Why So Much Fuss About the Trinity? Part 1: Jesus the ‘Monogenes’

Why So Much Fuss About the Trinity? Part 1: Jesus the ‘Monogenes’

Throughout the centuries, the subject of the divinity of Christ, within the context of Christendom, has been much investigated. Just within the context of Adventism itself, the topic has been a subject of major contemplation. The reason that I have chosen to join the conversation, is not for the purpose of argument, but because of a deeper, more pr

The Adventist Indiana Jones: Hoax or Hope? Part 1

The Adventist Indiana Jones: Hoax or Hope? Part 1

In my previous article, I explained how archaeology doesn’t do a very good job of finding specific proofs of the Biblical record. It focuses more on trends and gives windows into what life was like in the ancient world rather than preserving, with a few exceptions, specific events. Thus, instead of using archaeology as an apologetic tool, we should

How to Stay Adventist on a Non-Adventist Campus pt 2

How to Stay Adventist on a Non-Adventist Campus pt 2

In part 1 of this series, I began by setting the stage for the path God would take me in life. I noted the importance of having a solid foundation in the scriptures coupled with the freedom to explore diversity and question beliefs for myself. While I did not know it at the time, the path of my education would start in institutional Adventism and t

How to Find Healing From Sexual Abuse

How to Find Healing From Sexual Abuse

God created sexuality as an expression of love, to be experienced in lifelong, monogamous partnership between a man and a woman. Within God’s design, the fire of sexuality warms and enlivens us; but outside of that design, the same fire chars and sears. What brings life within boundaries brings death outside of boundaries. Sexuality is either princ

The Forest and the Trees: Why God Doesn’t Define you by your Mistakes

The Forest and the Trees: Why God Doesn’t Define you by your Mistakes

Seeing Things as God Sees Hebrews 11:1 provides the most concise yet comprehensive definition for “faith” in the entire Bible:   Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (NASB).   Over the years, I have heard many alternative definitions. With rare exceptions, none of them contradicted the aforeme

How Did Christ Overcome Temptation?

How Did Christ Overcome Temptation?

Satan Cannot Compel to Sin The tempter thought to take advantage of Christ's humanity, and urge Him to presumption. But while Satan can solicit, he cannot compel to sin. He said to Jesus, “Cast Thyself down,” knowing that he could not cast Him down; for God would interpose to deliver Him. Nor could Satan force Jesus to cast Himself down. Unless Chr

How to Press into the Presence of God

How to Press into the Presence of God

Two snail toys, two pencils, a slinky, assorted Lego pieces, a receipt, a plastic bag, a leaf, two marbles, a plastic toy soldier . . . all these and more I have found today as I sweep the cracks and crevices of my house in my weekly cleaning ritual. Now don’t get me wrong, I do light sweeping several times a week for things I can clearly see, but