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

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 3: Jesus and the Sanctuary

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 3: Jesus and the Sanctuary

The Sanctuary and Judgment  “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”[1]   Putting Christ in the center of the sanctuary services of the Old Testament is not a hard thing to do. John the Baptist made it pretty clear that Jesus was the antitypical Lamb to which all o

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

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 1: Jesus or Doctrine?

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 1: Jesus or Doctrine?

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”[1] I can remember a phone call I got back in February from one of my students at the Bible college I was teaching at. At the time she was interning as a Bible worker in one of the many churches that she and her classmates were placed in during their winter quarter. She had

Reimagining Adventism: Baptism and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: Baptism and Absurdity, Part 3

Every institution that we trust lies to us. - Dave Chapelle In the previous article, we touched on the nature of inclusivity and exclusivity in the church. We saw that the church can be passively exclusive while imagining itself actively inclusive by nurturing structures, cultures, and systems that are designed for one kind of demographic. In Adven

On the Question of Gay Identity and Christian Sexual Ethics

On the Question of Gay Identity and Christian Sexual Ethics

On the question of gay identity and Christian sexual ethics, I start with a bare-bones theology of group identity drawn from Acts 17:26–27. In his discourse at the Areopagus, Paul briefly laid out how the Athenians have already groped toward a knowledge of God. It is because God arranges history so that, through the formation and shifting of group