Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 2)

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 2)

I was 15 when I was introduced to Adventism. The sweetness of finding Jesus and learning about the wonderful, liberating truths to which I was once oblivious are two things I will never forget. What caught me with striking surprise was the reality that I could partner with the God of the universe on amazing missions of mercy, and in the building up

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

What is the relevance of all of the above for Seventh-day Adventists? There are several possible ways of answering this question. Foremost among such responses is that American Adventists and Catholics closely share an important corporate identity marker that is somewhat unusual in the religious world for large ecclesiastically united religious gro

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 1)

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 1)

Sincerely Stirred What stirs you? I wish I could ask you this question in person. There must be something. I know I get stirred about many things, but near the top of my list is when I see someone treated unfairly. Anger builds, and it’s difficult for me to stay silent – even if it’s prudent to do so! Just like you and I, Bible characters would get

Matthew 3: Know Your Enemy

Matthew 3: Know Your Enemy

When John the Baptist first began to proclaim the arrival of the Messiah, his message fell on receptive ears. The Jewish people were eagerly awaiting His coming, and earnestly anticipating His work and ministry. At the turn of the millennium, the Jews found themselves in a state of constant anger and unrest, buckling under the weight of Roman oppre

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 1)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 1)

There is a unique relationship between religion and politics in America with significant implications for the corporate identity of Seventh-day Adventism that continually places us at risk of becoming “entangled” in the web of socio-political ideologies. Why does an individual identify with, and maintain membership in, a particular Christian (or ot

God the Husband: A Parable on Jeremiah 3

God the Husband: A Parable on Jeremiah 3

The man is haggard, dark circles under his bloodshot eyes; he has been crying. He is not sure when his wife last slept next to him. He has not slept much in her absence . . .   The following is a parable based on Jeremiah 3. But first, a brief introduction. Each time I read Jeremiah 3, I see the image in my mind of a distraught, rejected husba

Caring for Our Earthly Home

Caring for Our Earthly Home

Living in a technology-focused era, our daily connection with the earth has dwindled. These days, we spend far more time indoors than outdoors, becoming attached to indoor fulfillments. In the world today, we are faced with many environmental issues and problems. Some of these include natural resources provided by the environment to provide food fo