Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 3

“Love one another…” - The New Testament   In the previous articles, we explored two main themes. The first was the Spirit’s experiential utility. Here we discovered that the active presence of the Spirit among us is not merely a nebulous theological concept but rather a tangible reality that has practical use in the realm of post-church missio

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 2

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 2

Desire needs mystery. - Esther Perel In the previous article, we saw that mission in emerging secular contexts requires the church to shift from the centralization of rational discourse toward a more holistic rhythm that balances gnosis (knowledge), koinonia (relationships), and doulos (service). In fact, it is the element of service that, in the p

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 1

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 1

Most Seventh-day Adventists and Adventist churches I know are functionally binitarian. - David Hamstra In his book “The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated”, authors James Emery White makes a remarkable observation about contemporary mission. In the olden days, he argues, a church could reach its community by

Reimagining Adventism: The Lords Supper and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: The Lords Supper and Absurdity, Part 3

The greatest among you will be your servant. - Jesus   In the previous two articles, we explored the ritual of the Lord's Supper with a focus on transplanting its timeless themes to the present age. The conclusion of this journey was a simple reclaiming of the biblical communion expression—an expression rooted in Hebraic materiality which cele

Reimagining Adventism: Absurdity and the Lord’s Supper, Part 2

Reimagining Adventism: Absurdity and the Lord’s Supper, Part 2

God creates everything out of nothing. And everything which God is to use, he first reduces to nothing. - Soren Kierkegaard In the previous article, we explored three interconnected themes. The first is that emerging generations find value in the ancient. Therefore, in seeking to connect with contemporary seekers, the church should not be driven by

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

Why Your Church Must Change, Even if You Don’t Want It To

I need you to use your imagination with me today.   But first, let me paint a picture.   Just a few months ago, most of our churches were tracking along as usual. We had lots of events, a big central program every weekend that we put most of our energy into, and our usual Sabbath Schools, prayer meetings, etc.   Then, along came the

Reimagining Adventism: Baptism and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: Baptism and Absurdity, Part 3

Every institution that we trust lies to us. - Dave Chapelle In the previous article, we touched on the nature of inclusivity and exclusivity in the church. We saw that the church can be passively exclusive while imagining itself actively inclusive by nurturing structures, cultures, and systems that are designed for one kind of demographic. In Adven

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