Top 10 stories of 2014


2015 is going to be an big year—we can feel it.

The excitement is already underway, with thousands of young Adventists from across the South Pacific beginning to gather in Toowoomba for the iThirst Pathfinder camporee.

Then there’s the General Conference Session (held in San Antonio, Texas) in July, which could see the Seventh-day Adventist Church take an historic vote on whether to allow women to be ordained ministers.

That’s not to say 2014 was a slow news year. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Join us as we countdown the top 10 news stories (based on number of website views) from this past year.

10. Prince meets Adventist aviator

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was given a glimpse into the work and ministry of Adventist Aviation Services in April during a visit to the Pacific Aerospace Limited aircraft factory in New Zealand.

9. The Pope does it again . . . or does he?

Strictly speaking, this wasn’t a news story. It was more of a reflection on the importance of getting the facts straight when it comes to reporting news—something a number of major news outlets failed to do in claiming that the “Pope supports big bang, evolution”.

8. Adventist leaders reflect on Sydney siege

The Australian and Adventist communities were left in shock at the deaths of Sydney siege hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson. 

7. Publishing director’s daughter in coma

Lani Brereton’s terrible accident in December 2013 caused a stir on our website and social media in 2014. 

6. Adventists killed in Kenyan bus massacre

Twenty-eight bus passengers—including at least eight Adventists—were executed by a Muslim extremist group in northern Kenya on November 22.

5. Adventist singer’s ‘battle’ cut from The Voice

Our readers—and the Australian public in general—weren’t too pleased when Emily Rex’s “battle” was cut from hit TV show.

4. Adventist singer wows on The Voice

And it’s no wonder why—her first performance was amazing.

3. Controversy over Pope’s call for unity

The subject of our most read story in 2013, Pope Francis slides to the number 3 spot on our top 10 list for 2014 (technically the 2013 story was about his not-so Adventist brother). Who would have thought a call for unity could cause so much controversy?

2. Adventist leaders in motorcycle accident

“What some people do to get out of annual meetings,” joked South Pacific Division general secretary Pastor Lionel Smith following his accident in November.

1. Adventist church mourns tragic death of child

A tragedy of tragedies. Eight-year-old Erwin Makafana was killed in a tragic accident just two days before Christmas.