Loren Seibold

High-Contrast Morality

Recently a friend (who, like me, grew up in an extremely Seventh-day Adventist family) and I were talking about the legalization of marijuana in Washington State, where both of us have lived. Something that was presented to us as instantly life-destroying can now be purchased in a store! The way our parents and teachers had taught us, marijuana wasn’t just something to avoid, but something that if used once would destroy you forever.

Does Sports Matter Too Much?

To point out instances where we human beings don’t practice consistent values is easy. Things that should be important aren’t, and things that aren’t important get elevated to the status of “central to life”.

Orar por (lo que ya hemos decidido que es) la voluntad de Dios

Los acontecimientos que han tenido lugar en la reunión del Concilio Anual como reacción a que varias uniones hayan dado inicio a la ordenación de la mujer, no deberían sorprender a nadie. Las organizaciones jerárquicas siempre se aseguran de que la cúspide de la jerarquía tenga la última palabra. Pero eso es normal, y no entiendo por qué algunos esperaban otra cosa.

Resurrecting a Forgotten Adventist Teaching

I’ve been a Seventh-day Adventist my entire life, and three generations of family before me. I’ve been to Adventist schools (two religion degrees from Adventist universities), and have read all the important Adventist books. I rather pride myself that I know the Seventh-day Adventist faith.

Our Nutty Fringe

On the day the Waco standoff came to a climax, I was on my way to a class with a dozen other pastors of various denominations for my doctoral program at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Naturally, everyone was talking about it when I arrived. I remember the teacher turning to me as I walked in and saying, “Loren can tell us about these Waco people. They’re Seventh-day Adventists.”

Praying for (What We’ve Already Decided Is) God’s Will

The events at the recent Annual Council meeting in response to a few unions initiating women’s ordination shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Hierarchical organizations will always make sure the top of the hierarchy gets the last word. But that’s normal, and I’m not sure why anyone would have expected anything else. Neither should we be surprised at the steady magnetic draw that these leaders feel toward the least adventurous option, nor their reluctance to trust fully a democratic system. We must expect that, too.

Islam in Bible Prophecy

A few months back I wrote here, as evidence of the dynamic nature of Adventist theology, of the apparent disappearance from our teachings of Turkey as the country represented by Daniel 11’s King of the North.

Holy Bricks

Not long ago my brother sent me a link to a site about abandoned places in North Dakota. The abandoned place we were interested in was Sheyenne River Academy, the Seventh-day Adventist boarding school where I and thousands of other midwestern Adventist teens got our diplomas. The background story is that after 3/4 of a century of operation, the old campus several miles outside Harvey was run down. Though it was in the center of the state, it wasn’t in the center of Adventist population.

Making NY13 Work

Without your love

I only hear the loudest voices

The ones with something new to sell

And now it's all

Big talk, big name, big noise, New York

—Donald Fagen, “Big Noise, New York”

Why Ordination for Women Pastors May Be a Disappointment

 

With a couple of union conferences gathering for special constituency meetings (which are expensive, and not convened lightly) to discuss and vote on women’s ordination, there is an electric anticipation in the Adventist air right now. We may be on the verge of realizing a long-anticipated goal.

I hope, like many of you, that these constituents vote to ordain women pastors. But there’s something that could happen that might be almost as bad as losing the vote. It would be to win the vote, but not achieve what we won it for.



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