Islam Projected to Pass Christianity in the 21st Century

Islam Projected to Pass Christianity in the 21st Century

According to the latest Pew Research Center projections, Islam, with a 73 percent increase rate, will be the fastest growing world religion between now and 2050. At such a growth rate, Islam is positioned to pass Christianity in numbers by 2070. This Islamic increase is largely attributed to the highest fertility rate of 3.1 percent coupled with a

Unity and Divisions: 5 Lessons From Acts 15

Unity and Divisions: 5 Lessons From Acts 15

Today the Seventh-day Adventist Church is facing issue after issue. In light of Acts 15, what lessons can the church learn for handling controversial issues? Acts 15 comes at the heels of Paul and Barnabas’s first missionary journey. During this first journey, these men went from Antioch to Cyprus. From there they traveled to the lands of Galatia:

Separate Conferences and a Lesson from Rwanda

Separate Conferences and a Lesson from Rwanda

In the space of 100 days, more than a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu died during the bloody Rwandan genocide of 1994. In the aftermath of such horrors, the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rwanda faced the daunting task of helping church members forgive and reconcile with the killers, some of whom were church leaders. Was the church going to elect

Fragmenting American Protestantism and the Rise of Catholicism

Fragmenting American Protestantism and the Rise of Catholicism

Since the founding of the republic, America has been seen as a Protestant nation. From the first immigrants to arrive on the shores of this country to the constitution that defined and made this nation great—it was a country under God. Commenting on the greatness of America, Alexis de Tocqueville, the French political writer, is famously known to h

Martyrdom and Witnessing

Martyrdom and Witnessing

The recent news of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) beheading 21 Coptic Christian men renews the profound discussion of martyrdom and witnessing. The Greek word martus implies a witness. The term first appeared in Christian literature in reference to the apostles as the first “witnesses” to the life, works, death, and resurrection of Jesus Ch

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Over the past 12 months, hundreds of news outlets and blog sites have covered Ryan Bell’s “gut-wrenching decision” to leave behind his faith and embrace atheism. Nothing, however, gives us a glimpse inside Bell’s mind like the article he penned for CNN himself. He writes, I questioned the problem of evils and God's general silence and inactivity. I

Women’s Ordination:  Events, Video, and Concerns

Women’s Ordination: Events, Video, and Concerns

As the Seventh-day Adventist Church prepares for the 60th General Conference Session this summer in San Antonio, July 2-11, the biggest issue on most people’s minds is the subject of women’s ordination. Currently, various interest groups are voicing their opinions. Last fall, we reported about the "Women’s Ordination Symposium" by the Secrets Unsea

(Re)Defining American Religious Liberty

(Re)Defining American Religious Liberty

Once again, religious liberty is in the crossfire. The firing of Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his personal views on homosexuality has reignited the debate about religious vs. sexual liberty. But who defines freedom and its limitations? Has religious liberty become a relic of the past? Has it become a “myth,” an “impossibility,” or a “trag