Binging on Meaning: Cults, Adventism’s “Fringe”, and Unbelief

Binging on Meaning: Cults, Adventism’s “Fringe”, and Unbelief

Soon after I became a pastor, I started wrestling with the phenomenon of cults: wondering what separates my religion from a cult. I do not mean cult as in a church that diverges from orthodox Christian teachings like the trinity. Nor do I mean merely a new religious movement (value-neutral term of art used in academic religion research instead of c

Reimagining Adventism: Absurdity and the Lord’s Supper, Part 2

Reimagining Adventism: Absurdity and the Lord’s Supper, Part 2

God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing. - Soren Kierkegaard In the previous article, we explored three interconnected themes. The first is that emerging generations find value in the ancient. Therefore, in seeking to connect with contemporary seekers, the church should not be driven by

You Can’t Avoid the Punishment!

You Can’t Avoid the Punishment!

A West Virginia woman faked her death to avoid a potential 10-year prison term — but was found hiding in a closet at home after a massive three-day search. The woman was reported missing Sunday by her husband and teenage son, who said she fell over the main overlook at the New River Gorge National River. It led to a huge, multi-agency search-and-re

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

How can one change oneself? Many people nowadays are uncomfortable and not satisfied with their individualities. As a matter of fact, some seek physical modifications such as facelifts, nose lift, liposuction, etc. Not to mention the cost of each procedure and the pain they are willing to go through just to achieve the desired outcome and to be a b

An Appetite for Life

An Appetite for Life

“Mandy looks like she’s dying,” someone whispered in the next pew. I snapped back from confused thoughts. Glancing at my daughter I sighed and bowed my head. The service was over, but we remained seated as people filed out of church. We had an appointment with our pastor. Perhaps the most important one of our lives. I felt my heart breaking. Mandy’

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 2: Did Jesus Put an End to the Law?

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 2: Did Jesus Put an End to the Law?

“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”[1] This scripture has often been used to try to prove that now that we are under a new covenant the law of God is no longer something that we need to follow. I was watching a debate recently where the 10 Commandments were being discussed, and a Christian man who believed

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 2

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 2

In the previous article, I addressed the biblical basis for the concept of the “Divine Right of Kings,” or the logic that people in positions of authority, such as a king or president, derive their authority from God and not from the people. Thus, kings are God’s “chosen ones” and ought to be respected as such. The two main passages buttressing thi

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 1

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 1

Donald Trump’s relationship with evangelicalism has been fascinating. On the one hand, they’ve formed arguably his largest support base,[1] hailing him as a hero “raised up by God”[2] to combat the “evils” of secularism, homosexuality, PC culture, immigration, and other perceived threats to American Christianity.[3] On the other hand, Christianity’

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

I need you to use your imagination with me today.   But first, let me paint a picture.   Just a few months ago, most of our churches were tracking along as usual. We had lots of events, a big central program every weekend that we put most of our energy into, and our usual Sabbath Schools, prayer meetings, etc.   Then, along came the