Reimagining Adventism, Part 10c: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10c: The Church and Absurdity

We must cultivate our garden. – Voltaire   For decades, church leaders have been attempting to unravel the complex reasons why young people leave church. In recent years, the task to understand why the church fails to retain millennials or reach emerging, post-church culture has also amplified. And now, new reports are indicating that unlike o

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10b: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10b: The Church and Absurdity

Teach me, O God… to breathe deeply in faith.—Soren Kierkegaard Imagine a scenario with me. You are an allied lieutenant during World War II. Your platoon is part of an assault on France aimed at liberating the country from its German occupiers. As the raid begins, you find yourself with a small company of stranded paratroopers. Radio checks indicat

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10a: The Church and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 10a: The Church and Absurdity

It’s unbearable to be able to look through that door and glimpse all the people you could have been and know that out of all of them, this is the one you became.—Reichmarshal John Smith The Web of Insanity We Created In the Amazon alternate history web series The Man in the High Castle, a parallel universe is depicted in which the Axis powers (Ital

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9c: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9c: The Gospel and Absurdity

I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.–Viktor E. Frankl   I recently purchased the Audible version of the classic work “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl. In the first part of th

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 9a: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9a: The Gospel and Absurdity

I worry we, like Pontus Pilate, are too quick to wash our hands. – Dorena Williamson In his article, “Isn’t it Time for a New Mission Story?” activist and author Craig Greenfield makes a startling observation about missionary work among Buddhist cultures. “[U]nder Buddhism”, Craig asserts, “for a god to ‘love the world’ would be shameful and strang

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

Reimagining Adventism, Part 7b: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 7b: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

We are not beings born totally depraved. We are beings in need of healing. - Jordan Sutton   In the 2017 sci-fi thriller “Life”, a space crew fights to survive an alien creature that is both hostile and seemingly impossible to destroy. As the film reaches its climax, however, there the viewer can discern a rising tension between nihilism and h

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