Reimagining Adventism, Part 3: Evangelism, Church, and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 3: Evangelism, Church, and Absurdity

"If we distance ourselves and our point of view, a culture will always look peculiar to us." - Shahar Fisher We are nearly ready to begin reimagining Adventism. So far, we have seen three very important points that call us to reimagine our evangelistic approach. The first is that the secular mind is immersed in absurdity—an experience most people o

Reimagining Adventism, Part 2: Truth and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 2: Truth and Absurdity

“Fundamentalists live life with an exclamation point. I prefer to live my life with a question mark.” — Amos Oz   The state of absurdity (the tension between meaninglessness and meaning) is a very real experience that must be understood and appreciated by Adventists if we wish to develop a meaningful approach to evangelism in the secular spher

Reimagining Adventism, Part 1: Adventism and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 1: Adventism and Absurdity

“Meaningless! Meaningless! ... Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” - The Preacher, Ecclesiastes 1:2 NIV   Through the years, I have developed a passion and desire to reach those whom the church fails to reach most often—the secular, western individual. I have read and written blogs and books on the topic, listened to and preached

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Effect

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Effect

In the previous article, I concluded with the following question, “What happens when a person sees the law of God as a Heart-Beat rather than as a Strong-Arm?” And my answer was, “everything changes”. In this article, I will touch on this by summarising how a “Heart-Beat” understanding of the law of God impacts how we view some of the key tenets of

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 2: The Law

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 2: The Law

When debating the nature of sin, LGT (Last Generation Theology) proponents will often appeal to John’s words “sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) They will also supplement this with Ellen Whites statement that “we are given no other definition of sin in the Bible then that it is the ‘transgression of the law.’”[1] From here, the LGT

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 1: The Spectrum

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 1: The Spectrum

A lot has been written about Last Generation Theology (LGT) recently. George Knight, Reinder Bruinsma, and Andrews University all published books dedicated to exposing and rejecting the tenets of LGT.[1] Many articles have also been written, including Adelina Alexas LGT series here on the Compass Magazine.[2] LGT proponents have since responded wit

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 6: Final Thoughts

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 6: Final Thoughts

“You can tell something isn’t right when all your heroes come in black and white.” — John Mayer In the previous five articles, I have made a simple case for the death and rebirth of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). Its death, I have contended, is not due to a flaw in the doctrine itself but to the way in which it has been constrained t

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 5: Reteaching the Judgment

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 5: Reteaching the Judgment

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” — Victor Frankl   In the previous article, I introduced a possible reframing of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). This reframe provides relevance by interacting with the universal primary idea of suffering through a simple explanatory mechanic that in turn

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 4: Reframing the Judgment

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 4: Reframing the Judgment

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Welcome to the most anticipated article in “The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment” series. Up to this point, we have merely explored the empirical death of the landmark Adv

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 3: What Makes a Thing Matter?

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 3: What Makes a Thing Matter?

In the first article of this series we explored the decaying contemporary milieu of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). In the second installment we dove into Adventism’s collective failure to extrapolate world-changing potential from the doctrine, resulting in its practical, on-the-ground demise. Consequently, the doctrine lacks relevanc