Book Review: 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism

Book Review: 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism

I read this book in one breath. Not only because it is relatively short and well written, but because it is filled with historical research that helps contextualize a major challenge of our church: biblical interpretation. If you think our hermeneutical struggles are recent, you may be surprised to discover that some core dissensions go at least on

The New Year: Unto the Least of These

The New Year: Unto the Least of These

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Philippians

The Light of a Dark World

The Light of a Dark World

The Lord Jesus Christ came to our world as a helpless babe. He was born in Bethlehem, and the angel announced to the shepherds as they watched over their flocks by night, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shal

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9a: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9a: The Gospel and Absurdity

I worry we, like Pontus Pilate, are too quick to wash our hands. – Dorena Williamson In his article, “Isn’t it Time for a New Mission Story?” activist and author Craig Greenfield makes a startling observation about missionary work among Buddhist cultures. “[U]nder Buddhism”, Craig asserts, “for a god to ‘love the world’ would be shameful and strang

Christmas: Should We Observe it?

Christmas: Should We Observe it?

Christmas as a Holiday “Christmas is coming,” is the note that is sounded throughout our world from east to west and from north to south. With youth, those of mature age, and even the aged, it is a period of general rejoicing, of great gladness. But what is Christmas, that it should demand so much attention? ... The twenty-fifth of December is supp

Plot Twist: Our Adventist-Imported Paganism

Plot Twist: Our Adventist-Imported Paganism

As I serve in ministry and especially when the holidays approach, I’m often surprised by the number of articles and advocates I come across on any number of topics associating certain beliefs and practices with paganism. Reference to paganism is often used as a primary argument against the practice of everything from Christmas, to wearing jewelry,

Why Desmond Ford was Wrong About the Sanctuary, Part 3

Why Desmond Ford was Wrong About the Sanctuary, Part 3

The gospel according to Holy Scripture is not the gospel according to evangelical Christianity.  The latter so-called “gospel,” by which key Adventist doctrines are being faulted and condemned, is not found in the Bible.  The true gospel of Scripture is fully and completely in harmony with the Biblical doctrine of Christ’s ministry in the heavenly

Reimagining Adventism, Part 8b: The Great Controversy and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 8b: The Great Controversy and Absurdity

Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas   The contemporary way of life is no longer sustainable. If something doesn’t happen—and fast—humanity will go extinct. Thankfully, a solution has emerged due to a remarkable technological and scientific discovery. The solution is collectively know

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 7: Unveiling the Future

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 7: Unveiling the Future

Daniel’s Vision Daniel 7 takes us back to the time of Belshazzar, the last king of the Babylonian Empire. During the first year of his reign, Daniel had a dream and visions (7:1). These he wrote down for the posterity, along with an interpretation. They are prophecies given by God to His people, and His people include you and me. As you will see, t

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 6: Politics, Promotions, and the Power of Prayer

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 6: Politics, Promotions, and the Power of Prayer

A Foreigner on Track for Promotion God’s patience towards sinners is enduring, but when judgment is determined, nothing can thwart His purpose. The judgment of Belshazzar described in Daniel 5 providentially coincided with Darius’ conquest of Babylon. The overturning of the mighty kingdom recalls Daniel’s prophecy about a second kingdom: Medo-Persi