We Are All Refugees

We Are All Refugees

She is a daughter of a Lutheran pastor whose style of leadership has led some to call her “The Indispensable European.”  In recent months, her open-door migrant policy renewed hope and faith in the goodness of humanity in certain parts of the world. Unfortunately, this same policy has caused so much backlash in her country and Europe that many wond

Pope Francis’s Growing Global Influence

Pope Francis’s Growing Global Influence

Today, Sept. 24, 2015, will go down in the annals of history as the day the tide shifted. Never in the history of the Republic has a pope or any other religious leader addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In his approximately 50-minute speech, Pope Francis moved many members of Congress to tears as he invoked the need to listen to the “v

Refugees and the Search for Security

Refugees and the Search for Security

Syrian refugees, the capsizing boats of immigrants, and the U.S. immigration policy toward those fleeing their countries in search of better lives have been heated topics in recent news headlines. While countries like Germany briefly opened their borders, the Canadian government has pledged up to $75 million (in US dollars) after it was criticized

The Economy, the Pope, and the Gospel

The Economy, the Pope, and the Gospel

On the morning of August 24, the Dow Jones plunged 1000 points to further heighten fears of a possible global economic crisis ahead. Economists and other observers have cited, among others, these causes for their concerns: China’s market volatility; the fall of oil prices from $100 per barrel last summer to below $50; the struggling price of copper

Infographic: Pope Francis Visits the United States

Infographic: Pope Francis Visits the United States

Pope Francis will make an “apostolic journey” to the United States Sept. 22-27, where he will become the first pope to address a joint session of Congress. The infographic below highlights key events on the papal itinerary. Seventh-day Adventists, who see prophetic significance in the pope’s increasing influence over world affairs, have planned sev

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

In a landmark decision last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage. The Court has made gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right for everyone in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy said, No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devot

Same-Sex Marriage: Where Europe Stands

Same-Sex Marriage: Where Europe Stands

With the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled to release its ruling on same-sex marriage next Monday, it's an ideal time to look at the status of gay couples elsewhere in the world. Following the historic result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Ireland, this infographic shows where the rest of Europe stands on the issue. It's interesting to note that

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

In his commentary Luke for Everyone, N.T. Wright shares an anecdote, perhaps apocryphal though repeated by many, about the Russian Orthodox Church during pre-communist Russia. Apparently, in October of 1917, a contentious, drawn-out debate broke out among the church’s leadership during its synod in Moscow. What was it about? The color of clerical v

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

I can still remember my mother reading to me from the book Gifted Hands, Dr. Ben Carson’s chronicle of his rise from the ghettos of Detroit to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as the director of pediatric neurosurgery. It was a story so powerful that it resonated with even me: a white kid in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The book’s likely