How True Education Can Change the World

How True Education Can Change the World

Humans have a tendency to polarize on key issues. Throughout the current U.S. presidential race, partisan conflicts have raged over issues from immigration to abortion, gay rights to gun control. In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, theological debates continue to divide us over issues ranging from the nature of Christ to music in the church. The d

“Race” and the Adventist Church

“Race” and the Adventist Church

Considering the place of notions of “race,” “ethnicity,” and “culture” in the Christian Church, and in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in particular, first calls for clarifications. It should be noted that these three notions, which are taken for granted, are all constructed in nature. Of all three, the term “culture” can perhaps be considered the

Surrogate Motherhood, Church Attendance, and the Morality of Same-Sex Attraction: An Analysis of Issues Raised by the Seminary’s Statement on Homosexuality

Surrogate Motherhood, Church Attendance, and the Morality of Same-Sex Attraction: An Analysis of Issues Raised by the Seminary’s Statement on Homosexuality

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary’s “An Understanding of the Biblical View on Homosexual Practice and Pastoral Care” is an excellent statement of the Bible’s unequivocal condemnation of same-sex sexual activity. It upholds our high view of Scripture as the Word of God and affirms that God’s Word, not shifting cultural norms, is determi

Adventists and Politics, Part 2: Partisan Politics and Public Service

Adventists and Politics, Part 2: Partisan Politics and Public Service

In Part 1 I drew three conclusions from inspired counsel on the subject of voting. These were: we are to cast our vote "on the side of temperance and virtue"; if we vote, "keep your voting to yourself. Do not feel it your duty to urge everyone to do as you do"; and we are to stand free from political strife and corruption. Having considered these p

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Has the Church Misplaced Its Priorities? Why We Need to Refocus in the Wake of the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

In a landmark decision last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage. The Court has made gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right for everyone in the United States. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy said, No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devot

Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: What’s Really at Stake

Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: What’s Really at Stake

If I were a Supreme Court justice who had to decide on gay marriage, and all I could rely on were the oral arguments made to the Court last week, I would almost certainly vote in favor. This is bad news for supporters of traditional marriage. I have been a vocal supporter and advocate for the traditional position over the last decade. But the argum