Caught Up in the Rapture: How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen

Caught Up in the Rapture: How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen

Here we go again. Just when we thought the Left Behind series had finally been…well…left behind, we are greeted with a remake of the movie version. Did we need a remake? For fans of the novels, probably—the first movies were abysmal. For popular preachers seeking converts, definitely. Rapture theology has become as effective as hell in terms of exc

How to Engage Engineers in Ministry: Do’s and Don’ts

How to Engage Engineers in Ministry: Do’s and Don’ts

In an ideal church, all whose hearts have been touched by God’s love will volunteer and dedicate themselves to serve God and His people, no matter how big or petty, difficult or easy the tasks are. But most churches operate by the 10-90 rule, where 10 percent of the people do 90 percent of the work. The other 90 percent may be viewed as dead weight

Are You Peculiar? From Homosexuality to Holiness

Are You Peculiar? From Homosexuality to Holiness

Do Christians have the easy road? Some seem to think that because they believe in God, life will be smooth sailing. Actually, those choosing to live according to God’s perfect plan will face many trials and perplexities here on earth. The Christian way will not be popular or free from challenges. However, we have not known a time in earth’s recent

Theologians and Scientists Present the Case for Creation at Adventist Faith and Science Conference

Theologians and Scientists Present the Case for Creation at Adventist Faith and Science Conference

Sunday, August 24, 2014, concluded the 10-day International Conference on the Bible and Science: Affirming Creation, held primarily in Saint George, Utah. The conference brought together approximately 400 attendees from all 13 divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and more than 35 presenters from the fields of religion, biology, paleontolog

Participants Reflect on the Faith and Science Conference

Participants Reflect on the Faith and Science Conference

A few participants at the International Conference on the Bible and Science shared their impressions with the readers of The Compass Magazine as answers to the questions below or in free form. We extend them another “thank you” for taking the time to share their reflections with us. Please summarize in a couple sentences your overall impression of

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 1)

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 1)

The Greek philosopher Socrates was known as the gadfly of the state because he attempted to “sting” his Athenian contemporaries into consideration of the justice and rightness of their actions. In his book Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ, Peter Kreeft addresses the gadfly phenomenon by exploring Je

The Change Without Change

The Change Without Change

How do we learn how to follow Jesus, and persuade others to do likewise? This is not as easy a question to answer as we might suppose. Let’s look at the story of the brothers Charles and John Wesley, as told by Ellen White, to see why. White observed that “[Charles] Wesley and his associates were led to see that true religion is seated in the heart

The Issue We Don’t Talk About

The Issue We Don’t Talk About

I’ve been an Adventist all my life, but I don’t recall ever attending a seminar or hearing a sermon on this topic. I’ve read a few articles about it, and it was addressed in a college ethics class, but it’s not something I hear Adventists talking about individually or publicly. Yet it has been one of the hottest topics in American Christianity for