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

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

Reimagining Adventism, Part 2: Truth and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 2: Truth and Absurdity

“Fundamentalists live life with an exclamation point. I prefer to live my life with a question mark.” — Amos Oz   The state of absurdity (the tension between meaninglessness and meaning) is a very real experience that must be understood and appreciated by Adventists if we wish to develop a meaningful approach to evangelism in the secular spher

Adventist School’s Colorful Fundraiser for Christchurch Victims

Adventist School’s Colorful Fundraiser for Christchurch Victims

Longburn, New Zeland -- group of New Zealand high school students is fundraising for the Christchurch mosque shooting victims, with the “power of flowers” and a message of shared humanity. Amelia Tyrrell, 17, and her fellow Longburn Adventist College prefects have gathered $NZ600 ($414USD) from their classmates to send to the victims of Friday’s te

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5b)

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5b)

  At the Create Conference, Pastor Alex Bryan called upon the audience to learn from a Vietnam war POW’s (prisoner of war) ability to face the brutal facts of his/her circumstances to survive. We begin part two of this article by drawing some key lessons from that war to understand the nature of the war over the local church. As the war in Vie

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5a)

Beyond the One project: The War Over the Local Church (5a)

Prologue If you have ever made a call for tithes and offerings to support Adventist education at a local church and had a parent come up to you after the service and tearfully describe how they sacrificed to send their precious God-fearing child to an Adventist institution of higher learning and their child came back home to visit at thanksgiving b

The Loss in our Calling

The Loss in our Calling

Calling is a word I’ve heard thrown around a lot, particularly in the last few years while studying at the Seminary. And often-times two things appear to accompany this concept: an aura of confidence, and a feeling of being led by God (the former being a result of the latter). But there is more to being called than this, and it is something we don’