Life in Flux: Coping with Pandemic Change

Life in Flux: Coping with Pandemic Change

Life is movement. It is change. It is flux. To move is to exist. So, change is part of the fabric of existence. But change comes in countless degrees, from barely noticeable to shockingly fast. On the latter end of the spectrum, we’ve all experienced times when we had too much going on at once. Often, this overwhelming feeling is correlated to the

Book Review: Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity

Book Review: Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity

Calvin B. Rock structures his book in three parts: The Protest Movements, The Challenge Ahead, and Appendices.   The first part discusses four phases of the push towards racial parity in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: social and administrative participation (1889—1928), the creation of colored conferences (1929—1944), the creation of black

Book Review: Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement by Samuel London, Jr.

Book Review: Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement by Samuel London, Jr.

Samuel London’s book is a historical analysis of the Adventist church’s stance towards social activism and the resulting effects of both decentralized attempts at promoting civil rights for African-Americans and the general tendency to refuse involvement in social justice.   The first part documents the “Origins and Development of Nonparticipa

Book Review: Daniel 11 Decoded by Jacques Doukhan

Book Review: Daniel 11 Decoded by Jacques Doukhan

Daniel 11 Decoded is Doukhan’s most recent book on Daniel and, as the title suggests, is an exegetical, historical, and theological analysis of chapter 11. The first five chapters shape the framework of the study in relation to the book of Daniel, relevant major biblical themes, and the contemporary context of interpretation. Thus, in chapter 1 Dou

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 11: Conflicts Leading to the End

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 11: Conflicts Leading to the End

Daniel 11 is quite possibly the most difficult passage in Scripture. It is a highly symbolic text with many events that we may not be able to fully comprehend. Still, it was given to us and it is necessary to wrestle with it as we can. The passage flows from chapter 10 and continues through the end of the book in chapter 12, consisting primarily of

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 10: Conflict on Earth and Beyond

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 10: Conflict on Earth and Beyond

During the first year of Cyrus (which coincides with the first year of Darius), Daniel remembered the prophecies concerning the end of captivity and prayed for their fulfillment. Gabriel came to Daniel to reassure him and to reveal more truth concerning the work of the Messiah, the ultimate liberator who would redeem humanity by taking sin upon Him

Report: Adventist Society for Religious Studies, San Diego 2019

Report: Adventist Society for Religious Studies, San Diego 2019

The Adventist Society for Religious Studies (ASRS) is an academic community that aims to provide a context for scholarly dialogue and fellowship. The society has been holding meetings in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) since 1979, first under the name of Andrews Society for Religi

Report: Adventist Theological Society Conference San Diego, 2019

Report: Adventist Theological Society Conference San Diego, 2019

For over thirty years, the Adventist Theological Society has been functioning as “an international, professional, nonprofit organization established as a resource for the Seventh-day Adventist Church to foster biblical, theological, and historical studies supportive of the Church’s message and mission.”[1] Among other projects, the society holds tw

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9b: A Better High Priest

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9b: A Better High Priest

Daniel lived most of his life as an exiled. In 605. B.C. he was forcefully uprooted by Nebuchadnezzar and moved from Judah to Babylon where he lived a long life – long enough to witness his captor, Babylon, capitulate to Medo-Persia. During the first year of Persian rule, Daniel searched the prophecies to understand the immediate future. Almost sev

Book Review: Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil John C. Peckham

Book Review: Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil John C. Peckham

The issue of theodicy goes centuries back and has been summarized by Hume in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as follows: Epicurus’s old questions are yet unanswered. Is he [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?[i] I