Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 1: Jesus or Doctrine?

Constructing a Christ-Centered Adventist Faith, Part 1: Jesus or Doctrine?

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”[1] I can remember a phone call I got back in February from one of my students at the Bible college I was teaching at. At the time she was interning as a Bible worker in one of the many churches that she and her classmates were placed in during their winter quarter. She had

Book Review: 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism

Book Review: 1919: The Untold Story of Adventism’s Struggle with Fundamentalism

I read this book in one breath. Not only because it is relatively short and well written, but because it is filled with historical research that helps contextualize a major challenge of our church: biblical interpretation. If you think our hermeneutical struggles are recent, you may be surprised to discover that some core dissensions go at least on

Reimagining Adventism Part 6c: Creation and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism Part 6c: Creation and Absurdity

Those who are devoid of purpose will make the void their purpose. - Friedrich Nietzche   In the last two articles, we explored a meaningful way to approach creation with emerging post-church culture. We have seen that in our contemporary age, two approaches to human origin exist. One is the modernist approach that places its faith in science a

Why We’re Not Ready for a Doctrinal Vote on Women’s Ordination

Why We’re Not Ready for a Doctrinal Vote on Women’s Ordination

I do not enjoy discussing or talking about the question of women’s ordination publicly, as it always seems to stir up unpleasant conversations these days, and I dislike controversies with my fellow believers and friends, with whom I so often agree. Nevertheless, the issue is upon us, and so I’ve decided to offer a few words about why, sadly, I fear

Caught Up in the Rapture: How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen

Caught Up in the Rapture: How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen

Here we go again. Just when we thought the Left Behind series had finally been…well…left behind, we are greeted with a remake of the movie version. Did we need a remake? For fans of the novels, probably—the first movies were abysmal. For popular preachers seeking converts, definitely. Rapture theology has become as effective as hell in terms of exc

We Need Head, Not Only Heart, Knowledge

We Need Head, Not Only Heart, Knowledge

Zeitgeist: A typically compound German word that conveys something that is more cumbersomely articulated in English—“the spirit of the time.” All of us are, to some extent at least, influenced by the thinking patterns of the times in which we live—either by being unconsciously swept up into them, or by reacting against them. It is always striking t