Can We Prove That God Exists?

Can We Prove That God Exists?

The last proceeding of reason is to recognize that there is an infinity of things which are beyond it. It is but feeble if it does not see so far as to know this. (Blaise Pascal)   No mortal mind can penetrate the secrecy in which the Mighty One dwells and works. Only that which He sees fit to reveal can we comprehend of Him. Reason must ackno

Why Does God Hide Himself from Unbelievers

Why Does God Hide Himself from Unbelievers

Perhaps that is too bold of a claim. After all, the Psalmist reminds us that “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1) and Paul argues that God’s “eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20).   Indeed, this is true now more than ever: we know the universe had a begin

What Is the Church? Ephesians’ Cosmic Vision

What Is the Church? Ephesians’ Cosmic Vision

“The church is not just a building, it is the people.” “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a club for saints.” “The church should be the safest place on earth.”   That’s it. Those three statements exhaust the popular understanding of the church. Ecclesiology has essentially been reduced to a few catchphrases. They work well because they

Is God Good?

Is God Good?

I’ve noticed something. In both the halls of the university and the corridors of the church, doubt in the existence of God isn’t the most common issue I have run into. Rather, it is doubt in the goodness of God.   Constantly bombarded with the world’s pain, we began to develop a theology: God is distant. God must not really care about us. God

5 Biblical Principles for Sharing Hope

5 Biblical Principles for Sharing Hope

In an earlier post, I shared my experience as a Freshman at Stanford University coming into contact with a world of questions and, consequently, seeking to find and give a reason for the hope that I had in Christ. In future posts, I’ll engage with some of those questions and unpack how I discovered that Adventism speaks to them, but first, a confes

Taking Questions Seriously

Taking Questions Seriously

I grew up Adventist my whole life. Pathfinders, deacon as a teenager and young adult, Sabbath school leader. The whole nine yards. And I had an amazing experience. All of my closest friends are still Adventist, and most of them have no idea that I am now an atheist. So how did I go from a deeply committed, born-again and baptized Seventh-day Advent

Making God Known

Making God Known

The Church faces the challenge of modernity: America, along with much of the Western world, has become a post-Christian society. The reliability of Scripture, the existence of God, and other foundational truths of the Christian worldview are no longer broadly shared. Additionally, traditional authority structures have been replaced.   Whereas

Do We Need Adventist Education in the Fundamental Beliefs?

Do We Need Adventist Education in the Fundamental Beliefs?

[Image source: Adventist Review] While studying as an undergraduate at Stanford University, I found the Adventist understanding of the nature of true education gave purpose and direction to my studies, helping me to think about education in more holistic terms. Therefore, I was intrigued by a headline I saw last week: “Adventist Education Declared