Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 2

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 2

In the previous article, I addressed the biblical basis for the concept of the “Divine Right of Kings,” or the logic that people in positions of authority, such as a king or president, derive their authority from God and not from the people. Thus, kings are God’s “chosen ones” and ought to be respected as such. The two main passages buttressing thi

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 1

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 1

Donald Trump’s relationship with evangelicalism has been fascinating. On the one hand, they’ve formed arguably his largest support base,[1] hailing him as a hero “raised up by God”[2] to combat the “evils” of secularism, homosexuality, PC culture, immigration, and other perceived threats to American Christianity.[3] On the other hand, Christianity’

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

October 17, 2019 Jesus and Politics, Opening Address

On October 17–19, 2019, Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, hosted Jesus & Politics. This conference sought to prompt Christians, especially Seventh-day Adventist Christians, to be reasonably aware of and active in the various goings-on within political, social, and economic realms, yet do so upon the bedrock of Christ’s character

It’s All About Worship

It’s All About Worship

I live in Georgia, and several weeks ago the Governor of our great state signed a very restrictive abortion bill that has made a lot of people very angry! So angry, in fact, that Netflix, Disney, and several other entertainment powerhouses clearly stated, that due to this new law, they would no longer be producing entertainment in Georgia—effective

October 17-19, 2019 Jesus and Politics Conference, Andrews University

October 17-19, 2019 Jesus and Politics Conference, Andrews University

On October 17-19, Andrews University will host a conference entitled Jesus and Politics: Christians, Liberty, and Justice Today, “featuring experts in church history, theology and activism, seeking to translate biblical teachings to our day through careful study, thought, and dialogue.” The following is an interview with Dr. Nicholas Miller, profes

January 12, 2019 – “Jesus and Politics”

January 12, 2019 – “Jesus and Politics”

On Sabbath afternoon of January 12, 2019 a presentation and panel discussion was held at Buller Hall located at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. The event was entitled “Jesus and Politics: Civic Lessons from the Sermons on the Mount.”   Even though the weather was quite uncooperative with heavy snow fall and freezing temperatures (ty

The Compass Headlines 06-16-2017

The Compass Headlines 06-16-2017

Southern Baptist Convention Rattled by Racism Throughout this past week, the Southern Baptist Convention was rattled this week with a resolution condemning white supremacy in the church.  However, by Thursday afternoon, a vote broke through that condemned the “anti-gospel, alt-right, white supremacy” movement. For more on race relations and the Chr

The Compass Headlines 04-30-2017

The Compass Headlines 04-30-2017

Alvin Plantinga is the 2017 Templeton Prize Winner It has been over a century since Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “God is dead.”  Is God really dead?  Well, not according to Alvin Plantinga, a world-renowned Christian philosopher with the Dutch Calvin heritage.  He is credited to be "the man who brought belief in God back into the study of phil

Parents Know Best: Government Vouchers and Adventist Education

Parents Know Best: Government Vouchers and Adventist Education

Introduction In 2001 when I arrived at the General Conference to begin representing the world church to the U.S. Government, I knew two things: First, religious freedom is a tremendous blessing given by God, and it is the unique responsibility of Adventists to defend it publicly. In so doing, we don’t only preserve a fundamental human right, we are