Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 4 – Religious Liberty and the Final Conflict

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 4 – Religious Liberty and the Final Conflict

The Bible is clear, as Seventh-day Adventists have known since the start of our movement, that religious liberty lies at the heart of the final battle which will close the great controversy between Christ and Satan.  The book of Revelation depicts that conflict as a choice between the faith and practices of two women (Rev. 12,17), symbolizing respe

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 3 – The Secular Onslaught: Myth and Reality

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 3 – The Secular Onslaught: Myth and Reality

The notion of an America besieged by secularism has been around for some time. Despite the fact that even the most recent studies show at least 77 percent of Americans identifying with a particular religious faith[1], with the number claiming to believe in God slipping a scant 3 percent between 2007 and 2014—from 92 to 89 percent[2]—many religious

Life in Flux: Coping with Pandemic Change

Life in Flux: Coping with Pandemic Change

Life is movement. It is change. It is flux. To move is to exist. So, change is part of the fabric of existence. But change comes in countless degrees, from barely noticeable to shockingly fast. On the latter end of the spectrum, we’ve all experienced times when we had too much going on at once. Often, this overwhelming feeling is correlated to the

Why, When, and How to Close Church During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Why, When, and How to Close Church During the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the COVID-19 pandemic the world is facing a public health crisis the likes of which we haven’t experienced in over half-a-century. Churches are being urged to take preventative measures up to closing their doors in order to do their part to “slow the curve.” (If you don’t understand that expression, some of what follows will not make sense if yo

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 2 – The Ten Commandments and Civil-Government

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 2 – The Ten Commandments and Civil-Government

A central argument in current discussions on religious liberty and the separation of church and state concerns the two tables of the Ten Commandment law—the first, of course, addressing humanity’s duty to God, the second addressing our duty to each other.  There are those who insist that while non-theocratic civil government has no right to legisla

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 1 – Do Sinners Have Rights?

Religious Liberty and Contemporary Trends Series, Part 1 – Do Sinners Have Rights?

Religious liberty has become a popular phrase and cause celebre in America’s political culture just now. For Seventh-day Adventists, whose connection to this topic has deep roots in our history and theology, any interest in religious liberty and its attendant issues is a welcome development.   But as with any spiritual subject, Seventh-day Adv

Book Review: Daniel 11 Decoded by Jacques Doukhan

Book Review: Daniel 11 Decoded by Jacques Doukhan

Daniel 11 Decoded is Doukhan’s most recent book on Daniel and, as the title suggests, is an exegetical, historical, and theological analysis of chapter 11. The first five chapters shape the framework of the study in relation to the book of Daniel, relevant major biblical themes, and the contemporary context of interpretation. Thus, in chapter 1 Dou

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

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus and the #MeToo Movement

October 18, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Jesus and the #MeToo Movement

  The first breakout session of the Jesus & Politics conference had an option entitled Jesus and the #MeToo Movement. The section was moderated by Melissa Ponce-Rodas (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Andrews University). Joining her on the panel were Jennifer Jill Schwirzer (Life Coach, Abide Counseling), Erica Jones (Assistant Director