Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5b)

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5b)

  At the Create Conference, Pastor Alex Bryan called upon the audience to learn from a Vietnam war POW’s (prisoner of war) ability to face the brutal facts of his/her circumstances to survive. We begin part two of this article by drawing some key lessons from that war to understand the nature of the war over the local church. As the war in Vie

Unity in Acts of the Apostles (Part 1: Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch)

Unity in Acts of the Apostles (Part 1: Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch)

Introduction The fifth book of the New Testament, Acts of the Apostles, describes the formation and growth of the Christian church immediately following the ascension of the Messiah. Primarily narrative in form, Acts is a bridge between the four biographies of Jesus and the twenty-two letters addressing the members of the established Christian chur

Doing Good to All

Doing Good to All

We are living in tempestuous times. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is not immune to the tide of decreased membership, spiritual atrophy and disillusionment that is sweeping sectors of Christianity. If the church is to survive, it needs to be open, relevant, and inclusive in its presentation of the gospel to the world. The local church is key to t

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5a)

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5a)

Prologue If you have ever made a call for tithes and offerings to support Adventist education at a local church and had a parent come up to you after the service and tearfully describe how they sacrificed to send their precious God-fearing child to an Adventist institution of higher learning and their child came back home to visit at thanksgiving b

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 2)

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 2)

Adventism was not born in a vacuum. In other words, we are not as unique as we'd like to think we are. As I grew up in the Adventist church, many people spoke of our origins as if we somehow dropped out of the sky with all this truth no one had ever heard of before. Nicolas Miller expressed it well when he wrote, "Some Adventists appear to believe

The Victorious Christian Life

The Victorious Christian Life

Do you recall when you first gave your life to Christ? I mean, the kind where you found yourself walking down to the front of the church with sweaty hands, perhaps with a burning sensation in your heart, and a driving need to connect and find out more about God? Maybe you weren’t in a church at all. You may have been down at the beach, on a mountai

God’s Global Church: Community with the Risen Christ (Part 3)

God’s Global Church: Community with the Risen Christ (Part 3)

In this final and cumulative consideration of the global reality of God’s church, we look at the climax and centerpiece of what it means to be a part of a universal family. I say cumulative because without the gift of faith and a covenantal worldview the way we perceive Jesus will be radically different, hence, the plethora of Christian denominatio