The Gospel in the Sanctuary (Lesson 5, Q4 2017)

The Gospel in the Sanctuary (Lesson 5, Q4 2017)

This week's Sabbath School lesson continues with a study of the fourth chapter of Romans. This chapter is intriguing because it functions as a sort of interlude between chapters 3 and 5—both of which take more of a theological approach to justification and related topics. Chapter 4, by contrast, is more of a case study of justification in practice.

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 3)

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 3)

Adventism is protestant. And yet there is something about us that makes us weird. In the previous post we identified that hardly anything Adventism believes is uniquely Adventist. So it’s not our "doctrines" that make us weird. Even the ones that we have developed and call our own are built upon foundations that are entirely non-Adventist. We did n

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 2)

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 2)

Adventism was not born in a vacuum. In other words, we are not as unique as we'd like to think we are. As I grew up in the Adventist church, many people spoke of our origins as if we somehow dropped out of the sky with all this truth no one had ever heard of before. Nicolas Miller expressed it well when he wrote, "Some Adventists appear to believe

Living in the Shadow of the Cross: How Jesus’ Ministry Brings Life

Living in the Shadow of the Cross: How Jesus’ Ministry Brings Life

The biblical books of Hebrews and Revelation give ample content on the ministry of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary. Having said that, it may seem ironic to suggest looking at the Hebrew Bible (OT) to uncover some practical implications of a sanctuary focused life. Yet, the title of this short essay proposes a double entendre, in Exodus 25:8 the ear