Reimagining Adventism, Part 10c: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10c: The Church and Absurdity

We must cultivate our garden. – Voltaire   For decades, church leaders have been attempting to unravel the complex reasons why young people leave church. In recent years, the task to understand why the church fails to retain millennials or reach emerging, post-church culture has also amplified. And now, new reports are indicating that unlike o

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10b: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10b: The Church and Absurdity

Teach me, O God… to breathe deeply in faith.—Soren Kierkegaard Imagine a scenario with me. You are an allied lieutenant during World War II. Your platoon is part of an assault on France aimed at liberating the country from its German occupiers. As the raid begins, you find yourself with a small company of stranded paratroopers. Radio checks indicat

Book Review: Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil John C. Peckham

Book Review: Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil John C. Peckham

The issue of theodicy goes centuries back and has been summarized by Hume in Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion as follows: Epicurus’s old questions are yet unanswered. Is he [God] willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then is he impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then is he malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?[i] I

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9c: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9c: The Gospel and Absurdity

I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.–Viktor E. Frankl   I recently purchased the Audible version of the classic work “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl. In the first part of th

Reimagining Adventism, Part 5a: The Trinity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 5a: The Trinity and Absurdity

If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is indeed a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the very Ground of Being and is inherently, objectively, and concretely on our side. - Richard Rohr   In the last few articles, we went on a tour through the doctrine of God, approaching it from the angle of postu

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4B: God and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4B: God and Absurdity

The Christian God is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust. - Thomas Jefferson What are we talking about when we talk about God? The answer differs depending on who you are and who you are interacting with. For the traditional Christian talking about God revolves around exploring his attributes such as omnipotence

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 Love of God: A Canonical Model

The Love of God: A Canonical Model

The opening chapter of Peckham’s 2015 IVP Reader’s Choice Award-winning book introduces two major and conflicting models of Divine love: the transcendent-voluntarist model–an inheritance of classical theism, and the immanent-experientialist model–representing process theism. In classical theism, God is characterized as “self-sufficient, perfect, si