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

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 9b: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9b: The Gospel and Absurdity

We can and should eradicate ageing as a cause of death… use technology to augment our bodies and our minds… [and] merge with machines, remaking ourselves, finally, in the image of our own higher ideals.–Mark O’Connell In the previous article, we saw how traditional frameworks for explaining the gospel are no longer effective in our emerging post-Ch

Reimagining Adventism, Part 8b: The Great Controversy and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 8b: The Great Controversy and Absurdity

Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas   The contemporary way of life is no longer sustainable. If something doesn’t happen—and fast—humanity will go extinct. Thankfully, a solution has emerged due to a remarkable technological and scientific discovery. The solution is collectively know

Reimagining Adventism, Part 8a: The Great Controversy and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 8a: The Great Controversy and Absurdity

Life can be wearisome and dreary because the world is indifferent to us. ― Kilroy J. Oldster   In 2003, the best-selling rap-rock band Linkin Park released a song that would become the anthem of many. It was titled “In the End” and began with rapper Mike Shinoda laying a pessimistic foundation as he raps about the futility of trying as “wastin

A Spectacle to the World

A Spectacle to the World

The whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of God. But how difficult for some to see and acknowledge the light and be converted, that I, Christ says, should heal them! The atmosphere of selfishness, pride, formality, and self-righteousness surrounds their souls, and it is very difficult for them to discern light as light and appreciate it. S

Reimagining Adventism 7a: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism 7a: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

I maintain that faith in this world is perfectly possible without faith in another world.—Rosalind Franklin   In her poem “Back to Being Human” the English poet Ms. Moem invites us to collectively regress “back” to something we have “lost” about ourselves—a thing which purportedly encapsulates all that it means to be who we are meant to be. Bu

NAD 2019 Year-End Meetings, Friday Morning Business Session – President’s Report

NAD 2019 Year-End Meetings, Friday Morning Business Session – President’s Report

November 1 Business Session Dan Jackson began his 10th presidential report by citing God’s promise in Romans 8:32:   He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?   “I have far more hope in 2019 than I had in 2010,” said Jackson in regards to the church growth

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

October 13, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sunday Morning Business Session)

October 13, 2019 Annual Council Report (Sunday Morning Business Session)

  Session presided by Artur A. Stele, General Conference Vice President Selected Reports on Mission G.T. Ng, Secretary of the General Conference Ng offered a brief historical incursion into the value Adventist pioneers placed on foreign missions. From the early phase of its existence, the Adventist church had a foreign mission board, chaired b