Our Thirst for God

Our Thirst for God

  ‘Why’ indeed. Jesus could have chosen to spare himself from a horrific death. In the first century, the Romans had perfected the ‘art’ of crucifixion. It was a slow, agonizing ordeal, intended to strip away all human dignity and send a macabre message of ‘obedience or death’ to all who might oppose them. As God, he understood the horror wait

Avoiding Pandemic Extremes

Avoiding Pandemic Extremes

Covid-19 Reactions With the global reaction to the Coronavirus thousands are thinking more about the end times now than they ever have in their lives. Country living is a hot topic now that people have witnessed the horrors of being on lockdown in some of the most famous cities in the world. Job loss, food shortages, and lack of resources due to wi

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13b: Baptism and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 13b: Baptism and Absurdity

There can be no great love without exclusivity. - Carol Grace   In the previous article, we explored how an experiential approach to baptism—one that emphasizes its romantic and metamorphic roots—is necessary for the secular man’s discipleship journey. The one-dimensional approach that often suffices for those who are brought up in church must

How to Survive Homeschooling Your Children, When You Never Decided to Homeschool Them In the First Place

How to Survive Homeschooling Your Children, When You Never Decided to Homeschool Them In the First Place

So, you are here. In a place, you never chose for yourself. At best it may seem like a position caused by a series of unfortunate events-homeschooling because of mandatory quarantine. Could it be, however, that this is not a series of unfortunate events, but rather an opportunity to create some of the best memories in your child’s life? I would lik

A Second Look at the Church and Social Justice: A Response to Tim Jennings

A Second Look at the Church and Social Justice: A Response to Tim Jennings

I know Tim Jennings as a Christian psychiatrist who came and spoke at a church I pastored a couple of years ago and I enjoyed his presentations. However, Jennings has recently written an article warning Christians to "Beware of the Social Justice Trap" I actually agree with many of the things he said and I encourage you to read it, but I would defi

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

“Where is God?” Finding God in the Midst of a Pandemic

We were having devotions one beautiful evening. We rehearsed a Bible reading that talked about God’s mercy. I can’t quite place my finger on the exact verse but before we could finish, we were all jolted by a loud "No! God is not merciful". We quickly established that it was my 8-year-old boy, Hiram Edson. He continued to rage, saying that if God w

The Bible: A Treasure Chest

The Bible: A Treasure Chest

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) It is of consequence to every one to know what the Bible teaches. Like the noble Bereans, we should search the Scriptures carefully, prayerfully, to become acquainted with the utterances of God. We should inquire, not what the minister, the church, or

Pests

Pests

Last summer, one of my interns brought me a squash leaf that obviously did not appear like it was in good shape. Instead of its normal green, lush fullness, this leaf was brown, brittle, and crumbly. My intern was perplexed because the squash plants in the garden had looked perfectly fine just two days before, but now, a large percentage of them lo

Being White

Being White

After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. They were shouting out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, to the one s