Returning to God

Returning to God

As the manager of a Christian charity shop, I often have conversations about faith that people who meet me soon start. They usually try to make a connection by telling of someone they have known in their family or friends who had a connection to faith, church, and belief. Often it is of a life of dedication and service or a life turned around that

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

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,

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

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

A Woman Named Jael

A Woman Named Jael

Who is the Deliverer?   One of the fabulous things about the Bible is the varied genres it contains. The story of Deborah and Barak, Jael and Sisera, is told twice: once in narrative prose (Judges 4), and again in poetry (Judges 5). Following the death of Ehud, Israel fell into the hands of Jabin, king of Hazor. Judges 4 emphasizes that it was