Reimagining Adventism, Part 10d: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10d: The Church and Absurdity

The reason most people don't go to church is because they've already been. – Mark Twain Before moving on from the concept and practice of church, there is one more angle I must encroach upon which would be imprudent to ignore. The angle that I speak of is the contemporary overarching motion of the church which, while transcending Adventism itself,

Book Review: Daniel 11 Decoded by Jacques Doukhan

Book Review: Daniel 11 Decoded by Jacques Doukhan

Daniel 11 Decoded is Doukhan’s most recent book on Daniel and, as the title suggests, is an exegetical, historical, and theological analysis of chapter 11. The first five chapters shape the framework of the study in relation to the book of Daniel, relevant major biblical themes, and the contemporary context of interpretation. Thus, in chapter 1 Dou

The Best Gift of Heaven

The Best Gift of Heaven

Supreme love for God and unselfish love for one another—this is the best gift our heavenly Father can bestow. This love is not an impulse, but a divine principle. Only in the heart where Jesus reigns is it found. “We love, because He first loved us.” Love modifies the character, governs the impulses and passions, and ennobles the affections. This l

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10c: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10c: The Church and Absurdity

We must cultivate our garden. – Voltaire   For decades, church leaders have been attempting to unravel the complex reasons why young people leave church. In recent years, the task to understand why the church fails to retain millennials or reach emerging, post-church culture has also amplified. And now, new reports are indicating that unlike o

Book Review: “Saying ‘No’ to God” by Matthew Korpman

Book Review: “Saying ‘No’ to God” by Matthew Korpman

The blessing that God bestowed upon Jacob brings us face to face with the fact that God wants a fight.—Peter Rollins   Matthew J. Korpman’s latest book—Saying No to God: A Radical Approach to Reading the Bible Faithfully—is a compelling and stunning dance between the axiomatic and the uncomfortable. On the one hand, much of what is in the book

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 11: Conflicts Leading to the End

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 11: Conflicts Leading to the End

Daniel 11 is quite possibly the most difficult passage in Scripture. It is a highly symbolic text with many events that we may not be able to fully comprehend. Still, it was given to us and it is necessary to wrestle with it as we can. The passage flows from chapter 10 and continues through the end of the book in chapter 12, consisting primarily of

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 10: Conflict on Earth and Beyond

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 10: Conflict on Earth and Beyond

During the first year of Cyrus (which coincides with the first year of Darius), Daniel remembered the prophecies concerning the end of captivity and prayed for their fulfillment. Gabriel came to Daniel to reassure him and to reveal more truth concerning the work of the Messiah, the ultimate liberator who would redeem humanity by taking sin upon Him

How to Overcome Apocalyptic Paranoia

How to Overcome Apocalyptic Paranoia

Love just seems to make life not just livable, but a galant, galant event. - Toni Morrison   Last Sabbath I took my kids to the beach to watch the sunset. While we were there, I reminded both of them to be careful with the seashells because blue ring octopus - a poisonous species - sometimes hide underneath them. In Australia, the blue ring oc

Report: Adventist Society for Religious Studies, San Diego 2019

Report: Adventist Society for Religious Studies, San Diego 2019

The Adventist Society for Religious Studies (ASRS) is an academic community that aims to provide a context for scholarly dialogue and fellowship. The society has been holding meetings in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) since 1979, first under the name of Andrews Society for Religi

The Church a Backbone for Beautiful Faith

The Church a Backbone for Beautiful Faith

God’s Appointed Agency The church is God's appointed agency for the salvation of men. Its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. Through the church will eventually be made manifest, even to “the principalities and powers in heavenly places,” the final and full display of the love of God (Ephesians 3:10). Many and wonderful are the promises in