Reimagining Adventism, Part 7b: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 7b: The Nature of Man and Absurdity

We are not beings born totally depraved. We are beings in need of healing. - Jordan Sutton   In the 2017 sci-fi thriller “Life”, a space crew fights to survive an alien creature that is both hostile and seemingly impossible to destroy. As the film reaches its climax, however, there the viewer can discern a rising tension between nihilism and h

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Human Nature of Christ

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 3: The Human Nature of Christ

Many don’t realize it, but the very first doctrine articulated in the New Testament is that of Christ’s human nature: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham (Matt. 1:1).[1] People often wonder why the writers of Scripture included those long lists of genealogies—the “begats,” as some call them. I believe on

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 2: The Nature of Sin

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 2: The Nature of Sin

Both camps in the debate over Last Generation Theology agree that the position one takes on the nature of sin is foundational so far as one’s beliefs regarding salvation and perfection are concerned[1].  But it is here where convictions held by the two sides part company. Supporters of Last Generation Theology believe sin in human lives is the resu

Is God Okay with Genocide? Part 3

Is God Okay with Genocide? Part 3

Initially, the discussion on genocide in the Joshua campaign was limited to a two-part series. I wrote my contextualizing piece, trying to place the story in its own context and left it at that. Typically, I find that satisfactory. After all, I am an exegete, not a theologian in the classical sense. My job is to understand what the text meant and I

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 2: The Law

The Unbearable Failure of Last Generation Theology, Part 2: The Law

When debating the nature of sin, LGT (Last Generation Theology) proponents will often appeal to John’s words “sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4) They will also supplement this with Ellen Whites statement that “we are given no other definition of sin in the Bible then that it is the ‘transgression of the law.’”[1] From here, the LGT

Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Ellen White on Sin and Human Nature

Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Ellen White on Sin and Human Nature

A prominent Adventist scholar who has studied the topic of salvation in Ellen White is Woodrow W. Whidden. His book Ellen White on Salvation”[1] is a classic chronological study of our prophet’s views on this important theme. Given that such a study already exists, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Therefore, this two-part article will be a s

Last Generation Theology, Part 6: Biblical Perspectives: Sin

Last Generation Theology, Part 6: Biblical Perspectives: Sin

When you think about sin do you define it as a noun, a verb, or a mode of being? Or maybe a combination of these? How we define sin is very important because it deeply influences our understanding of salvation theoretically and our process of salvation practically. Salvation is, after all, salvation from sin, so what is it that we are saved from an

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 2: Why the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment Doesn’t Matter

The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment, Part 2: Why the Pre-Advent Investigative Judgment Doesn’t Matter

The saddest thing that could have happened to us, will be the saddest thing that could happen to us, and that is to become irrelevant. ― S. H. Khan Welcome back to part two of the series, “The Death and Rebirth of the Investigative Judgment”. In the introduction, I asked the overarching question, “Does the Investigative Judgment Matter?” in which I