2017 European Adventist Youth Congress: Day 3

2017 European Adventist Youth Congress: Day 3

It's Sabbath evening (August 4) in Valencia and there is an atmosphere of celebration. Seven young people have decided to publicly commit their lives to God and were baptized. The entire program was filled with supportive shouts and cheerful clapping.   The praise and worship team led the congregation using a balanced mix of hymns and contempo

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 2

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 2

The second full day (third overall, including the first evening) I faced a real struggle at AYC2017. For those of us lacking a regular intense workout, AYC2017’s full schedule, including an early morning exercise routine, gave my leg muscles some painful aches. A reminder to keep our whole being in service! What my condition meant, however, contrib

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 1

European Adventist Youth Congress 2017: Day 1

Sunny Valencia, in Spain, in August. A perfect location to begin friendships for a lifetime, and hopefully begin a life changing journey for Jesus. This is what the organizers of the European Adventist Youth Congress 2017 (AYC2017) are hoping for this week. In an environment both literally and metaphorically warm, the offer was impossible to turn d

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