News Briefs for Friday, May 11, 2018
News reports from Battle Creek, Michigan; Oakwood University; Brighton, Colorado; Washington, D.C.; Malawi; Lakeland, Florida; Andrews University; and Loma Linda University
Newsweek included Dr. John Kellogg, the first Adventist doctor from the early days of the denomination, in a list of the most important inventors for his creation of dry breakfast cereal. With his brother Will, he invented Corn Flakes. Will Kellogg, also an Adventist when he was young, developed the manufacture and marketing of the cereal and founded the Kelloggs of Battle Creek company that is still one of the largest food manufacturers in the world. See the May 11 issue of Newsweek, page 139.
Oakwood University has won the Crystal Apple Award from the Partnership for a Healthier America for its Healthy Campus 2020 wellness initiative. It is the only higher education institution and the first Adventist University nationally recognized by the partnership.
Pastor Rex Bell of the Brighton (Colorado) Adventist Church was honored by U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman last week for serving two terms as an elected city council member. “He has made the City of Brighton a better place to live,” said the congressman. Bell has been the Adventist pastor in town for 23 years and is well known in the community.
Dr. Ben Carson, the Adventist physician who is a member of the cabinet in the United States government, is featured in the current issue of Bible Study Magazine. He talks about the wisdom to be found in the Book of Proverbs and opens up about his faith. The nondenominational journal is published by Faithlife which is primarily known for producing Logos Bible Software.
According to the Malawi News Agency, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is one of the implementing partners for a large scale project aimed at training 26,000 farmers in Chiradzulu, Malawi, to improve both their practices as well as their economic return. The projects is called Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Returns (BETTER) and organizers hope it will enhance food security and nutrition in the area. Humanitarian agency Action Aid has taken the lead on the project with implementation support from ADRA and a number of other agencies.
Florida Hospital is getting ready to build a free-standing emergency department in northeast Lakeland, east of Tampa. Lakeland’s The Ledger newspaper reported that construction will begin early next year and the plan is to open for business in early 2020. Leadership is deciding whether to build capacity for 12 beds or 24 beds in the facility. Florida Hospital may follow the construction of the emergency department with a full-scale hospital depending on patient demand.
Michigan news site MLive has compiled the statements of Christian colleges in the state on LGBTQ issues. The site noted that in addition to its opposition to the homosexual lifestyle, Andrews University was named to nonprofit Campus Pride’s “shame list,” which claims to reveal the “absolute worst campuses for LGBTQ youth.” Other Michigan institutions that made the shame list included Grace Bible College and Compass College of Cinematic Arts.
News source United Press International reported on Loma Linda University researchers’ findings that dark chocolate improves brain function by lowering stress levels and inflammation, and improving mood, memory and immunity. For the above benefits, the dark chocolate should have at least a 70 percent concentration of cacao and the remainder should be organic cane sugar.