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’

What Is the Church? Ephesians’ Cosmic Vision

What Is the Church? Ephesians’ Cosmic Vision

“The church is not just a building, it is the people.” “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a club for saints.” “The church should be the safest place on earth.”   That’s it. Those three statements exhaust the popular understanding of the church. Ecclesiology has essentially been reduced to a few catchphrases. They work well because they

The Influence of a Mother

The Influence of a Mother

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Facebook, became the how-to Bible for some women’s quest for self-actualization.  But was Sandberg correct in her thesis? Can most women with children “lean in” and “have it all”?  Here, we share a few articles that have looked at this question from a different angle.   Anne Marie Sl

The World Next Door

The World Next Door

What shall it profit a man if he reaches the whole world, yet neglects his neighbor living next door? - Someone  I have not done an official survey, but my guess is that if you were to ask Seventh-day Adventists living in North America if they were friends with their neighbors, something like 90% of them would say they weren’t.   Think about i

5 Biblical Principles for Sharing Hope

5 Biblical Principles for Sharing Hope

In an earlier post, I shared my experience as a Freshman at Stanford University coming into contact with a world of questions and, consequently, seeking to find and give a reason for the hope that I had in Christ. In future posts, I’ll engage with some of those questions and unpack how I discovered that Adventism speaks to them, but first, a confes