“Out of Egypt I Called My Son”: Toward a Theology of Immigration

“Out of Egypt I Called My Son”: Toward a Theology of Immigration

A few days ago, I was struck by a modernized representation of the traditional scene of the flight of the “holy family” to Egypt. The iconographic painter Kelly Latimore, decided to turn Joseph, Mary, and Jesus into a Latino family of immigrants trying to cross the border into the United States at night.[i]   The issue of immigration and refug

Failure Has No Plural

Failure Has No Plural

I don’t think failures exist. I think situations that can be perceived as failures are just life experiences. Let’s take for example a biblical situation where people “pointed fingers” at a person, an attitude that can easily suggest they thought of her as having failed:   10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one c

Dumpster Diving for the Divine?

Dumpster Diving for the Divine?

A woman accidentally threw her wedding rings out with the trash. Colleen Dyckman, from Long Island, New York, USA, accidentally swept her engagement ring and wedding band into the garbage can while cooking for her family at home on Sunday evening. On Monday morning, when the 48-year-old realized what had happened, she chased the garbage truck to th

“Judgments of God?” Revisited: The 2016 US Presidential Election Four Years Later

“Judgments of God?” Revisited: The 2016 US Presidential Election Four Years Later

Earlier this year in the Brazilian Adventist theological journal, Kerygma, I published “A Moral History of the 2016 United States Presidential Election Campaigns” asking whether the elections that elevated Donald Trump to the presidency were “Judgments of God?” on the United States. In it, I compared and evaluated two sources with theologies of his

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 12: The End of Conflict

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 12: The End of Conflict

The Conflict of the End is the End of Conflict. And this end of conflict is a message of hope. Conflicts of any nature, from small household disagreements to nuclear threats across continents are less-than-ideal situations, to say the least, and can amount to serious threats to the value of human existence. No one likes conflict. But conflict doesn

“Let My People Go!” Adventism and the Tyranny of the Church Building

“Let My People Go!” Adventism and the Tyranny of the Church Building

The church building has over the years evolved to become an important part of religious practice. This has been the place where rituals, sermons, communion, funeral services, matrimonial services, prayer, religious music, baptism, and various aspects of religion find their expression. As a liturgical church, Adventists have a special relationship w

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 5: Jesus Rules Over Death

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 5: Jesus Rules Over Death

Dealing with Death “But I do not want you to be ignorant brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.”[1] For most people, death is not an easy thing to swallow. And for good reason, because we were not created to die. God created humanity with the intent that we would always live life to the fulles

Hymnal Hope: Songs that Saved My Life

Hymnal Hope: Songs that Saved My Life

Kata lweny ger chutho; kata kuyo thoth             Though severe the conflict and the anguish deep, Kata temruok duon’g machiengni hingoi              Though the trials heavy that may o’er you sweep, Ruoth ni buti pile nomiyi teko                                   God is always with you, giving strength to bear Mar loyo temruok duto mabironi.      

Christian Mentoring 101

Christian Mentoring 101

Mentoring in Christianity—specifically in Christian ministry leadership—is important because your mentees may be gifted by God, but they are inexperienced in life and ministry and need your help in hearing and interpreting God’s voice, His call, and His will, and effectively living the Christian life, to have them mature—not just as a leader, but—a

Reimagining Adventism: The Lords Supper and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: The Lords Supper and Absurdity, Part 3

The greatest among you will be your servant. - Jesus   In the previous two articles, we explored the ritual of the Lord's Supper with a focus on transplanting its timeless themes to the present age. The conclusion of this journey was a simple reclaiming of the biblical communion expression—an expression rooted in Hebraic materiality which cele