Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 4: The Justice of God

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 4: The Justice of God

If there ever was a need for the people of God to understand the justice of God, it would be during a time of both renewal and of judgment. Between the fall of the Northern Kingdom, Israel (ca. 722 B. C.) and the Southern Kingdom, Judah (ca. 586 B. C.), two prophets emerge on the scene during a time of national renewal and the coming judgment. Duri

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 3: The Nations

Social Justice in the Minor Prophets, Part 3: The Nations

It is difficult to see how much of the language concerning the nations is applicable today. I say that because sometimes the nations are God’s instrument to punish His covenant people[1] and sometimes God gives messages about His judgment against the nations.[2] I find it interesting that modern notions of social justice that try to utilize the Heb

Social Justice and the Minor Prophets, Part 1

Social Justice and the Minor Prophets, Part 1

God cares about people, and because we live in a world of sin, his care extends to advocating justice. However, one of the most misunderstood and misapplied aspects of theology in the Hebrew Bible (HB; what Christians call the Old Testament) is social justice. It has been so politicized in North America that no longer is the Bible central to our un

GC President Ted Wilson Answers Questions at Andrews University

GC President Ted Wilson Answers Questions at Andrews University

The following is a report on Ted Wilson’s interview at Andrews University, held on March 2, 2019 and conducted by the university’s president, Andrea Luxton. The questions were submitted during the week preceding the interview and were grouped and selected so as to cover the major areas of interest expressed in the submissions. The questions are rep

January 12, 2019 – “Jesus and Politics”

January 12, 2019 – “Jesus and Politics”

On Sabbath afternoon of January 12, 2019 a presentation and panel discussion was held at Buller Hall located at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. The event was entitled “Jesus and Politics: Civic Lessons from the Sermons on the Mount.”   Even though the weather was quite uncooperative with heavy snow fall and freezing temperatures (ty

The One Project Hosts a Gathering in Atlanta (Part 2: The Sunday Presentations)

The One Project Hosts a Gathering in Atlanta (Part 2: The Sunday Presentations)

Protest of the Center (Colossians 1:16-18) Brandy Kirstein is a stay-at-home mom, pastor’s wife, and doctoral student in family nursing practice in Collegedale, TN. She began her presentation by noting that, for a long time, the earth was believed to be the center of the universe. One of the reasons why this was deemed true was the conviction that

Equality Through Grace

Equality Through Grace

Grace. Salvation. The Kingdom of God. Words we typically associate with joy, thankfulness, and enthusiasm. Sometimes, though, our muddied understanding and egoistic expectations veil these realties with a cloud of distortion. This is well-illustrated by the parable of the vineyard workers—a story as rich in meaning as it is in details and literary

Senseless Killings, Societal Unrest, and a Rediscovery of Sabbath

Senseless Killings, Societal Unrest, and a Rediscovery of Sabbath

The recent back-to-back killings of two black men by police officers followed by the murder of five police officers during a Dallas protest has left many Americans hurting, angry, and searching for a resolution to the senseless killings, failings of the justice system, and societal unrest. As I’ve been reading through a number of articles, trying t