No, You Can’t

No, You Can’t

I’ve been reading through Steps to Christ again (for the hundredth time) lately, and last week I noticed a word that kept popping up repeatedly. Intrigued by the thought, I decided to search how many times the word was used in the small book and the context in which it was used. What I discovered was fascinating. And critical. The word is “cannot,”

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Materialism Twists Our Identity

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Materialism Twists Our Identity

Materialism could be defined as “a preoccupation with or tendency to seek after or stress material things rather than intellectual or spiritual things.”[1] We can also define it as “any set of doctrines stressing the primacy of material over spiritual factors in metaphysics, value theory, physiology, epistemology, or historical explanation.”[2] Wit

Would Ellen White Have Saved the Review and Herald?

Would Ellen White Have Saved the Review and Herald?

Three times in the past few months I’ve dreamed that it’s the last day of operations at the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland. I’m there with my coworkers, cleaning out my office, sharing the angst as an institution that has been such a significant part of our lives and of church history closes its doors for good. In

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Over the past 12 months, hundreds of news outlets and blog sites have covered Ryan Bell’s “gut-wrenching decision” to leave behind his faith and embrace atheism. Nothing, however, gives us a glimpse inside Bell’s mind like the article he penned for CNN himself. He writes, I questioned the problem of evils and God's general silence and inactivity. I

Welcome, Jesus!

Welcome, Jesus!

The New Testament opens up with the genealogy of Jesus and a summary of Joseph’s role in the reception of Jesus as Messiah. Presumably, genealogies are some of the least interesting passages in Scripture. Often we give them a cursory read or skip them altogether, yet upon close study they prove to be repositories of rich theological insights. Have