Reimagining Adventism: The Gift of Prophecy, Part 2

Reimagining Adventism: The Gift of Prophecy, Part 2

“As long as the Matrix exists, the human race will never be free.” - Morpheus In the year 1999, the most influential action movie of the generation—groundbreaking and innovative in its special effects and cinematography—hit the big screen and the world of film was never the same. From that point forward, movie history could be divided into two chap

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 3

“Love one another…” - The New Testament   In the previous articles, we explored two main themes. The first was the Spirit’s experiential utility. Here we discovered that the active presence of the Spirit among us is not merely a nebulous theological concept but rather a tangible reality that has practical use in the realm of post-church missio

Confessions of an End-Times Preacher: Hype, Headlines, or the Blessed Hope?

Confessions of an End-Times Preacher: Hype, Headlines, or the Blessed Hope?

September 11, 2001, was my generation’s Pearl Harbor.  I was awakened by my grandfather who exclaimed in his native tongue that New York was in chaos.  I turned on the television in my room and I saw a strange sight.  I saw one of the Twin Towers with a gaping hole with smoke coming out of it and I was perplexed that the other tower was missing.  I

The 2020 US Election and the Second Angel’s Message

The 2020 US Election and the Second Angel’s Message

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”   The above poem

How Prophecy Reveals a God who is in Control

How Prophecy Reveals a God who is in Control

"Papa, buy for me asbestos." My 5-year-old boy pleaded with me recently. Like any curious parent, I asked him why he wanted asbestos. It turns out that they had been binge reading the apocalyptic book of Revelation. They had also been binge-watching YouTube videos that are connected with the second coming of Christ. There was mention of people runn

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 2

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 2

Desire needs mystery. - Esther Perel In the previous article, we saw that mission in emerging secular contexts requires the church to shift from the centralization of rational discourse toward a more holistic rhythm that balances gnosis (knowledge), koinonia (relationships), and doulos (service). In fact, it is the element of service that, in the p

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 1

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 1

Most Seventh-day Adventists and Adventist churches I know are functionally binitarian. - David Hamstra In his book “The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated”, authors James Emery White makes a remarkable observation about contemporary mission. In the olden days, he argues, a church could reach its community by

“Out of Egypt I Called My Son”: Toward a Theology of Immigration

“Out of Egypt I Called My Son”: Toward a Theology of Immigration

A few days ago, I was struck by a modernized representation of the traditional scene of the flight of the “holy family” to Egypt. The iconographic painter Kelly Latimore, decided to turn Joseph, Mary, and Jesus into a Latino family of immigrants trying to cross the border into the United States at night.[i]   The issue of immigration and refug