Weekly Adventist Bible Study
Available Via Podcast
n a world where the Internet helps people fit news, entertainment and even spiritual enrichment into their increasingly multitasked lives, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific now offers the weekly Adult Bible Study Guide lesson on audio podcast.
Digital mp3 files of each Sabbath School lesson, podcast onto the Internet, are available for free download worldwide and are playable on iPods, mobile phones and other podcast-supporting devices.
Church officials in Australia hope the new lesson format will appeal to young people, busy commuters and those who might not have the time, inclination or ability to read traditional printed lessons.
According to Scott Wegener, associate electronic-media officer for Adventist Media Network in the South Pacific, this is the first English recording of the Adult Bible Study Guide to be podcast.
While he says there is "no substitute for timely, well-considered study of the Word of God," Barry Oliver, secretary for the church in the South Pacific, expects the podcast will help Adventists familiarize themselves with each week's lesson content before more in-depth study.
Plans are also underway for launching a youth lesson podcast, should the current adult podcast show a demand for additional audio lesson studies.
Produced by the Adventist Media Network in the South Pacific, the podcast is available at the Web site http://sspm.adventistconnect.org.
Dr. Albert Whiting, Retired World Church Health Director, Dies
Dr. Albert Whiting, age 75, former Health Ministries director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, died July 4, 2007, following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Whiting began his career as an intern at White Memorial Hospital in in Los Angeles during the summer of 1958. Stops during the next two decades included work as a senior assistant surgeon in the U.S. military and a stint at Loma Linda University.
In 1977 Whiting became the associate director of Health Ministires, serving for 13 years before becoming director. He retired in the spring of 1998. In all, his service to the world church spanned 38 years.
Whiting “guided the Health Ministries department through many situations and his wisdom was always apparent and appreciated,” a statement from the department said. “He was truly a stalwart in health ministries and his long and dedicated career made a significant difference to so many.” His wife, Carol, survives. — AR Staff
Justice Is Served News Commentary
BY SHELLEY NOLAN FREESLAND, Communication Director, Adventist World Radio
The first reports sounded too incredible to be true: when a dry cleaner in Washington, D.C., misplaced customer Roy Pearson’s pants, he sued the business’ owners for $65,462,500. But as the owners of Custom Cleaners – Korean immigrants Soo Chung, Jin Nam Chung, and Ki Y. Chung – found out, this lawsuit was for real.
The saga began in 2005, when the firm lost a pair of pants that Pearson had dropped off for cleaning. A week later, Pearson received a pair of pants, but said they were not his. After multiple negotiations for ever-increasing amounts of compensation, the Chungs’ final offer to settle the case came to $12,000.
Pearson persisted; he is, it turns out, an administrative law judge for the District of Columbia. He based his claims of fraud and negligence on two signs displayed at the shop, which said “Satisfaction Guaranteed” and “Same Day Service.” Local consumer protection laws allow for damages of $1,500 per violation per day, which Pearson multiplied by three defendants over several years. He also added claims for “mental suffering, inconvenience, and discomfort,” compensation for the value of the time he spent on the lawsuit, and more.
The case finally made it to trial in June, 2007, and became a media spectacle attended by journalists from around the world. In the end, the judge ruled in favor of the dry cleaner and ordered Pearson to pay the Chungs’ court costs. Pearson may also be required to pay the defendants’ attorneys’ fees, which likely will exceed $100,000.
Although it seems evident that sanity did prevail in this case, we know — often from sad experience — that we cannot always count on life to be fair. Fortunately, when we face the ultimate day of judgment, we can be assured of a just outcome.