Where Is Our Focus?: Women’s Ordination from an Outsider’s Perspective

Where Is Our Focus?: Women’s Ordination from an Outsider’s Perspective

There are three reasons why I am an outsider to the women’s ordination (WO) debate. First, as a man, my perspective is distinctly limited. Second, I am not a theologian. Third, I live in a context that makes the WO debate seem pedantic. The last point will be the focus of this blog. I serve as the country director for an International Non-Governmen

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

In a landmark decision last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage. The Court has made gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right for everyone in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy said, No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devot

Why We’re Not Ready for a Doctrinal Vote on Women’s Ordination

Why We’re Not Ready for a Doctrinal Vote on Women’s Ordination

I do not enjoy discussing or talking about the question of women’s ordination publicly, as it always seems to stir up unpleasant conversations these days, and I dislike controversies with my fellow believers and friends, with whom I so often agree. Nevertheless, the issue is upon us, and so I’ve decided to offer a few words about why, sadly, I fear

The Difficult Road to San Antonio

The Difficult Road to San Antonio

As the world church nears its 60th General Conference Session, the subject of women’s ordination keeps getting louder and louder (did we forget about another crucial vote on Fundamental Belief #6, about creation?). A plethora of materials (I won’t even attempt to catalog all of them) from both pro and anti camps are circulating via the mail and the

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

In his commentary Luke for Everyone, N.T. Wright shares an anecdote, perhaps apocryphal though repeated by many, about the Russian Orthodox Church during pre-communist Russia. Apparently, in October of 1917, a contentious, drawn-out debate broke out among the church’s leadership during its synod in Moscow. What was it about? The color of clerical v

The Church Is in Good Hands

The Church Is in Good Hands

I've heard it all. The church is going to split. The next thing to happen will be gay marriage in the church. After that, the Sabbath will not matter. Conferences will leave the fold. Tithe might be garnished to stay within a conference if women’s ordination doesn’t pass. Add to those much-gossiped fears a few varieties of creative theology, and yo

Unity and Divisions: 5 Lessons From Acts 15

Unity and Divisions: 5 Lessons From Acts 15

Today the Seventh-day Adventist Church is facing issue after issue. In light of Acts 15, what lessons can the church learn for handling controversial issues? Acts 15 comes at the heels of Paul and Barnabas’s first missionary journey. During this first journey, these men went from Antioch to Cyprus. From there they traveled to the lands of Galatia:

Women’s Ordination:  Events, Video, and Concerns

Women’s Ordination: Events, Video, and Concerns

As the Seventh-day Adventist Church prepares for the 60th General Conference Session this summer in San Antonio, July 2-11, the biggest issue on most people’s minds is the subject of women’s ordination. Currently, various interest groups are voicing their opinions. Last fall, we reported about the "Women’s Ordination Symposium" by the Secrets Unsea