Reimagining Adventism, Part 11b: The Remnant and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 11b: The Remnant and Absurdity

In the previous article, I introduced three concepts that have helped me reformulate my approach to remnant theology without settling for the historic sectarian approach nor our modern reactionary “just get rid of the whole thing” trend. Those three ideas I referred to as the,   Axiomatic Permanence and Ethereal Essence of Ideas Necessary Cohe

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 1 – Do Sinners Have Rights?

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 1 – Do Sinners Have Rights?

Religious liberty has become a popular phrase and cause celebre in America’s political culture just now. For Seventh-day Adventists, whose connection to this topic has deep roots in our history and theology, any interest in religious liberty and its attendant issues is a welcome development.   But as with any spiritual subject, Seventh-day Adv

Secrets to Living your Best Life

Secrets to Living your Best Life

The Work and Life of Jesus In order to save man, Jesus laid aside his honor as commander in heaven, left the world of glory, and came to earth to live as a man among men. He might have appeared with all the display of royalty, attended by ten thousand times ten thousand of his ministering angels. But he humbled himself, not only to take our nature,

The Life of Christ—An Example for Us

The Life of Christ—An Example for Us

The Early Years of Christ The first thirty years of the life of Christ were passed in the obscure village of Nazareth. The inhabitants of this village were proverbial for their wickedness, hence the inquiry of Nathanael: “Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?” The evangelists say but very little in regard to the early life of Christ. With

Book Review: Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity

Book Review: Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity

Calvin B. Rock structures his book in three parts: The Protest Movements, The Challenge Ahead, and Appendices.   The first part discusses four phases of the push towards racial parity in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: social and administrative participation (1889—1928), the creation of colored conferences (1929—1944), the creation of black

Reimagining Adventism, Part 11a: The Remnant and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 11a: The Remnant and Absurdity

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death. — John F. Kennedy   In the previous article, we closed off by moving from the concept of church to the concept of the remnant. During that transition, I took for granted the acceptability of a theological construct like the remnant. However, the

Book Review: Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement by Samuel London, Jr.

Book Review: Seventh-day Adventists and the Civil Rights Movement by Samuel London, Jr.

Samuel London’s book is a historical analysis of the Adventist church’s stance towards social activism and the resulting effects of both decentralized attempts at promoting civil rights for African-Americans and the general tendency to refuse involvement in social justice.   The first part documents the “Origins and Development of Nonparticipa