Last Generation Theology, Part 9: Biblical Perspectives: The Investigative Judgment

Last Generation Theology, Part 9: Biblical Perspectives: The Investigative Judgment

Why is Jesus Returning?[i] The second coming of Christ is an event many Christians look forward to but it is important to understand what it entails and what it does not. So, why is Jesus returning to earth? In short, to reward each human being according to their choices (Matt. 16:27). Christ’s return is not a time of deciding who is saved; it is t

Last Generation Theology, Part 8: Biblical Perspectives: Sanctification

Last Generation Theology, Part 8: Biblical Perspectives: Sanctification

In the previous article on Justification (link to article 7 on Justification) we have seen that the predominant view among the reformers was that justification is a legal declaration of imputed righteousness. Human beings can never achieve salvation through their own merits, but by accepting Christ’s substitutionary death they can be accounted righ

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 5: Reteaching the Judgment

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 5: Reteaching the Judgment

“Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.” — Victor Frankl   In the previous article, I introduced a possible reframing of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). This reframe provides relevance by interacting with the universal primary idea of suffering through a simple explanatory mechanic that in turn

The Lineage Journey

The Lineage Journey

“No way!” thought Samppa Muchenagumbo, an 11-year old Adventist student at St. Thomas Moore Catholic School in Blaydon, England. It was an ordinary day that changed when his Religious Education teacher announced that the class would watch a short video. The teacher, himself an atheist, wanted his pupils to use the ideas in the video to expand their

Adventism 202: How to Pick the Right Bible for Yourself

Adventism 202: How to Pick the Right Bible for Yourself

Recap For a series of this length, it is good to periodically include a recap or two. We’ve covered a lot of material so far and below is a brief synopsis. In part one of the series, we covered the importance of theology and why it is absolutely crucial to move away from simply professing belief in a list of doctrines to actually see the interconne

Last Generation Theology, Part 7: Biblical Perspectives: Justification

Last Generation Theology, Part 7: Biblical Perspectives: Justification

Justification is one of the most important terms in the Bible and one of the most significant aspects of salvation. It is also a concept whose meaning has been subject to ongoing debates in Christianity and Adventism. The main question could be summarized thus: is justification a declaration of the imputed righteousness of Christ, or is does it als

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 4: Reframing the Judgment

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 4: Reframing the Judgment

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Welcome to the most anticipated article in “The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment” series. Up to this point, we have merely explored the empirical death of the landmark Adv

Proof-Text in Context, Part 1: The Godhead

Proof-Text in Context, Part 1: The Godhead

The term “proof-texting” receives derisive stares and sardonic snickers more often than not. We can’t be too surprised. A search for the term’s meaning will more readily spit out results that reflect a negative lean than a neutral stance. For instance, Wikipedia, likely the most used and dependable[clears throat] source of information in cyberspace

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 5: When the Prophetic Message Touches Our Pocket Books

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 5: When the Prophetic Message Touches Our Pocket Books

Most notions of social justice in the world today carry some enunciation of a call for economic equality, stability, and propriety. What demarcates the biblical notion of social justice from non-biblical views is its association with the prophetic word, the foundational importance of God’s revealed will (ethics), and the recognition of our fallen h