Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

Should We Always Obey Our Political Leaders?

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” (Romans 13:1) This text by Paul is one of the most contentious in all history. It has been used by court jesters and regime apologists to justify unconditional obedience to government and government policies. At the height o

Understanding Ellen White’s Theology: Perfection and Obedience

Understanding Ellen White’s Theology: Perfection and Obedience

You can’t get very far into Ellen White without coming across a statement on perfection or obedience. To some people (including myself in the past) these statements can be troubling because they can seem very legalistic. Here are a few such statements: “But very few of the Christian world are following their Master in a course of humble obedience,

A. G. Daniells: The Administrative Extraordinaire

A. G. Daniells: The Administrative Extraordinaire

Mr. President Arthur Grosvenor Daniells was the longest-serving president the Adventist church has ever had. During his 21 years of presidency, he led the church through the reorganization of 1901 and 1903, the Kellogg crisis in the early 1900s, the first World War, and the famous 1919 Bible conference. Daniells was also the first General Conferenc

S. N. Haskell: The Self-Made Man

S. N. Haskell: The Self-Made Man

A Man of Many Talents Stephen Nelson Haskell accomplished a great deal in his life without any formal education. He was forced from a young age to improvise when it came to job opportunities to get by in life. For over 50 years that adaptability benefited him as he served the Seventh-day Adventist church. Haskell was a Bible worker, president of mu

Reimagining Adventism: The Gift of Prophecy, Part 2

Reimagining Adventism: The Gift of Prophecy, Part 2

“As long as the Matrix exists, the human race will never be free.” - Morpheus In the year 1999, the most influential action movie of the generation—groundbreaking and innovative in its special effects and cinematography—hit the big screen and the world of film was never the same. From that point forward, movie history could be divided into two chap

W. W. Prescott: The Educational Reformer

W. W. Prescott: The Educational Reformer

A Highly Educated Gentleman William Warren Prescott was one of the most highly educated Seventh-day Adventists of his generation. He had the privilege of going to an ivy-league school and used that training to serve the denomination effectively in various roles for over 50 years. From the 1880s to the 1930s, Prescott was a key player in almost ever

A. T. Jones: Defender of Religious Liberty

A. T. Jones: Defender of Religious Liberty

The Pentecostal Preacher Alonzo Trevier Jones is known as one of the most powerful preachers ever to grace an Adventist pulpit. His charismatic style made him probably the most influential figure in American Adventism during the 1890s. The Sunday laws passed in the U. S. in the 1880s and 90s also called forth his best efforts to uphold religious li