Reimagining Adventism, 5b: The Trinity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, 5b: The Trinity and Absurdity

If there’s a God, why’d he make me? All of these flaws is all that I see. –Illenium & Call Me Karizma The ontological self-abandonment of God reveals that God is far from the self-interested being many religionists have made him out to be. Instead, God is other-centered. And yet, this very revelation drives us toward an ethereal riddle that tra

#MeTooAndBeyond

#MeTooAndBeyond

Social activist Tarana Burke started the #MeToo movement in 2006 to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in society. October of 2017, actress Alyssa Milano posted "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet," relaunching the movement and bringing forth a plethora of confessions, including m

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4a: God and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4a: God and Absurdity

"Because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord… I have lost all things." — Paul   The absurdity of life is an experience—or a way of being—that many of us born and raised in Christianity are entirely unfamiliar with. We can dialogue back and forth about it in an abstract sense, but we can never truly experience it. However, t

NAD Honors Historic Promotion of an Adventist Chaplain Serving in the U.S. Air Force

NAD Honors Historic Promotion of an Adventist Chaplain Serving in the U.S. Air Force

Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries of the North American Division recognized Chaplain John Elliott of the United States Air Force on July 3, 2019, for his recent promotion to colonel. He is only the second Seventh-day Adventist Air Force chaplain to achieve the rank — the first was Chaplain David Buttrick, who was promoted in 2017. “Adventist Chaplain

Reimagining Adventism, Part 3: Evangelism, Church, and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 3: Evangelism, Church, and Absurdity

"If we distance ourselves and our point of view, a culture will always look peculiar to us." — Shahar Fisher We are nearly ready to begin reimagining Adventism. So far, we have seen three very important points that call us to reimagine our evangelistic approach. The first is that the secular mind is immersed in absurdity—an experience most people o

Is God Okay with Genocide? Part 3

Is God Okay with Genocide? Part 3

Initially, the discussion on genocide in the Joshua campaign was limited to a two-part series. I wrote my contextualizing piece, trying to place the story in its own context and left it at that. Typically, I find that satisfactory. After all, I am an exegete, not a theologian in the classical sense. My job is to understand what the text meant and I

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 3: Faithful in the Furnace

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 3: Faithful in the Furnace

Have you ever dreamed something so amazing that you wished it was true? One of the greatest kings on earth did. And, being in his position, he could afford to literally make his dream come true. Or so he thought.   A Dream Come True Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a statue that foretold the future of humankind: four kingdoms would succeed each other un

Amidst Ebola Outbreak, ADRA Works to Ensure Malnourished Children Are Fed

Amidst Ebola Outbreak, ADRA Works to Ensure Malnourished Children Are Fed

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1984. During that time, the team has responded to the Ebola virus that has struck the country ten times. The most recent outbreak, which began in August 2018, has reportedly b

The Secret to Practical, Powerful, Love

The Secret to Practical, Powerful, Love

“Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” How sad it is that Jesus has to stretch out his hands pleading with his people to come unto him, and they refuse to hear, refuse to believe, refuse to receive the comfort of the fulness that God designed should be theirs. Jesus wept over the impenitent city of Jerusalem, and cried with brokenness o