Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

I need you to use your imagination with me today.   But first, let me paint a picture.   Just a few months ago, most of our churches were tracking along as usual. We had lots of events, a big central program every weekend that we put most of our energy into, and our usual Sabbath Schools, prayer meetings, etc.   Then, along came the

Reimagining Adventism: Baptism and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: Baptism and Absurdity, Part 3

Every institution that we trust lies to us. - Dave Chapelle In the previous article, we touched on the nature of inclusivity and exclusivity in the church. We saw that the church can be passively exclusive while imagining itself actively inclusive by nurturing structures, cultures, and systems that are designed for one kind of demographic. In Adven

On the Question of Gay Identity and Christian Sexual Ethics

On the Question of Gay Identity and Christian Sexual Ethics

On the question of gay identity and Christian sexual ethics, I start with a bare-bones theology of group identity drawn from Acts 17:26–27. In his discourse at the Areopagus, Paul briefly laid out how the Athenians have already groped toward a knowledge of God. It is because God arranges history so that, through the formation and shifting of group

Avoiding Pandemic Extremes

Avoiding Pandemic Extremes

Covid-19 Reactions With the global reaction to the Coronavirus thousands are thinking more about the end times now than they ever have in their lives. Country living is a hot topic now that people have witnessed the horrors of being on lockdown in some of the most famous cities in the world. Job loss, food shortages, and lack of resources due to wi

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13b: Baptism and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13b: Baptism and Absurdity

There can be no great love without exclusivity. - Carol Grace   In the previous article, we explored how an experiential approach to baptism—one that emphasizes its romantic and metamorphic roots—is necessary for the secular man’s discipleship journey. The one-dimensional approach that often suffices for those who are brought up in church must

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