Chapters:  History, Fiction or Neither?"

28  Ted Levterov
       "Chicken, Ducks and Other Good Stuff:  Ellen G. White and Vegetarian Diet"


June

June 4    John Jones
                "Western and Eastern Medicine Collide in California's Central Valley:  
                 Anne Fadiman's The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" 

June 11  John Jones
                "Dazzling Cosmic Net:  Reflections on the Helping and Healing Professions"
                
June 18   Michael Orlich
                 " Dietary Patterns and Major Cancers: Adventist Health Study 2 Findings"
                   
June 25  Forrest Howe
                "American Charities and Charitable Giving:  
                Advantages and Potential Pitfalls" 

                


                


July

2.    Gerald Winslow
       "California's New 'End of Life Option Act:'  Summary and Appraisal"
                    

9.    David Larson
       
 "Roy Branson Celebration Sabbath"
       
Church: 9:00 - 10:15; Class: 10:30 - 11:30; Potluck and Discussion:  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

       

16.   Fritz Guy
        Chapter 15
        "Adventist Christianity on the Way to the Future"
        The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience
       

23.   Forrest Howe
         Chapter 2
        "Revelation and Inspiration"  by Sakae Kubo
        The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience
      

30.   Theodore Levterov
         Chapter 9
        "Ellen White's Ministry" by Arthur Patrick
         The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience

August

6.    Petre Cimpoeru
       Chapter 4
       "Sabbath" by Niels-Erik Andreasen
       The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience  

13.  David Larson
       Chapter 3
       "Creation" by Jacques Doukhan
       The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience 

20.  Donna Carlson and Michael Orlich
        Chapter 10
       "Health and the Healing Arts" by Roy Branson
       The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience

27.  Zane Yi
       Chapter 5: 
      "Humanness" by Dalton D. Baldwin
      The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience   
       


September

3.    Calvin Thomsen
       Chapter 8
       "Church" by Paul J. Landa
       The Future of Adventsim:  Theology, Society, Experience

      
 10.   John Brunt
          Chapter 14
          "Hope" by John Brunt
          The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience
                  

17.   Charles Teel, Jr.
         Chapter 11
        "Mission" by Charles, Teel, Jr.
        The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience
       

24  William Johnsson
        Chapter 7
       "Sanctuary" by Roy Adams
        The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience
         
        


October

1       Richard Rice
         "God"
         Chapter 1
         Theology, Society, Experience

8      Gary Chartier
        "Christ and Salvation"
         Chapter 6
        The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Science, Experience  

15    Charles Scriven
        "Higher Education and Theological Ethics"
         Chapter 12
        The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Science, Experience

22    Sigve Tonstad
        "The 'Great Disappointment' Then and Now'" 

29   Ron Graybill
       "Visions and Revisions:  The Taming of Ellen White"


November

5      Michael Orlich, David Stone, Jim McMillan,
        Bernard Brandstater,
Bonnie Johnson
        "Born of the Spirit:  The Poetry of Our Ordinary Lives" 

12    Laura Alipoon and Roger McQuistan
        "Rethinking the Human Narrative"

19    David R. Larson
        "Divine Omnipresence and Biblical Inspiration"

26   Graham Stacey
        Chapter 13
        "Bible Study" by Alden Thompson
        The Future of Adventism:  Theology, Society, Experience
   

 

December

3        Leo Ranzolin
           "Christian Unity and Diversity in New Testament Times
            and Ours"  (1)

10     Leo Ranzolin
          "Christian Unity and Diversity in New Testament Times
            and Ours"  (2)

17    Sigve Tonstad

24    Sigve Tonstad

31    Sigve Tonstad