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

Why, When, and How to Close Church During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Why, When, and How to Close Church During the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the COVID-19 pandemic the world is facing a public health crisis the likes of which we haven’t experienced in over half-a-century. Churches are being urged to take preventative measures up to closing their doors in order to do their part to “slow the curve.” (If you don’t understand that expression, some of what follows will not make sense if yo

Reimagining Adventism, Part 11b: The Remnant and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 11b: The Remnant and Absurdity

In the previous article, I introduced three concepts that have helped me reformulate my approach to remnant theology without settling for the historic sectarian approach nor our modern reactionary “just get rid of the whole thing” trend. Those three ideas I referred to as the,   Axiomatic Permanence and Ethereal Essence of Ideas Necessary Cohe

A Place to Grow

A Place to Grow

Tossing and turning all night, 37-year-old Tim is a troubled soul. Raised in a Christian home Tim’s life has faltered along the way. Not everything has gone as planned and he had ended up taking a detour along the way. Caught stealing at work he not only lost his job, reputation and friends, he lost his faith in God as well. Everything seemed to be

Book Review: Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity

Book Review: Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity

Calvin B. Rock structures his book in three parts: The Protest Movements, The Challenge Ahead, and Appendices.   The first part discusses four phases of the push towards racial parity in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: social and administrative participation (1889—1928), the creation of colored conferences (1929—1944), the creation of black

Returning to God

Returning to God

As the manager of a Christian charity shop, I often have conversations about faith that people who meet me soon start. They usually try to make a connection by telling of someone they have known in their family or friends who had a connection to faith, church, and belief. Often it is of a life of dedication and service or a life turned around that

Reimagining Adventism, Part 11a: The Remnant and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 11a: The Remnant and Absurdity

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death. — John F. Kennedy   In the previous article, we closed off by moving from the concept of church to the concept of the remnant. During that transition, I took for granted the acceptability of a theological construct like the remnant. However, the

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10d: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10d: The Church and Absurdity

The reason most people don't go to church is because they've already been. – Mark Twain Before moving on from the concept and practice of church, there is one more angle I must encroach upon which would be imprudent to ignore. The angle that I speak of is the contemporary overarching motion of the church which, while transcending Adventism itself,

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10c: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10c: The Church and Absurdity

We must cultivate our garden. – Voltaire   For decades, church leaders have been attempting to unravel the complex reasons why young people leave church. In recent years, the task to understand why the church fails to retain millennials or reach emerging, post-church culture has also amplified. And now, new reports are indicating that unlike o