Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 3

Reimagining Adventism: The Gifts of the Spirit and Absurdity, Part 3

“Love one another…” - The New Testament   In the previous articles, we explored two main themes. The first was the Spirit’s experiential utility. Here we discovered that the active presence of the Spirit among us is not merely a nebulous theological concept but rather a tangible reality that has practical use in the realm of post-church missio

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

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth

Worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman, she told Him that the Jews worshipped in Jerusalem, while the Samaritans worshipped in the mountains. In response to this, Jesus said that the hour is coming when people will neither worship in Jerusalem, nor on this mountain. He told her that the time has come for true worshipers to worship God in spirit and in

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

The Work of the Holy Spirit and a Search for Relevance (Sabbath School 3-25-2017)

A fond word in our so-called Post-modern age is “Relevance.” One way to understand this phenomenon is to see as one of its underlying tenets, that somehow what we already have is in a certain sense antiquated, or more benignly culturally inappropriate. With the advent of a highly technological society of smartphones, hybrid electric cars, touch scr

Reflections on The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (Sabbath School 3-11- 2017)

Reflections on The Holy Spirit, the Word, and Prayer (Sabbath School 3-11- 2017)

Problematic Prayers As I was reading about the Prosperity Gospel[1] and how the Christian message is being distorted into an individualistic, selfish mantra for personal gain and growth, it occurred to me that this happens because of a misunderstanding of the Person and purposes of the Spirit of God, the mishandling of the Word of God, and/or a pra