Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

Did He Who Made the Lamb Make Thee?

“The Tyger,” quoted above, is a stunning and sublime work of poetry by the English romantic painter, poet, and printmaker William Blake. But beyond its beauty, it probes into one of the most troubling existential questions of life: the dual presence of beauty and horror, pleasure and pain, happiness and misery, goodness and viciousness. Though the

Local Healing for a Global Church

Local Healing for a Global Church

A few days ago our nation remembered a grim day in its history. On Sunday, March 7, thousands from across the nation gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate a Sunday 50 years earlier, one that would become known as “Bloody Sunday.” The events of that fateful day when police attacked hundreds of peaceful activists marching across the Edmund Pettu

News Commentary: Adventists and Vaccines

News Commentary: Adventists and Vaccines

Vaccines have been in the news more than usual, thanks in part to the recent Disneyland measles outbreak, in which one person with the highly contagious disease started a chain that has sickened 142 people so far. The incident has brought widely divergent viewpoints over vaccination into the spotlight. Though the vast majority of Americans vaccinat

Separate Conferences and a Lesson from Rwanda

Separate Conferences and a Lesson from Rwanda

In the space of 100 days, more than a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu died during the bloody Rwandan genocide of 1994. In the aftermath of such horrors, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rwanda faced the daunting task of helping church members forgive and reconcile with the killers, some of whom were church leaders. Was the church going to elect

Skeletons from the Past

Skeletons from the Past

Seventh-day Adventism in visible origin is a white, Anglo church. We see this by looking at its founders and early leaders. However, the theological foundation upon which the church was built is anything but Anglo; truth by nature is culturally blind. As this truth spread across cultural boundaries, the diversity of its believers increased. In resp

Distracted, Anxious, and Alone

Distracted, Anxious, and Alone

Luke 12:38-42 is a story about “a woman named Martha.” In only four verses she is mentioned by name four times, receives Jesus into her home, and engages Jesus in a dialogue. Mary, her sister, is a mute character whose role in the story is that of a foil. We could say that Martha is the main character, Jesus is a prominent secondary character, and

The Most Boring Testimony

The Most Boring Testimony

As a teenager I felt uneasy that many of our prominent Adventist evangelists were converts to the faith. Doug Batchelor, Louis Torres, John Bradshaw, and David Asscherick grew up anything but Christian. As young adults they were deep in the world when God dramatically arrested their attention. Their colorful conversion stories are told and retold t