An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 7: Reason, Criticism, and Scripture)

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 7: Reason, Criticism, and Scripture)

Reason and Scripture I have often heard conversations on biblical interpretation that placed reason and Scripture in opposition. Generally, I see this as an attempt to keep at bay the influence of modernist rationalism, which aims to make human reason the final arbiter of knowledge. Rationalism fits best in a deistic religious framework, in which t

Christmas, Chaos, and the Christ

Christmas, Chaos, and the Christ

During this time of the year: Thanksgiving and especially Christmas—“The Holidays”—there are numerous people who feel a deep despairing sense of depression, hopelessness, and helplessness. As a Christian, this is the most opportune time for me to share the Gospel with them. People minds, hearts, and souls have been pounded into submission—marinated

Can We Know That God Accepts Us?

Can We Know That God Accepts Us?

The Helplessness of Man As your conscience has been quickened by the Holy Spirit, you have seen something of the evil of sin, of its power, its guilt, its woe; and you look upon it with abhorrence. You feel that sin has separated you from God, that you are in bondage to the power of evil. The more you struggle to escape, the more you realize your h

Adventism 202, Part 2 Beyond List Theology

Adventism 202, Part 2 Beyond List Theology

In the previous article, we identified a deficiency in the discipleship and reorientation of converts to the Adventist faith, namely a lack of theological growth and maturity in seeing Adventist doctrine as an interconnected whole as opposed to a list of statements. We then began our journey together towards a systematic view of Adventist doctrine