Confessions of an End-Times Preacher: Hype, Headlines, or the Blessed Hope?

Confessions of an End-Times Preacher: Hype, Headlines, or the Blessed Hope?

September 11, 2001, was my generation’s Pearl Harbor.  I was awakened by my grandfather who exclaimed in his native tongue that New York was in chaos.  I turned on the television in my room and I saw a strange sight.  I saw one of the Twin Towers with a gaping hole with smoke coming out of it and I was perplexed that the other tower was missing.  I

Last Generation Theology, Part 11: Ellen White on Justification and Sanctification

Last Generation Theology, Part 11: Ellen White on Justification and Sanctification

In the previous article, we looked at Ellen White’s conversion story and her struggles with her personal salvation. We also touched on White’s view of sin, atonement, human nature, Christ’s nature, and her early understanding of justification. In this installment, we will zoom in on her views on justification and sanctification. As the previous art

Where Does Our Righteousness Come From?

Where Does Our Righteousness Come From?

The Original Garment By the wedding garment in the parable is represented the pure, spotless character which Christ's true followers will possess. To the church it is given “that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white,” “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.”[1] The fine linen, says the Scripture, “is the righteousness of sa

What Two Speakers at the 1888 Message Study Committee’s Conference Taught Me About Faith in God — And About God’s Faith in Man

What Two Speakers at the 1888 Message Study Committee’s Conference Taught Me About Faith in God — And About God’s Faith in Man

The recent 2018 conference of the 1888 Message Study Committee offered a rich assortment of messages designed to strengthen the faith of believers in what Ellen G. White called "a most precious message." In the first installment of my report on this event, I gave a general overview of the sessions presented. In this installment, I will employ a mor

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

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

Doing Good to All

Doing Good to All

We are living in tempestuous times. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is not immune to the tide of decreased membership, spiritual atrophy and disillusionment that is sweeping sectors of Christianity. If the church is to survive, it needs to be open, relevant, and inclusive in its presentation of the gospel to the world. The local church is key to t

The Victorious Christian Life

The Victorious Christian Life

Do you recall when you first gave your life to Christ? I mean, the kind where you found yourself walking down to the front of the church with sweaty hands, perhaps with a burning sensation in your heart, and a driving need to connect and find out more about God? Maybe you weren’t in a church at all. You may have been down at the beach, on a mountai