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

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 3)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 3)

The Future of Christian Socio-Politics and the Rise of GloboChristianity One might wonder what the future holds for American Christianity in its polarized socio-political climate. In itself, no reconciliation appears possible through continued dialogue. Were the Right and Left to remain true to their present purposes, they would be incompatible phi

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 3)

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 3)

In the first article in the series, we saw how Nehemiah had a desire and vision. In the second part, we see the beginning phases of his planning and the development.  Let’s look at some other key components that lead to his success in rebuilding the physical and spiritual walls and gates of Israel. Nehemiah Rallied the Remnant Then said I unto them

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 2)

Needing Nehemiah’s (Part 2)

I was 15 when I was introduced to Adventism. The sweetness of finding Jesus and learning about the wonderful, liberating truths to which I was once oblivious are two things I will never forget. What caught me with striking surprise was the reality that I could partner with the God of the universe on amazing missions of mercy, and in the building up

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

What is the relevance of all of the above for Seventh-day Adventists? There are several possible ways of answering this question. Foremost among such responses is that American Adventists and Catholics closely share an important corporate identity marker that is somewhat unusual in the religious world for large ecclesiastically united religious gro

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

Matthew 3: Know Your Enemy

Matthew 3: Know Your Enemy

When John the Baptist first began to proclaim the arrival of the Messiah, his message fell on receptive ears. The Jewish people were eagerly awaiting His coming, and earnestly anticipating His work and ministry. At the turn of the millennium, the Jews found themselves in a state of constant anger and unrest, buckling under the weight of Roman oppre

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 1)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 1)

There is a unique relationship between religion and politics in America with significant implications for the corporate identity of Seventh-day Adventism that continually places us at risk of becoming “entangled” in the web of socio-political ideologies. Why does an individual identify with, and maintain membership in, a particular Christian (or ot

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

Review of ENCOUNTER Curriculum

Review of ENCOUNTER Curriculum

This review of the Encounter Curriculum is a follow-up to a previous article here at the Compass Magazine.  Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying… ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.’ (John 4:41-42) The journey sta