Proof-texts in Context, Part 10: Christian Behavior

Proof-texts in Context, Part 10: Christian Behavior

The tenth installment of our Proof-texts in Context series will focus on SDA Fundamental #22—Christian Behavior. For those who would like a more detailed synopsis of why we are publishing this series, please refer to the introduction to the first installment. Without further ado, let’s proceed to our study. Exodus 20:4–5—“You shall not make for you

Is God Okay with Genocide? Part 3

Is God Okay with Genocide? Part 3

Initially, the discussion on genocide in the Joshua campaign was limited to a two-part series. I wrote my contextualizing piece, trying to place the story in its own context and left it at that. Typically, I find that satisfactory. After all, I am an exegete, not a theologian in the classical sense. My job is to understand what the text meant and I

Proof-texts in Context, Part 9: Stewardship

Proof-texts in Context, Part 9: Stewardship

The ninth installment of our Proof-texts in Context series will focus on SDA Fundamental #21—Stewardship. For those who would like a more detailed synopsis of why we are publishing this series, please refer to the introduction to the first installment. Without further ado, let’s proceed to our study. Genesis 2:15—“Then the Lord God took the man and

Reimagining Adventism, Part 2: Truth and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 2: Truth and Absurdity

“Fundamentalists live life with an exclamation point. I prefer to live my life with a question mark.” — Amos Oz   The state of absurdity (the tension between meaninglessness and meaning) is a very real experience that must be understood and appreciated by Adventists if we wish to develop a meaningful approach to evangelism in the secular spher

Proof-texts in Context, Part 8: Unity

Proof-texts in Context, Part 8: Unity

The eighth installment of our Proof-texts in Context series will focus on SDA Fundamental #14—Unity in the Body of Christ. It’s not much of a stretch to say that, considering the current tensions and conflicts in our church, this topic is of herculean magnitude, more so now than in any other generation. For those who would like a more detailed syno

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 2: Sleepless Nights

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 2: Sleepless Nights

[i] Daniel and his friends have just completed three years of education when a dramatic event shook Babylon. The king had some strange dreams and demanded their interpretation from the Chaldeans on pain of death. The threatened group included the four young Hebrews. Imagine just graduating from a school and entering a field of work under a boss who

Reimagining Adventism, Part 1: Adventism and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 1: Adventism and Absurdity

“Meaningless! Meaningless! ... Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” - The Preacher, Ecclesiastes 1:2 NIV   Through the years, I have developed a passion and desire to reach those whom the church fails to reach most often—the secular, western individual. I have read and written blogs and books on the topic, listened to and preached

Why So Much Fuss About the Trinity, Part 4: Jesus the Prayer & Praise Receiving God

Why So Much Fuss About the Trinity, Part 4: Jesus the Prayer & Praise Receiving God

In light of our last study, covering the reality of Jesus’ self-existence, we will now look at what that means, as it concerns how we should relate to Him. If indeed Jesus is Jehovah [Yahweh], this reveals clearly, why He would be worshipped throughout the entire Bible. This is significant, the reason being that if Jesus is anything but God, in the