Binging on Meaning: Cults, Adventism’s “Fringe”, and Unbelief

Binging on Meaning: Cults, Adventism’s “Fringe”, and Unbelief

Soon after I became a pastor, I started wrestling with the phenomenon of cults: wondering what separates my religion from a cult. I do not mean cult as in a church that diverges from orthodox Christian teachings like the trinity. Nor do I mean merely a new religious movement (value-neutral term of art used in academic religion research instead of c

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

A Spiritual Abuse Inventory

A Spiritual Abuse Inventory

In my late teens I joined a conservative Adventist ministry, where over the next decade I experienced—along with many blessings—spiritual, sexual, and psychological abuse. The directors of the ministry held very strict rules about dress, diet, and lifestyle—spoken and unspoken. For instance, the spoken rules required women to wear long dresses at a