Trust and the Body of Christ

Trust and the Body of Christ

As the Adventist Church faces an ongoing dispute about how to relate to differences in polity and organization, I think that the following questions are quite revealing, and are answered similarly by those on the right and left of the church: 1. Do you trust God? 2. Do you trust Christ? 3. Do you trust the body of Christ? Wait, you say, that third

Book Recaps Adventism’s African-American Triumphs and Tragedies

Book Recaps Adventism’s African-American Triumphs and Tragedies

“It is impossible to be truly affected by the redemptive aspects of scripture and not long for social as well as spiritual freedom” (pg. 226). This, you could say, was the lived drama that Calvin Rock sought to explore, and what an exploration it was. Dr. Rock is no stranger to the Seventh-day Adventist church’s roster of leaders. In fact, his dedi

Submission as Resistance: Reflections on 1 Peter

Submission as Resistance: Reflections on 1 Peter

“I hate bureaucracy.” Have you heard that? Have you thought it? Is it necessary in the church that is supposed to be an organic body? Idealists often shout from the rooftops that we don’t need organization. I’ve even heard sermons condemning “church structure.” The irony is that those who oppose it either: (1) function within some other type of str

Archaeology, Women and the Early Church

Archaeology, Women and the Early Church

On Monday, February 27, 2017, at Andrews University, Dr. Randall W. Younker, professor of Archaeology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, presented a lecture on the topic of “Archaeology, Women and the Early Church.”  Below is a summary of Younker's findings, which he plans to publish later in a series of articles. Initially inspired