What Is the Church? Ephesians’ Cosmic Vision

What Is the Church? Ephesians’ Cosmic Vision

“The church is not just a building, it is the people.” “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a club for saints.” “The church should be the safest place on earth.”   That’s it. Those three statements exhaust the popular understanding of the church. Ecclesiology has essentially been reduced to a few catchphrases. They work well because they

Word Games

Word Games

As I recalled a discussion I had with a cousin of mine from one of my African villages about a particular dress code at church, I realized just how significant a difference there is between the mentalities in churches based in village areas vs. urban areas. It became evident to me that, as a people, we sometimes create laws for ourselves which are

Of Race & Character

Of Race & Character

None of us choose the time or place in which we are born. Neither do we get to dictate the makeup of our DNA, or have our genetic information expressed in such a way as to somehow make our lives conveniently situated. Although the technology of medicine has made leaps and bounds in eliminating various birth defects and other genetic tendencies to h

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 3)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 3)

The Future of Christian Socio-Politics and the Rise of GloboChristianity One might wonder what the future holds for American Christianity in its polarized socio-political climate. In itself, no reconciliation appears possible through continued dialogue. Were the Right and Left to remain true to their present purposes, they would be incompatible phi

Sharing Your Talent

Sharing Your Talent

The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. "Sir," he said, "you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made." His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have shown you are trustworthy in small things; I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master's happ

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

The Rise of Global Christianity (Part 2)

What is the relevance of all of the above for Seventh-day Adventists? There are several possible ways of answering this question. Foremost among such responses is that American Adventists and Catholics closely share an important corporate identity marker that is somewhat unusual in the religious world for large ecclesiastically united religious gro

Unity of the Church

Unity of the Church

As all the different members of the human system unite to form the body, and each performs its office in obedience to the intelligence that governs the whole, so the members of the church of Christ should be united in one symmetrical body, subject to the sanctified intelligence of the whole. The advancement of the church is often retarded by the wr

Unity & Love Among Believers

Unity & Love Among Believers

The Spirit of God will not abide where there is disunion and contention among believers in the truth. Even if these feelings are unexpressed, they take possession of the heart and drive out the peace and love that should characterize the Christian church. They are the result of selfishness in its fullest sense. This evil may take the form of inordi