The Disciple’s Vocation, Part 2: Kingdom Sowers

The Disciple’s Vocation, Part 2: Kingdom Sowers

PAX ET SECURITAS, ‘Peace and security.’ PAX ROMANA, ‘Roman Peace.’ These were Rome’s promises. But the road between Capua and Rome seemed anything but peaceful that day in 71 B.C. as 6,000 dead and dying men lined the 120-mile span, the last prisoners of Spartacus’ slave revolt.[1] About every hundred feet, one would have seen a rebel grotesquely c

How Prophecy Reveals a God who is in Control

How Prophecy Reveals a God who is in Control

"Papa, buy for me asbestos." My 5-year-old boy pleaded with me recently. Like any curious parent, I asked him why he wanted asbestos. It turns out that they had been binge reading the apocalyptic book of Revelation. They had also been binge-watching YouTube videos that are connected with the second coming of Christ. There was mention of people runn

What Happened on Christmas?

What Happened on Christmas?

There are plenty of clues out there to convince us that whatever happened was important. The first affects everyone’s lives, Christian or not: the year. To this day, though most western governments pride themselves on a detachment from religion, Christmas remains the great pillar in time that splits our counting of the years in two. Instead of reck

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

“Out of Egypt I Called My Son”: Toward a Theology of Immigration

“Out of Egypt I Called My Son”: Toward a Theology of Immigration

A few days ago, I was struck by a modernized representation of the traditional scene of the flight of the “holy family” to Egypt. The iconographic painter Kelly Latimore, decided to turn Joseph, Mary, and Jesus into a Latino family of immigrants trying to cross the border into the United States at night.[i]   The issue of immigration and refug

Failure Has No Plural

Failure Has No Plural

I don’t think failures exist. I think situations that can be perceived as failures are just life experiences. Let’s take for example a biblical situation where people “pointed fingers” at a person, an attitude that can easily suggest they thought of her as having failed:   10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one c

Dumpster Diving for the Divine?

Dumpster Diving for the Divine?

A woman accidentally threw her wedding rings out with the trash. Colleen Dyckman, from Long Island, New York, USA, accidentally swept her engagement ring and wedding band into the garbage can while cooking for her family at home on Sunday evening. On Monday morning, when the 48-year-old realized what had happened, she chased the garbage truck to th