Recontextualizing the Adventist Message for the African Continent

Recontextualizing the Adventist Message for the African Continent

The Africanization of Adventism project has been raging with Africans themselves echoing different views on the necessity of this controversial move. Arguments against this are primarily premised on fears on whether this will divert the movement from the noble work of proclaiming the second coming of Jesus, whether this drive is indeed salvific, be

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

I need you to use your imagination with me today.   But first, let me paint a picture.   Just a few months ago, most of our churches were tracking along as usual. We had lots of events, a big central program every weekend that we put most of our energy into, and our usual Sabbath Schools, prayer meetings, etc.   Then, along came the

Reimagining Adventism: Baptism and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: Baptism and Absurdity, Part 3

Every institution that we trust lies to us. - Dave Chapelle In the previous article, we touched on the nature of inclusivity and exclusivity in the church. We saw that the church can be passively exclusive while imagining itself actively inclusive by nurturing structures, cultures, and systems that are designed for one kind of demographic. In Adven

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13a: Baptism and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13a: Baptism and Absurdity

We have in Christ what we have lost in Adam. - John Calvin   Baptism is one of the most remarkable and profound rituals of church life. It emerges in scripture as part of the nexus of sin, salvation, and the new humanity birthed in the second Adam. Properly understood, its themes maneuver like tendrils through the Old Testament narrative, full

Reimagining Adventism, Part 12b: Unity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 12b: Unity and Absurdity

“Autonomy and independence involve taking care of yourself—not doing things that diminish you.” - David Schnarch In the previous article, I introduced a simple approach to the doctrine of Christian unity as the one doctrine among all the others which—while often ignored in an academic or apologetic sense—happens to be the one Jesus declared would g

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10d: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10d: The Church and Absurdity

The reason most people don't go to church is because they've already been. – Mark Twain Before moving on from the concept and practice of church, there is one more angle I must encroach upon which would be imprudent to ignore. The angle that I speak of is the contemporary overarching motion of the church which, while transcending Adventism itself,

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

The Church a Backbone for Beautiful Faith

The Church a Backbone for Beautiful Faith

God’s Appointed Agency The church is God's appointed agency for the salvation of men. Its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. Through the church will eventually be made manifest, even to “the principalities and powers in heavenly places,” the final and full display of the love of God (Ephesians 3:10). Many and wonderful are the promises in

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