Failure Has No Plural

Failure Has No Plural

I don’t think failures exist. I think situations that can be perceived as failures are just life experiences. Let’s take for example a biblical situation where people “pointed fingers” at a person, an attitude that can easily suggest they thought of her as having failed:   10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one c

Don’t Let the Devil “Hamburglar” You!

Don’t Let the Devil “Hamburglar” You!

Martin County deputies say they've identified and arrested a man accused of breaking into two restaurants and cooking himself some food in Jensen Beach, Florida. Police report that Patrick Benson, 34, has been charged with burglary, grand theft and attempted burglary. Benson broke into the restaurants, fired up the grill and cooked himself a hambur

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

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9b: A Better High Priest

Secrets to Success from the Book of Daniel, Part 9b: A Better High Priest

Daniel lived most of his life as an exiled. In 605. B.C. he was forcefully uprooted by Nebuchadnezzar and moved from Judah to Babylon where he lived a long life – long enough to witness his captor, Babylon, capitulate to Medo-Persia. During the first year of Persian rule, Daniel searched the prophecies to understand the immediate future. Almost sev

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9c: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9c: The Gospel and Absurdity

I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.–Viktor E. Frankl   I recently purchased the Audible version of the classic work “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl. In the first part of th

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9b: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9b: The Gospel and Absurdity

We can and should eradicate ageing as a cause of death… use technology to augment our bodies and our minds… [and] merge with machines, remaking ourselves, finally, in the image of our own higher ideals.–Mark O’Connell In the previous article, we saw how traditional frameworks for explaining the gospel are no longer effective in our emerging post-Ch

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9a: The Gospel and Absurdity

Reimagining Adventism, Part 9a: The Gospel and Absurdity

I worry we, like Pontus Pilate, are too quick to wash our hands. – Dorena Williamson In his article, “Isn’t it Time for a New Mission Story?” activist and author Craig Greenfield makes a startling observation about missionary work among Buddhist cultures. “[U]nder Buddhism”, Craig asserts, “for a god to ‘love the world’ would be shameful and strang

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

The Case for Last Generation Theology, Part 10: Final Thoughts

First, I want to thank the staff of Compass magazine for allowing the publication of this series on this all-important topic.  It is fair to say that not many opportunities of this nature, in a setting such as this, have been available to proponents of Last Generation Theology in recent decades within the church.  The reasons why may be interesting