Pope Francis’s Growing Global Influence

Pope Francis’s Growing Global Influence

Today, Sept. 24, 2015, will go down in the annals of history as the day the tide shifted. Never in the history of the Republic has a pope or any other religious leader addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress. In his approximately 50-minute speech, Pope Francis moved many members of Congress to tears as he invoked the need to listen to the “v

Refugees and the Search for Security

Refugees and the Search for Security

Syrian refugees, the capsizing boats of immigrants, and the U.S. immigration policy toward those fleeing their countries in search of better lives have been heated topics in recent news headlines. While countries like Germany briefly opened their borders, the Canadian government has pledged up to $75 million (in US dollars) after it was criticized

The Economy, the Pope, and the Gospel

The Economy, the Pope, and the Gospel

On the morning of August 24, the Dow Jones plunged 1000 points to further heighten fears of a possible global economic crisis ahead. Economists and other observers have cited, among others, these causes for their concerns: China’s market volatility; the fall of oil prices from $100 per barrel last summer to below $50; the struggling price of copper

Infographic: Pope Francis Visits the United States

Infographic: Pope Francis Visits the United States

Pope Francis will make an “apostolic journey” to the United States Sept. 22-27, where he will become the first pope to address a joint session of Congress. The infographic below highlights key events on the papal itinerary. Seventh-day Adventists, who see prophetic significance in the pope’s increasing influence over world affairs, have planned sev

Martyrdom and Witnessing

Martyrdom and Witnessing

The recent news of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) beheading 21 Coptic Christian men renews the profound discussion of martyrdom and witnessing. The Greek word martus implies a witness. The term first appeared in Christian literature in reference to the apostles as the first “witnesses” to the life, works, death, and resurrection of Jesus Ch

(Re)Defining American Religious Liberty

(Re)Defining American Religious Liberty

Once again, religious liberty is in the crossfire. The firing of Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his personal views on homosexuality has reignited the debate about religious vs. sexual liberty. But who defines freedom and its limitations? Has religious liberty become a relic of the past? Has it become a “myth,” an “impossibility,” or a “trag

Pope Francis Brokers Deal Between the U.S. and Cuba

Pope Francis Brokers Deal Between the U.S. and Cuba

In a historic move, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to bridge the 50-year old divide between the countries and restore full diplomatic relations. The key figure in this deal was the Vatican. According to the NYTimes, [Pope] Francis is being credited for helping bridge the divide by first sending letters to President Obama and President Raúl Castro of

New “Left Behind” Movie Opens in Theaters

New “Left Behind” Movie Opens in Theaters

Following their popular novel, Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, today a movie also called Left Behind will appear in the theaters. It's unfortunate to see this popular story with no biblical evidence gaining so much publicity and attention. How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen is short expose chronic

Caught Up in the Rapture: How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen

Caught Up in the Rapture: How Bad Theology Hit the Big Screen

Here we go again. Just when we thought the Left Behind series had finally been…well…left behind, we are greeted with a remake of the movie version. Did we need a remake? For fans of the novels, probably—the first movies were abysmal. For popular preachers seeking converts, definitely. Rapture theology has become as effective as hell in terms of exc