But before we dive too far into 2014, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the biggest stories of the past year.
So, here it is: the top 10 news stories of 2013 (based on number of website views).
2013 saw a lot of leadership changes for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific, such as Pastor Glenn Townend’s appointment as president of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission.
Much has been said over the past couple of years about the Sabbath situation in Samoa. In late 2013, the General Conference of the Adventist Church joined in on the discussion.
Women’s ordination was without question the biggest topic of 2013. The issue was brought into a global spotlight in October, when Pastor Sandra Roberts was named president of the Southeastern California Conference.
Perhaps the most striking comments on women’s ordination came from Dr Bertil Wiklander. At a seminar in September, the president of the Trans-European Division voiced his total support for the ordination of women, saying he “would die for it”.
Summer is natural disaster season in Australia. Tragedy struck a little earlier last year, however, when fires ripped across NSW in October, destroying dozens of homes.
News of Leo Schreven’s death broke in December 2012, but readers were still coming to terms with his tragic passing in 2013.
Last year’s holiday season got off to a disastrous start, when Lani Brereton’s vehicle was hit head on by an unregistered, speeding car driven by a drunk driver.
“Ordination fever” took hold of the Adventist Church in the South Pacific in 2013. In November, discussion was replaced by decision, with church delegates unanimously affirming a report from its Biblical Research Committee that “does not see any scriptural principle which would be an impediment to women being ordained”.
It’s almost been a year since Linden Millist’s terrible accident, which burnt up to 50 per cent of his body. Since then, his story and incredible fighting spirit has touched the lives of thousands of people around the world.
When we posted this story in mid-July, hundreds of people flocked to our website to check out the news. A few weeks later, and the Pope’s non-Adventist brother was still a hot topic. In fact, the popularity of the story remained steady for the rest of 2013. Turns out one can never get enough of a good conspiracy theory.
*Early prediction for the most popular story of 2014: Pope’s brother [still] not an Adventist