Label-Free Faith

Label-Free Faith

During my sophomore year at Weimar Academy, I struggled with geometry. No matter how much I studied, I didn't get it. One morning, I told a lie. My palms were sweating and my lips trembled as I said to my dorm mom, Mrs. Jones, “I think I have the flu.” She felt my forehead. “Kind of clammy, but no temperature.” She gave me a long look. “If you’re s

No Longer Hiding Under a Church Pew: Breaking the Silence about Homosexuality in the Church

No Longer Hiding Under a Church Pew: Breaking the Silence about Homosexuality in the Church

I am privileged and honored to have come from a strong Bible and Adventist heritage. My childhood was influenced by dedicated Christian parents who took God at His Word and who planted in me the importance of loving, honoring, and obeying Him. Our friends consisted of other Adventists who diligently studied God’s Word and His great promises to us.

Surrogate Motherhood, Church Attendance, and the Morality of Same-Sex Attraction: An Analysis of Issues Raised by the Seminary’s Statement on Homosexuality

Surrogate Motherhood, Church Attendance, and the Morality of Same-Sex Attraction: An Analysis of Issues Raised by the Seminary’s Statement on Homosexuality

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary’s “An Understanding of the Biblical View on Homosexual Practice and Pastoral Care” is an excellent statement of the Bible’s unequivocal condemnation of same-sex sexual activity. It upholds our high view of Scripture as the Word of God and affirms that God’s Word, not shifting cultural norms, is determi

Homosexual Orientation, Attraction, Identity, and Practice: A Pastoral Approach

Homosexual Orientation, Attraction, Identity, and Practice: A Pastoral Approach

This reflection paper was triggered by some incidents whose mentioning would help to clarify the context of this writing. A church member came to my office for some information. While he waited, I was caught off-guard when he queried, “Pastor, have you heard that Andrews University has publicly endorsed homosexuality?” Instinctively I dismissed his

Assessing David and Jonathan’s “Love Story”: An Antidote to Bad Bible Usage

Assessing David and Jonathan’s “Love Story”: An Antidote to Bad Bible Usage

In light of recent happenings such as the majority decision of the Supreme Court on gay marriage, the growing public acceptance of a homosexual lifestyle, and many people’s lack of clarity on sexuality from a biblical perspective, it seems apropos to revisit and reflect on our biblical belief about sexuality. Not long ago a few messages were given