Creation, Catastrophe, Calvary: Why a Global Flood Is Vital to the Doctrine of Atonement

Creation, Catastrophe, Calvary: Why a Global Flood Is Vital to the Doctrine of Atonement

I read the book Creation, Catastrophe, Calvary: Why a Global Flood is Vital to the Doctrine of Atonement a few years ago for a class. It landed on my desk at an ideal time, just as I was pondering a number of controversial Bible passages on creation and the flood. Reading it was a reassuring experience–not because it explained everything or solved

Environmental Stewardship & Climate Change

Environmental Stewardship & Climate Change

Before mankind was created, God was deliberate in engineering an ideal environment. The ground was fertile, the vegetation lush, the air invigorating, and a pristine river flowed. The siting, land use, and topography of Eden were meticulously executed, and in that perfect environment, God required man to care for and maintain the beauty of his surr

Growing in Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Hope

Growing in Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ: Peter’s Hope

  Growing in grace is Peter’s bedrock for living the Christian life. It’s how we as Christians live in expectant hope (1 Pet. 1:3–12), live holy lives in society and in the home (1 Pet. 1:13–3:7), suffer for our faith while serving others (1 Pet. 3:8–5:11), develop Christian virtues (2 Pet. 1:1–11), listen to the prophetic word, avoiding erron

Can We Prove That God Exists?

Can We Prove That God Exists?

The last proceeding of reason is to recognize that there is an infinity of things which are beyond it. It is but feeble if it does not see so far as to know this. (Blaise Pascal)   No mortal mind can penetrate the secrecy in which the Mighty One dwells and works. Only that which He sees fit to reveal can we comprehend of Him. Reason must ackno

Why Does God Hide Himself from Unbelievers

Why Does God Hide Himself from Unbelievers

Perhaps that is too bold of a claim. After all, the Psalmist reminds us that “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1) and Paul argues that God’s “eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20).   Indeed, this is true now more than ever: we know the universe had a begin

Sharing Space in the Sandbox

Sharing Space in the Sandbox

I am a counselor living in the southern United States, and have been directly involved with my community for over 20 years. In my work, I come across a wide swath of people—many of whom consider themselves “Christian,” but are from other denominations besides Adventism. Several years ago, my wife sent me an e-mail that first made me laugh, then mad

The Compass Headlines 05-26-2017

The Compass Headlines 05-26-2017

Less than 4 out of 10 say God created man in present form, lowest in 35 years According to the latest Gallup, only 38% of Americans believe God created man in present form, which is the lowest in 35 years.  Approximately 75% of Americans still believe that God was involved in the creation of humanity in some way including the possibility of a divin

The Future of Life and the Universe

The Future of Life and the Universe

Proclaiming that the world is coming to an end isn’t new to Christianity. Centuries have already passed since we began preaching that “the end of all things is near” (1 Peter 4:7).[1] The popular image of a solitary man walking through the streets holding a sign with the words “The end of the world is near” has already become a Christian cliché. Wh