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

A God of Diversity

A God of Diversity

Traveling at impressive 64,000 km/h, the space probe Voyager 1 was launched into space 26 years ago to explore the planets of our solar system. After passing by Jupiter and Saturn, completing its initial mission, the probe prepared itself to leave the solar system. As it approached the 6 billion kilometer mark from Earth, Carl Sagan, the famous Cor

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 1)

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 1)

Sincerely Stirred What stirs you? I wish I could ask you this question in person. There must be something. I know I get stirred about many things, but near the top of my list is when I see someone treated unfairly. Anger builds, and it’s difficult for me to stay silent – even if it’s prudent to do so! Just like you and I, Bible characters would get

Caring for Our Earthly Home

Caring for Our Earthly Home

Living in a technology-focused era, our daily connection with the earth has dwindled. These days, we spend far more time indoors than outdoors, becoming attached to indoor fulfillments. In the world today, we are faced with many environmental issues and problems. Some of these include natural resources provided by the environment to provide food fo

From Pain to Praise: Psalm 77

From Pain to Praise: Psalm 77

Oftentimes it is hard to pray.   Sometimes, I just don’t feel like it and have a weak desire. I want to pray, but my burdens discourage it. My thoughts lack clarity, and it can be difficult to organize them to make sense. Circumstances encircle me.  I feel stuck and unable to speak to God.   These are the times I let the Psalms pray for m