Near to the Heart of Poverty

Near to the Heart of Poverty

One Sabbath, I headed out on my own to do outreach. After about five minutes of walking down the streets of Toronto, I noticed a homeless woman sitting cross-legged in the back corner of a store. She was young, had cropped red hair, and was wearing a faint white t-shirt that barely fit over her wide belly – It took a mere couple of seconds for me t

Where Is Our Focus?: Women’s Ordination from an Outsider’s Perspective

Where Is Our Focus?: Women’s Ordination from an Outsider’s Perspective

There are three reasons why I am an outsider to the women’s ordination (WO) debate. First, as a man, my perspective is distinctly limited. Second, I am not a theologian. Third, I live in a context that makes the WO debate seem pedantic. The last point will be the focus of this blog. I serve as the country director for an International Non-Governmen

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

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 1)

Sitting with the Sages: Justice, Ethics, and Adventism (Part 1)

The Greek philosopher Socrates was known as the gadfly of the state because he attempted to “sting” his Athenian contemporaries into consideration of the justice and rightness of their actions. In his book Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ, Peter Kreeft addresses the gadfly phenomenon by exploring Je