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May 20, 2019

It’s Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, and as we taxi our mission plane up to the parking spot in Papua, Indonesia, Gary and I are oblivious as to what happened at home base last night.

May 17, 2019

In the case of Burundi, the core violation of religious liberty is the refusal of the government to accept the decision of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to elect its leaders in freedom and without interference.

May 16, 2019

How we relate to sexual orientation has become a key defining issue of our era. Our leaders are careful to seem supportive of the LGBTQ community without giving up on long established church teaching that God still frowns on all non-heterosexual sex expressions. But the real story is our continued opposition to their cry for fair treatment. When we fail to remember our status as minorities, we risk being intolerant of today’s subgroups.


May 9, 2019

Institutional Adventism struggles with a hypertrophic disorder, which in medicine involves an organ thickening and becoming stiffer. But a strong and an efficient church doesn’t necessarily mean a better church. A “Hypertrophic body” is big but dysfunctional. Impressive but, in the end, nearly useless because it is unable to adequately address the disparate, unique situations which often are not immediately visible, and don’t create clear consensus.

May 6, 2019

What can five gay TV personalities teach 21st century Christians about grace? Before considering this question, perhaps we should ask another. What can one Samaritan teach 1st century Jews about mercy? Quite a lot, it turns out. When questioned by an expert in Jewish law, Jesus answered with a parable about robbery, religion, and unlikely rescue on the road to Jericho (Luke 10:25-37).

May 3, 2019

A lot of young adults have had frustrating experiences with “the grown-ups.” We feel judged and misunderstood; we see deficiencies in our leaders and bristle at their hypocrisy. However, I believe it’s hasty to assume our church’s issues stem exclusively from out-of-touch older members. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a complex body, and the viruses and diseases it suffers from don’t all come from one germ.

May 2, 2019

Dorcas. Community Services. Outreach Ministry. It has many names throughout our churches and it often gets a bad reputation. We can be relevant but it may not always be trendy or get applause. But we help others not to be revered by humans, but because we are doing God’s work on earth. 

May 1, 2019

Jesus knew, understood, and appreciated the talents and skills of women, and He was not going to permit societal tradition to hinder Him from efficiently utilizing those skills.

April 25, 2019

As Christians, it is important for us to find a sense of balance. We can’t be too salty, but we also have to avoid not being salty enough. We must shine our light, but not too much. I fear that we are so afraid of being not enough that we err on the side of being too much.

April 24, 2019

We do not deal too well with diversity and most of us are dedicated to keeping our status quo (yes, even the fighting) out of fear. Thus, we must immediately recognize such an unfortunate reality and be honest about our role in its perpetuation.


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