Are Inauthentic Christians Responsible for the Rise of Atheism?

Are Inauthentic Christians Responsible for the Rise of Atheism?

Let me do a critical take on an old chestnut. Maybe it's not that old, but it's been around as long as I can remember. It has to do with “religion” being the main reason why people don't believe in God.   Brennan Manning (1934–2013) put it like this:   The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge J

How Martin Luther Transformed Marriage

How Martin Luther Transformed Marriage

With my wedding, I have made the angels laugh and the devils weep. (Martin Luther) Marriages and families are facing increasing pressure, due of the stress of modern life. Divorce rates among Christians are comparable to those among secular couples. Christian homes are being broken and disrupted at an alarming rate. Marriage rates in America are at

Reformation: Personal from the Start

Reformation: Personal from the Start

Champions of Reformation During my days at the University of Ghana, I became the executive secretary of the Adventist student fellowship on campus. The doctrines and details of Adventism were rather new to me—not so much the Sabbath, although I had only recently grasped the biblical foundations of that doctrine. Rather, the greatest new realization

Imperfect Martin Luther: News Surrounding the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Imperfect Martin Luther: News Surrounding the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Imperfect Martin Luther As we continue to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, along with the many achievements resulting from it, it can be easy for us to forget that these men and women were far from perfect. Writing on Luther’s view of the Jews, Bernard Howard gave this candid view: Luther is to me both hero and anti-he

The Gospel in the Sanctuary (Lesson 5, Q4 2017)

The Gospel in the Sanctuary (Lesson 5, Q4 2017)

This week's Sabbath School lesson continues with a study of the fourth chapter of Romans. This chapter is intriguing because it functions as a sort of interlude between chapters 3 and 5—both of which take more of a theological approach to justification and related topics. Chapter 4, by contrast, is more of a case study of justification in practice.

The Fundamentals of the Gospel (Lesson 3, Q4 2017)

The Fundamentals of the Gospel (Lesson 3, Q4 2017)

We have come to the first of this quarter’s lessons which actually takes up the study of the text itself. This week, we will be examining the first two chapters of Romans. The previous two weeks were introductory in nature, discussing context and historical background. As we begin a more direct study of the Word, let’s put on our seat belts and go

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 3)

The Alter-Protestants: Exploring Adventism’s Radical Identity (Part 3)

Adventism is protestant. And yet there is something about us that makes us weird. In the previous post we identified that hardly anything Adventism believes is uniquely Adventist. So it’s not our "doctrines" that make us weird. Even the ones that we have developed and call our own are built upon foundations that are entirely non-Adventist. We did n