The Change Without Change

The Change Without Change

How do we learn how to follow Jesus, and persuade others to do likewise? This is not as easy a question to answer as we might suppose. Let’s look at the story of the brothers Charles and John Wesley, as told by Ellen White, to see why. White observed that “[Charles] Wesley and his associates were led to see that true religion is seated in the heart

The Issue We Don’t Talk About

The Issue We Don’t Talk About

I’ve been an Adventist all my life, but I don’t recall ever attending a seminar or hearing a sermon on this topic. I’ve read a few articles about it, and it was addressed in a college ethics class, but it’s not something I hear Adventists talking about individually or publicly. Yet it has been one of the hottest topics in American Christianity for

We Need Head, Not Only Heart, Knowledge

We Need Head, Not Only Heart, Knowledge

Zeitgeist: A typically compound German word that conveys something that is more cumbersomely articulated in English—“the spirit of the time.” All of us are, to some extent at least, influenced by the thinking patterns of the times in which we live—either by being unconsciously swept up into them, or by reacting against them. It is always striking t

A Blessing to Claim: Another Look at “Doubting Thomas”

A Blessing to Claim: Another Look at “Doubting Thomas”

It was the evening of the Resurrection Sunday. The apostles, fearing the Jews, had locked themselves up in a room (John 20:19a). They had good reasons to be afraid. Not only had their leader been crucified a couple days before; earlier that Sunday His body had gone missing and they were accused of stealing it (Matthew 28:11-15). So the disciples st

Biblical Earmarks: Learning from Scripture How to Meditate

Biblical Earmarks: Learning from Scripture How to Meditate

The English word “meditate” comes from the Latin meditari, which connotes deep, continued reflection. It involves the narrowing of consciousness to a single theme, symbol, or doctrine, as well as thinking deeply about a particular religious subject.1 Some Distinctions Meditation as practiced in eastern traditions is distinct from the biblical notio