The Presidential Race, American Christianity, and Adventism

The Presidential Race, American Christianity, and Adventism

It’s a presidential election season here in the US. The candidates from the two major parties, Democrat and Republican, have all put forth their credentials for the voters to decide on their eligibility for the highest office in the country. As can be expected, the candidates have vigorously defined, defended, and redefined their past, present, and

Adventists and Politics, Part 2: Partisan Politics and Public Service

Adventists and Politics, Part 2: Partisan Politics and Public Service

In Part 1 I drew three conclusions from inspired counsel on the subject of voting. These were: we are to cast our vote "on the side of temperance and virtue"; if we vote, "keep your voting to yourself. Do not feel it your duty to urge everyone to do as you do"; and we are to stand free from political strife and corruption. Having considered these p

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

Ben Carson’s Complex Identity

I can still remember my mother reading to me from the book Gifted Hands, Dr. Ben Carson’s chronicle of his rise from the ghettos of Detroit to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as the director of pediatric neurosurgery. It was a story so powerful that it resonated with even me: a white kid in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. The book’s likely

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the American Political Landscape

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the American Political Landscape

According to the Pew Research Center, more than 78 percent of Americans have a positive view of the current pope. It is no surprise that ever since the House Speaker, John Boehner, announced Pope Francis’s agreement to speak to a joint U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, 2015, there seems to be a “Francis Effect” taking place both in U.S. politics and among

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 2)

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 2)

Most people have an idea of what justice is, what it should look like, and how it should operate on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, a just society has eluded us from that fateful moment when through our progenitor’s logic and the bite of an apple, a world was unveiled that was full of iniquity, and hence, inequity. Fortunately for all of us, a p