Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 5: When the Prophetic Message Touches Our Pocket Books

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 5: When the Prophetic Message Touches Our Pocket Books

Most notions of social justice in the world today carry some enunciation of a call for economic equality, stability, and propriety. What demarcates the biblical notion of social justice from non-biblical views is its association with the prophetic word, the foundational importance of God’s revealed will (ethics), and the recognition of our fallen h

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 3: What Makes a Thing Matter?

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 3: What Makes a Thing Matter?

In the first article of this series we explored the decaying contemporary milieu of the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment (PAIJ). In the second installment we dove into Adventism’s collective failure to extrapolate world-changing potential from the doctrine, resulting in its practical, on-the-ground demise. Consequently, the doctrine lacks relevanc

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 2: Why the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment Doesn’t Matter

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 2: Why the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment Doesn’t Matter

The saddest thing that could have happened to us, will be the saddest thing that could happen to us, and that is to become irrelevant. ― S. H. Khan Welcome back to part two of the series, “The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment”. In the introduction, I asked the overarching question, “Does the Investigative Judgment Matter?” in which I

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 1: Does the Investigative Judgment Matter?

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 1: Does the Investigative Judgment Matter?

The Investigative Judgement—A Personal Experience Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger, portion of truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant. ― Edgar Allan Poe, The Mystery of Marie Rogêt Every time Don Leatherman spoke, I found time stood still almost as if my consciousness was transplanted

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 4: The Justice of God

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 4: The Justice of God

If there ever was a need for the people of God to understand the justice of God, it would be during a time of both renewal and of judgment. Between the fall of the Northern Kingdom, Israel (ca. 722 B. C.) and the Southern Kingdom, Judah (ca. 586 B. C.), two prophets emerge on the scene during a time of national renewal and the coming judgment. Duri

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 3: The Nations

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 3: The Nations

It is difficult to see how much of the language concerning the nations is applicable today. I say that because sometimes the nations are God’s instrument to punish His covenant people[1] and sometimes God gives messages about His judgment against the nations.[2] I find it interesting that modern notions of social justice that try to utilize the Heb