The 2020 US Election and the Second Angel’s Message

The 2020 US Election and the Second Angel’s Message

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.”   The above poem

The Disciple’s Vocation, Part 3: Co-Sufferers

The Disciple’s Vocation, Part 3: Co-Sufferers

ישו הנצרי מלך היהודים Ο ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ ΤΩΝ ΙΟΥΔΑΙΩΝ ΟΥΤΟΣ REX IUDAEORUM HIC EST Three Languages, one message: This is the king of the Jews. In other words, what do you think of your king now? As John and the three Mary’s (Jesus’ Mother, her sister, and Mary Magdalene) watched the culmination of that most horrific day, they couldn’t help but think, “it wa

The Disciple’s Vocation, Part 2: Kingdom Sowers

The Disciple’s Vocation, Part 2: Kingdom Sowers

PAX ET SECURITAS, ‘Peace and security.’ PAX ROMANA, ‘Roman Peace.’ These were Rome’s promises. But the road between Capua and Rome seemed anything but peaceful that day in 71 B.C. as 6,000 dead and dying men lined the 120-mile span, the last prisoners of Spartacus’ slave revolt.[1] About every hundred feet, one would have seen a rebel grotesquely c

How Prophecy Reveals a God who is in Control

How Prophecy Reveals a God who is in Control

"Papa, buy for me asbestos." My 5-year-old boy pleaded with me recently. Like any curious parent, I asked him why he wanted asbestos. It turns out that they had been binge reading the apocalyptic book of Revelation. They had also been binge-watching YouTube videos that are connected with the second coming of Christ. There was mention of people runn

What Happened on Christmas?

What Happened on Christmas?

There are plenty of clues out there to convince us that whatever happened was important. The first affects everyone’s lives, Christian or not: the year. To this day, though most western governments pride themselves on a detachment from religion, Christmas remains the great pillar in time that splits our counting of the years in two. Instead of reck

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 2

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 2

Desire needs mystery. - Esther Perel In the previous article, we saw that mission in emerging secular contexts requires the church to shift from the centralization of rational discourse toward a more holistic rhythm that balances gnosis (knowledge), koinonia (relationships), and doulos (service). In fact, it is the element of service that, in the p

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 1

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 1

Most Seventh-day Adventists and Adventist churches I know are functionally binitarian. - David Hamstra In his book “The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated”, authors James Emery White makes a remarkable observation about contemporary mission. In the olden days, he argues, a church could reach its community by

“Out of Egypt I Called My Son”: Toward a Theology of Immigration

“Out of Egypt I Called My Son”: Toward a Theology of Immigration

A few days ago, I was struck by a modernized representation of the traditional scene of the flight of the “holy family” to Egypt. The iconographic painter Kelly Latimore, decided to turn Joseph, Mary, and Jesus into a Latino family of immigrants trying to cross the border into the United States at night.[i]   The issue of immigration and refug