Adventism 202, Part 3: Searching for God’s “John Hancock” in the Bible

Adventism 202, Part 3: Searching for God’s “John Hancock” in the Bible

In the previous article, I proposed that one of the major problems in Adventism today is a lack of deep understanding of our doctrines as a holistic system. Many Adventists seem to think that our teachings are simply a list of beliefs (the 28 Fundamentals). Furthermore, because many Adventists do not have a systematic understanding of our doctrines

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 5c: Literary Structures)

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 5c: Literary Structures)

The most common literary structures in the Bible are chiastic structures and panel structures. These can be found in small units (such as verses), individual narratives (such as a miracle story), or can extend over several chapters, books, and even several books. Composite structures include both chiastic and panel structures, as we will see in an

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 2a: Characters and Characterization)

An Introduction to Biblical Narrative Analysis (Part 2a: Characters and Characterization)

Many generations of Bible readers have found meaning through relating to Bible characters who share similar struggles and challenges, fight similar weaknesses, and fail and succeed time and time again in their own process of transformation. When we observe the Biblical characters closely, we gain a more intimate knowledge of them, and thus are able

Matthew 4: The Mechanics of Faith (Part 2)

Matthew 4: The Mechanics of Faith (Part 2)

When Christ encountered the temptations of Satan in the wilderness, He was merely participating in the physical manifestation of an invisible conflict which has raged unabated throughout the universe for the past 6,000 years. This was (and is) a conflict between the government of God and the rebellion of Satan, between two competing world-views vyi

5 Biblical Principles for Sharing Hope

5 Biblical Principles for Sharing Hope

In an earlier post, I shared my experience as a Freshman at Stanford University coming into contact with a world of questions and, consequently, seeking to find and give a reason for the hope that I had in Christ. In future posts, I’ll engage with some of those questions and unpack how I discovered that Adventism speaks to them, but first, a confes

Up In Smoke

Up In Smoke

I'm not sure if smoking cigarettes will send me to hell, but the habit has most certainly turned my life into hell on earth. For most addicts, life is anything but good, yet people are so quick to criticize and ostracize those suffering with substance abuse, as if they are evil. My story is not to prove to you why I smoked, but simply to explain th