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 5a: The Trinity and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 5a: The Trinity and Absurdity

If God is Trinity and Jesus is the face of God, then it is indeed a benevolent universe. God is not someone to be afraid of, but is the very Ground of Being and is inherently, objectively, and concretely on our side. - Richard Rohr   In the last few articles, we went on a tour through the doctrine of God, approaching it from the angle of postu

Proof-Texts in Context, Part 11: Marriage and Family

Proof-Texts in Context, Part 11: Marriage and Family

The eleventh installment of our Proof-texts in Context series will focus on SDA Fundamental #23—Marriage and the Family. For those who would like a more detailed synopsis of why we are publishing this series, please refer to the introduction to the first installment. Without further ado, let’s proceed to our study. Related Article: How to Win at Ch

The Secret to Practical, Powerful, Love

The Secret to Practical, Powerful, Love

“Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” How sad it is that Jesus has to stretch out his hands pleading with his people to come unto him, and they refuse to hear, refuse to believe, refuse to receive the comfort of the fulness that God designed should be theirs. Jesus wept over the impenitent city of Jerusalem, and cried with brokenness o

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Effect

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Effect

In the previous article, I concluded with the following question, “What happens when a person sees the law of God as a Heart-Beat rather than as a Strong-Arm?” And my answer was, “everything changes”. In this article, I will touch on this by summarising how a “Heart-Beat” understanding of the law of God impacts how we view some of the key tenets of

Hacks to Better Embrace Constructive Criticism

Hacks to Better Embrace Constructive Criticism

Walking with God Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. [Matthew 5:48].   Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 3: The Nations

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 3: The Nations

It is difficult to see how much of the language concerning the nations is applicable today. I say that because sometimes the nations are God’s instrument to punish His covenant people[1] and sometimes God gives messages about His judgment against the nations.[2] I find it interesting that modern notions of social justice that try to utilize the Heb

How Not to Greet People like a Jellyfish

How Not to Greet People like a Jellyfish

“Ouch! Ouch! Help! Help! Everybody help me, please!” Having grown up by the sea, swimming has become my favorite pastime. Whenever I see the seashore, I could not resist seeing the sea without diving into it. It’s like the sea would pull me to it, and I could never say “No”. In one of my recent visits to my home town, I enjoyed the company of my un