Skeletons from the Past

Skeletons from the Past

Seventh-day Adventism in visible origin is a white, Anglo church. We see this by looking at its founders and early leaders. However, the theological foundation upon which the church was built is anything but Anglo; truth by nature is culturally blind. As this truth spread across cultural boundaries, the diversity of its believers increased. In resp

Distracted, Anxious, and Alone

Distracted, Anxious, and Alone

Luke 12:38-42 is a story about “a woman named Martha.” In only four verses she is mentioned by name four times, receives Jesus into her home, and engages Jesus in a dialogue. Mary, her sister, is a mute character whose role in the story is that of a foil. We could say that Martha is the main character, Jesus is a prominent secondary character, and

The Most Boring Testimony

The Most Boring Testimony

As a teenager I felt uneasy that many of our prominent Adventist evangelists were converts to the faith. Doug Batchelor, Louis Torres, John Bradshaw, and David Asscherick grew up anything but Christian. As young adults they were deep in the world when God dramatically arrested their attention. Their colorful conversion stories are told and retold t

. . . Not As I Do

. . . Not As I Do

On April 10, 1944, The General Conference Committee held its Spring Meeting in the convention room of the Hotel Stevens in Chicago, IL. Gathered along with the committee were the North American Division’s local conference presidents, union treasurers and auditors, college presidents, and "colored representatives who were members of a large committe

No, You Can’t

No, You Can’t

I’ve been reading through Steps to Christ again (for the hundredth time) lately, and last week I noticed a word that kept popping up repeatedly. Intrigued by the thought, I decided to search how many times the word was used in the small book and the context in which it was used. What I discovered was fascinating. And critical. The word is “cannot,”

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Materialism Twists Our Identity

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Materialism Twists Our Identity

Materialism could be defined as “a preoccupation with or tendency to seek after or stress material things rather than intellectual or spiritual things.”[1] We can also define it as “any set of doctrines stressing the primacy of material over spiritual factors in metaphysics, value theory, physiology, epistemology, or historical explanation.”[2] Wit

Would Ellen White Have Saved the Review and Herald?

Would Ellen White Have Saved the Review and Herald?

Three times in the past few months I’ve dreamed that it’s the last day of operations at the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland. I’m there with my coworkers, cleaning out my office, sharing the angst as an institution that has been such a significant part of our lives and of church history closes its doors for good. In

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Over the past 12 months, hundreds of news outlets and blog sites have covered Ryan Bell’s “gut-wrenching decision” to leave behind his faith and embrace atheism. Nothing, however, gives us a glimpse inside Bell’s mind like the article he penned for CNN himself. He writes, I questioned the problem of evils and God's general silence and inactivity. I