A Second Look at the Church and Social Justice: A Response to Tim Jennings

A Second Look at the Church and Social Justice: A Response to Tim Jennings

I know Tim Jennings as a Christian psychiatrist who came and spoke at a church I pastored a couple of years ago and I enjoyed his presentations. However, Jennings has recently written an article warning Christians to "Beware of the Social Justice Trap" I actually agree with many of the things he said and I encourage you to read it, but I would defi

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

We were having devotions one beautiful evening. We rehearsed a Bible reading that talked about God’s mercy. I can’t quite place my finger on the exact verse but before we could finish, we were all jolted by a loud "No! God is not merciful". We quickly established that it was my 8-year-old boy, Hiram Edson. He continued to rage, saying that if God w

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13a: Baptism and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13a: Baptism and Absurdity

We have in Christ what we have lost in Adam. - John Calvin   Baptism is one of the most remarkable and profound rituals of church life. It emerges in scripture as part of the nexus of sin, salvation, and the new humanity birthed in the second Adam. Properly understood, its themes maneuver like tendrils through the Old Testament narrative, full

Pests

Pests

Last summer, one of my interns brought me a squash leaf that obviously did not appear like it was in good shape. Instead of its normal green, lush fullness, this leaf was brown, brittle, and crumbly. My intern was perplexed because the squash plants in the garden had looked perfectly fine just two days before, but now, a large percentage of them lo

This Too Shall Pass: An Encouraging Word to Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic

This Too Shall Pass: An Encouraging Word to Students During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Hello, my precious students! I woke up this morning thinking about Y’all. It seems that every institution, every business, every organization has sent out a statement regarding the Coronavirus. Being one that has many thoughts and opinions and rarely wastes an opportunity to share them with anyone that will listen (😉), I thought I would wri