Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 2

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 2

In the previous article, I addressed the biblical basis for the concept of the “Divine Right of Kings,” or the logic that people in positions of authority, such as a king or president, derive their authority from God and not from the people. Thus, kings are God’s “chosen ones” and ought to be respected as such. The two main passages buttressing thi

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 1

Donald Trump and the Divine Right of Kings, Part 1

Donald Trump’s relationship with evangelicalism has been fascinating. On the one hand, they’ve formed arguably his largest support base,[1] hailing him as a hero “raised up by God”[2] to combat the “evils” of secularism, homosexuality, PC culture, immigration, and other perceived threats to American Christianity.[3] On the other hand, Christianity’

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

On the Question of Gay Identity and Christian Sexual Ethics

On the Question of Gay Identity and Christian Sexual Ethics

On the question of gay identity and Christian sexual ethics, I start with a bare-bones theology of group identity drawn from Acts 17:26–27. In his discourse at the Areopagus, Paul briefly laid out how the Athenians have already groped toward a knowledge of God. It is because God arranges history so that, through the formation and shifting of group

Our Thirst for God

Our Thirst for God

  ‘Why’ indeed. Jesus could have chosen to spare himself from a horrific death. In the first century, the Romans had perfected the ‘art’ of crucifixion. It was a slow, agonizing ordeal, intended to strip away all human dignity and send a macabre message of ‘obedience or death’ to all who might oppose them. As God, he understood the horror wait

Avoiding Pandemic Extremes

Avoiding Pandemic Extremes

Covid-19 Reactions With the global reaction to the Coronavirus thousands are thinking more about the end times now than they ever have in their lives. Country living is a hot topic now that people have witnessed the horrors of being on lockdown in some of the most famous cities in the world. Job loss, food shortages, and lack of resources due to wi

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

How to Survive Homeschooling Your Children, When You Never Decided to Homeschool Them In the First Place

How to Survive Homeschooling Your Children, When You Never Decided to Homeschool Them In the First Place

So, you are here. In a place, you never chose for yourself. At best it may seem like a position caused by a series of unfortunate events-homeschooling because of mandatory quarantine. Could it be, however, that this is not a series of unfortunate events, but rather an opportunity to create some of the best memories in your child’s life? I would lik

A Second Look at the Church and Social Justice: A Response to Tim Jennings

A Second Look at the Church and Social Justice: A Response to Tim Jennings

I know Tim Jennings as a Christian psychiatrist who came and spoke at a church I pastored a couple of years ago and I enjoyed his presentations. However, Jennings has recently written an article warning Christians to "Beware of the Social Justice Trap" I actually agree with many of the things he said and I encourage you to read it, but I would defi