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March 15, 2019

The idea in this paper is how to use Baudrillard’s illusion of the end of history as a helpful and corrective tool for too self-confident Christian (Adventist) interpretation of linear history, especially in the 21st century — a century of acceleration, digitalization, genetic screening, simulative realities, artificial intelligence (disappearance of a human being), etc. The Church has something to learn in this regard from Baudrillard’s illusion of the end and distrust of purpose and meaning.

open bible
March 14, 2019

Adventism has developed a static approach to theology. The Bible is God’s testimony that allows various possible readings. To elevate one’s own biblical interpretation to be unique – is idolatrous. It perpetuates subcultural biases, contradictions and fears by giving them a biblical endorsement.

March 11, 2019

We are a church of two realities and two narratives. There is a story of listening, engagement, and transparency being talked of, but not being lived up to. For the protestors and others, it is still quite overcast. We are living in a constant state of contradictions within our denomination, and this protest just adds another layer to an already eternally cloudy season.

March 8, 2019

Many consider Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s (1906-1945) ministry and writings to be a modern-day embodiment of how the Gospel message should be made relevant, intellectually responsible, prophetically vibrant, and ethically transformative for both the Church and society.

Swiss Army Knife
March 7, 2019

God has blessed our church with so many gifts, but each member is needed. How much more effective could we be if we tapped into the right gifts for the right tasks, and allowed pastors to pastor, instead of expecting them to be a jack of all trades and master of none.

March 4, 2019

I was interested to read Ted Wilson’s article “Keep Pressing On” in the February 2019 edition of Adventist World and hear his thoughts on what this looks like in 2019. I found the article thought-provoking, however it left me with a number of questions.

February 28, 2019

Several elements of yesterday's Michael Cohen hearing raise the specter of White privilege: 1) the presentation of a silent Black woman as a defense against racism; 2) the use of friends and family members of color as a shield against racism; 3) using an accusation of racism to shut down a racial critique. Each of these are signs of a privilege used to avoid critical engagement.

February 27, 2019

There’s a tendency to blame disagreements in the Adventist church on conflict between generations.

February 24, 2019

The battle that antitrinitarians are bringing at this late hour is a distraction. It’s not whether you can correctly guess at what God is, it’s really whether you embrace the model of his selfless, sacrificial love and put his ways into practice. It’s not what God is that matters, but who God is.

February 21, 2019

Whether in doctrines or lifestyle choices, we should eschew purity positions and aim for edifying discourses that inform, enlighten and build us up as a community. Our goal should be to enlarge God’s tent, not shrink it by insisting on a purity ritual. In doing this we recognize that we are a part of humanity with intersecting destinies.