The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 5: The Nature and Timing of the Biblical Atonement

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 5: The Nature and Timing of the Biblical Atonement

In the first article of our series, we quoted an Ellen White statement which contains an essential principle for understanding inspired writings. Describing inspired language, Ellen White declares: Different meanings are expressed by the same word; there is not one word for each distinct idea.[1] When studying the Bible doctrine of atonement, as ar

Why So Much Fuss About the Trinity? Part 5: The Death of the Eternal God

Why So Much Fuss About the Trinity? Part 5: The Death of the Eternal God

In continuation of the last article, we focused more on the eternal life of the Son of God, even the reality of his eternal nature or essence. Not by coincidence, this reality is brought out more in His incarnation, and even more at the cross, than in any other place in Scripture. Though we cannot understand the infinite gravity of what happened on

Reimagining Adventism, 5b: The Trinity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, 5b: The Trinity and Absurdity

If there’s a God, why’d he make me? All of these flaws is all that I see. –Illenium & Call Me Karizma The ontological self-abandonment of God reveals that God is far from the self-interested being many religionists have made him out to be. Instead, God is other-centered. And yet, this very revelation drives us toward an ethereal riddle that tra

A Spiritual Abuse Inventory

A Spiritual Abuse Inventory

In my late teens I joined a conservative Adventist ministry, where over the next decade I experienced—along with many blessings—spiritual, sexual, and psychological abuse. The directors of the ministry held very strict rules about dress, diet, and lifestyle—spoken and unspoken. For instance, the spoken rules required women to wear long dresses at a

Reimagining Adventism, Part 5a: The Trinity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 5a: The Trinity and Absurdity

If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is indeed a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the very Ground of Being and is inherently, objectively, and concretely on our side. - Richard Rohr   In the last few articles, we went on a tour through the doctrine of God, approaching it from the angle of postu