On the Question of Gay Identity and Christian Sexual Ethics

On the Question of Gay Identity and Christian Sexual Ethics

On the question of gay identity and Christian sexual ethics, I start with a bare-bones theology of group identity drawn from Acts 17:26–27. In his discourse at the Areopagus, Paul briefly laid out how the Athenians have already groped toward a knowledge of God. It is because God arranges history so that, through the formation and shifting of group

Was God in Favor of Slavery?

Was God in Favor of Slavery?

“I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?” The question shocked me, as I awakened to the fact that I was not reading an eighteenth century inquiry, but an open letter to Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a radio talk show hostess who tries to give practi

Three Days in Lesvos

Three Days in Lesvos

Remember that ethics class where you were asked “What would you do if you lived during World War II and such and such and such happened?” I used to think I’d never have to make a difficult decision of that sort. Somehow, those complicated dilemmas we hotly debated seemed more of an exercise in theoretical morality than anything close to what we’d f

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 2)

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 2)

Most people have an idea of what justice is, what it should look like, and how it should operate on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, a just society has eluded us from that fateful moment when through our progenitor’s logic and the bite of an apple, a world was unveiled that was full of iniquity, and hence, inequity. Fortunately for all of us, a p

The Issue We Don’t Talk About

The Issue We Don’t Talk About

I’ve been an Adventist all my life, but I don’t recall ever attending a seminar or hearing a sermon on this topic. I’ve read a few articles about it, and it was addressed in a college ethics class, but it’s not something I hear Adventists talking about individually or publicly. Yet it has been one of the hottest topics in American Christianity for