Charlottesville. How Do We React?

The events of Charlottesville brought unexpected angst to an otherwise glorious Sabbath. It was my birthday weekend and I had spoken at two churches in one morning and was enjoying my family and my church. Social media brought to my attention the radical actions of hate. In the few days since I have seen several reactions to the hate.1. Outrage with no follow-up.Social media is part of the response but not all. Probably not even the most important. In an age of quotes, retweets and likes God is
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Why is Adventism so Dead?

Last month I published a post titled "Why is Adventism so Weird?" which showed how Adventist thought is pretty weird in relation to how we approach the Bible. This weird approach has resulted in the most complete Biblical approach to the love of God which impacts how we interpret every other theme of scripture. The end result is a theology that is focused on revealing God's character of love in a way not found in any other denomination. (If you haven't read the previous article, go here first as
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Cut Up or Cut Down?

I’ll admit, I did not like this when I first read it:“One evening a gentleman who was much depressed because of deep affliction, was walking in a garden, where he observed a pomegranate-tree nearly cut through the stem. Greatly wondering, he asked the gardener why the tree was in this condition, and he received an answer that explained to his satisfaction the wounds of his own bleeding heart. “Sir,” said the gardener, “this tree used to shoot out so strong that it bore nothing but leaves. I was
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Can I Really Worship from a Mosh Pit?

Diclaimer: This piece is written from the personal perspective of its author. It is not meant to be a final and definitive work on the subject.  When it comes to music, next to hip-hop and rap, the genre which gains the most “heat” from the Church would probably be anything within the hardcore scene. This would include, but is not limited to: Screamo, Hardcore, Post-Hardcore, Pop-Punk, Punk, Metal, Metalcore. People who like these genres might listen to bands like, Oh! Sleeper, Memphis May Fire,
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How to Get A Book Banned and Unbanned In One Week

Everything happened so fast that you might have missed it if you blinked.In one day, I read the news that the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists had stopped selling books written by renowned Adventist historian and author, George Knight. About an hour later, I saw a statement released by the conference deciding to change course and keep selling the books.Did you blink? That was almost how fast it went for me too.The longer story goes like this:The Seventh-day Adventist church is in
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The Introverts Awesome Guide to Sharing your Faith

The story is told of a man who desperately wanted to share his faith but he was afraid. So he began praying a special prayer to God. "Lord, I'm too scared to tell people about Jesus but if you give me a clear sign that you want me to witness for you, I will! So give me a sign Lord. Amen." The man felt really good after this prayer. He had just thrown the ball in God's court so from here on out it was up to God to make things happen. So he grabbed his things and jumped on the bus to head to work.
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3 Things I’ve Learned from Adventist Humans

Recently I had the opportunity to put into place an idea that's been rolling around my head for over a year. Inspired by my all-time favorite photojournalist Brandon Stanton, known for his project "Humans of New York," I spent several months researching the various spinoff "Humans of" pages that he had unwittingly set into motion. I even found a few from other Adventists. There was a "Humans of Southern" page and a "Humans of Andrews" page aside from the many others I probably never came across.
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Who is my neighbor? Re: 2017

One of my all-time favorite stories is that of the Good Samaritan. A lawyer came to Jesus one day and asked him what a person needed to do to have eternal life. He said that he understood that we must love and serve God, and love our neighbor as ourselves. But then he got technical with Jesus. Trying to justify himself, he asked "who is my neighbor?" This is where the lawyer's world is turned upside-down. Jesus told the man the story of the Good Samaritan. He told how a man had been beaten and
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