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

Reimagining Adventism, Part 6b: Creation and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 6b: Creation and Absurdity

I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in… but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted. – Jean Paul Sartre   In his debate with Ken Ham, American television presenter Bill Nye opened his remarks saying, “Here tonight we’re going to have two stories. And we can compare Mr. Ham’s story to the story fr

Reimagining Adventism, 5b: The Trinity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, 5b: The Trinity and Absurdity

If there’s a God, why’d he make me? All of these flaws is all that I see. –Illenium & Call Me Karizma The ontological self-abandonment of God reveals that God is far from the self-interested being many religionists have made him out to be. Instead, God is other-centered. And yet, this very revelation drives us toward an ethereal riddle that tra

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4B: God and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 4B: God and Absurdity

The Christian God is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust. - Thomas Jefferson What are we talking about when we talk about God? The answer differs depending on who you are and who you are interacting with. For the traditional Christian talking about God revolves around exploring his attributes such as omnipotence

Reimagining Adventism, Part 3: Evangelism, Church, and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 3: Evangelism, Church, and Absurdity

"If we distance ourselves and our point of view, a culture will always look peculiar to us." — Shahar Fisher We are nearly ready to begin reimagining Adventism. So far, we have seen three very important points that call us to reimagine our evangelistic approach. The first is that the secular mind is immersed in absurdity—an experience most people o