The Power of the Gospel in Marriage

The Power of the Gospel in Marriage

God’s Purpose for Husband and Wife God made from the man a woman, to be a companion and helpmeet for him, to be one with him, to cheer, encourage, and bless him, he in his turn to be her strong helper. All who enter into matrimonial relations with a holy purpose—the husband to obtain the pure affections of a woman's heart, the wife to soften and im

The Book of Esther (Part 7: Shame and Honor)

The Book of Esther (Part 7: Shame and Honor)

A Sleepless Night Providence comes through full force in this episode, and it is only the beginning of the divine power at work in the book of Esther. The night between the banquets, the night before the day when Haman was going to ask for Mordecai’s life and Esther was going to plea for her life, Mordecai’s life, and the lives of all the Jews in t

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 7: Reason, Criticism, and Scripture)

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 7: Reason, Criticism, and Scripture)

Reason and Scripture I have often heard conversations on biblical interpretation that placed reason and Scripture in opposition. Generally, I see this as an attempt to keep at bay the influence of modernist rationalism, which aims to make human reason the final arbiter of knowledge. Rationalism fits best in a deistic religious framework, in which t

Christmas, Chaos, and the Christ

Christmas, Chaos, and the Christ

During this time of the year: Thanksgiving and especially Christmas—“The Holidays”—there are numerous people who feel a deep despairing sense of depression, hopelessness, and helplessness. As a Christian, this is the most opportune time for me to share the Gospel with them. People minds, hearts, and souls have been pounded into submission—marinated

Can We Know That God Accepts Us?

Can We Know That God Accepts Us?

The Helplessness of Man As your conscience has been quickened by the Holy Spirit, you have seen something of the evil of sin, of its power, its guilt, its woe; and you look upon it with abhorrence. You feel that sin has separated you from God, that you are in bondage to the power of evil. The more you struggle to escape, the more you realize your h

Adventism 202, Part 2 Beyond List Theology

Adventism 202, Part 2 Beyond List Theology

In the previous article, we identified a deficiency in the discipleship and reorientation of converts to the Adventist faith, namely a lack of theological growth and maturity in seeing Adventist doctrine as an interconnected whole as opposed to a list of statements. We then began our journey together towards a systematic view of Adventist doctrine

How Many Times Have I Told You?!

How Many Times Have I Told You?!

Introduction During my life, my parents would always tell me: “how many times have I told you...?!” These words would always follow me doing or saying something that I already knew I shouldn’t have done or said. My parents had trained and taught me the correct way, but I was a super knucklehead and didn’t pay attention, thinking I knew better—it ne