God’s Global Church: Community with the Risen Christ (Part 3)

God’s Global Church: Community with the Risen Christ (Part 3)

In this final and cumulative consideration of the global reality of God’s church, we look at the climax and centerpiece of what it means to be a part of a universal family. I say cumulative because without the gift of faith and a covenantal worldview the way we perceive Jesus will be radically different, hence, the plethora of Christian denominatio

God’s Global Church: A Community with a Covenantal Worldview (Part 2)

God’s Global Church: A Community with a Covenantal Worldview (Part 2)

The gift of faith was the focus of our previous effort in this brief series to address the nature of the global Christian community. Here we begin to look at the connection between the gift of faith we receive as a global community and the nature of that faith expressed in God’s Word that brings disparate minds into the unity of faith and of the kn

What Is the Church? Ephesians’ Cosmic Vision

What Is the Church? Ephesians’ Cosmic Vision

“The church is not just a building, it is the people.” “The church is a hospital for sinners, not a club for saints.” “The church should be the safest place on earth.”   That’s it. Those three statements exhaust the popular understanding of the church. Ecclesiology has essentially been reduced to a few catchphrases. They work well because they

The World Next Door

The World Next Door

What shall it profit a man if he reaches the whole world, yet neglects his neighbor living next door? - Someone  I have not done an official survey, but my guess is that if you were to ask Seventh-day Adventists living in North America if they were friends with their neighbors, something like 90% of them would say they weren’t.   Think about i

Sharing Your Talent

Sharing Your Talent

The man who had received the five talents came forward bringing five more. "Sir," he said, "you entrusted me with five talents; here are five more that I have made." His master said to him, "Well done, good and trustworthy servant; you have shown you are trustworthy in small things; I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master's happ

Review of ENCOUNTER Curriculum

Review of ENCOUNTER Curriculum

This review of the Encounter Curriculum is a follow-up to a previous article here at the Compass Magazine.  Many more believed because of His word; and they were saying… ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world.’ (John 4:41-42) The journey sta

Taking Questions Seriously

Taking Questions Seriously

I grew up Adventist my whole life. Pathfinders, deacon as a teenager and young adult, Sabbath school leader. The whole nine yards. And I had an amazing experience. All of my closest friends are still Adventist, and most of them have no idea that I am now an atheist. So how did I go from a deeply committed, born-again and baptized Seventh-day Advent