A Second Look at the Church and Social Justice: A Response to Tim Jennings

A Second Look at the Church and Social Justice: A Response to Tim Jennings

I know Tim Jennings as a Christian psychiatrist who came and spoke at a church I pastored a couple of years ago and I enjoyed his presentations. However, Jennings has recently written an article warning Christians to "Beware of the Social Justice Trap" I actually agree with many of the things he said and I encourage you to read it, but I would defi

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

We were having devotions one beautiful evening. We rehearsed a Bible reading that talked about God’s mercy. I can’t quite place my finger on the exact verse but before we could finish, we were all jolted by a loud "No! God is not merciful". We quickly established that it was my 8-year-old boy, Hiram Edson. He continued to rage, saying that if God w

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13a: Baptism and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13a: Baptism and Absurdity

We have in Christ what we have lost in Adam. - John Calvin   Baptism is one of the most remarkable and profound rituals of church life. It emerges in scripture as part of the nexus of sin, salvation, and the new humanity birthed in the second Adam. Properly understood, its themes maneuver like tendrils through the Old Testament narrative, full

Reimagining Adventism, Part 12b: Unity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 12b: Unity and Absurdity

“Autonomy and independence involve taking care of yourself—not doing things that diminish you.” - David Schnarch In the previous article, I introduced a simple approach to the doctrine of Christian unity as the one doctrine among all the others which—while often ignored in an academic or apologetic sense—happens to be the one Jesus declared would g

The God Who Knows No Quarantine

The God Who Knows No Quarantine

Quarantine   These are crazy times.   With COVID-19 growing from a local outbreak to a regional epidemic to a global pandemic in a matter of a couple of months, our lives as we know them have been turned upside down.   During the last few weeks, many procedures have been implemented worldwide that some of us may never have thought we

Reimagining Adventism, Part 12a: Unity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 12a: Unity and Absurdity

Society is not homogenous, and those who do not deliberately close their eyes have to recognise that men differ greatly from one another from the physical, moral, and intellectual viewpoints. - Vilfredo Pareto   The doctrine of unity is not one that we often turn to when thinking about secular outreach. In the realm of modernist skepticism, Ch

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

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