Reimagining Adventism, Part 8a: The Great Controversy and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 8a: The Great Controversy and Absurdity

Life can be wearisome and dreary because the world is indifferent to us. ― Kilroy J. Oldster   In 2003, the best-selling rap-rock band Linkin Park released a song that would become the anthem of many. It was titled “In the End” and began with rapper Mike Shinoda laying a pessimistic foundation as he raps about the futility of trying as “wastin

Reimagining Adventism, Part 7b: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 7b: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

We are not beings born totally depraved. We are beings in need of healing. - Jordan Sutton   In the 2017 sci-fi thriller “Life”, a space crew fights to survive an alien creature that is both hostile and seemingly impossible to destroy. As the film reaches its climax, however, there the viewer can discern a rising tension between nihilism and h

Reimagining Adventism 7a: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism 7a: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

I maintain that faith in this world is perfectly possible without faith in another world.—Rosalind Franklin   In her poem “Back to Being Human” the English poet Ms. Moem invites us to collectively regress “back” to something we have “lost” about ourselves—a thing which purportedly encapsulates all that it means to be who we are meant to be. Bu

Reimagining Adventism Part 6c: Creation and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism Part 6c: Creation and Absurdity

Those who are devoid of purpose will make the void their purpose. - Friedrich Nietzche   In the last two articles, we explored a meaningful way to approach creation with emerging post-church culture. We have seen that in our contemporary age, two approaches to human origin exist. One is the modernist approach that places its faith in science a

Reimagining Adventism, Part 6b: Creation and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 6b: Creation and Absurdity

I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in… but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted. – Jean Paul Sartre   In his debate with Ken Ham, American television presenter Bill Nye opened his remarks saying, “Here tonight we’re going to have two stories. And we can compare Mr. Ham’s story to the story fr

No. God is Not a 3 Headed Being.

No. God is Not a 3 Headed Being.

God is not a 3 headed being!   Just think about it - a being that is three and one? Its illogical! Makes no sense.   The Bible clearly teaches that God is one. There are not three God’s in the Bible!   These are some of the most common anti-Trinitarian comments I have heard over the years. The argument seems to be set up like this:

Reimagining Adventism, Part 6a: Creation and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 6a: Creation and Absurdity

The secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company. - Rachel Naomi Remen   The topic of creation is arguably the most difficult to address when it comes to secular outreach. On the one hand, the cultures prosaic embrace of the theory of evolution means most people simply accept it

Reimagining Adventism, 5b: The Trinity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, 5b: The Trinity and Absurdity

If there’s a God, why’d he make me? All of these flaws is all that I see. –Illenium & Call Me Karizma The ontological self-abandonment of God reveals that God is far from the self-interested being many religionists have made him out to be. Instead, God is other-centered. And yet, this very revelation drives us toward an ethereal riddle that tra

Reimagining Adventism, Part 5a: The Trinity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 5a: The Trinity and Absurdity

If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is indeed a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the very Ground of Being and is inherently, objectively, and concretely on our side. - Richard Rohr   In the last few articles, we went on a tour through the doctrine of God, approaching it from the angle of postu

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4B: God and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4B: God and Absurdity

The Christian God is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust. - Thomas Jefferson What are we talking about when we talk about God? The answer differs depending on who you are and who you are interacting with. For the traditional Christian talking about God revolves around exploring his attributes such as omnipotence