The Flag

So a rich young athlete is in the news, not for his football playing, but for sitting during the National Anthem.  Now, lots of us who believe in freedom would normally respect such an action–like when young Jehovah’s Witnesses, out of religious conviction, choose to sit in classroom ceremonies, despite bullying. But what irked many,…

While We Wait

(Sermon preached at College Station Adventist Church, August 27, 2016). This past week, I saw an interesting discussion on a friend’s Facebook page. He posed this question: “If Seventh-day Adventists really believe in the soon return of Jesus, why do we have a health care system?” Some see a contradiction, my friend said. Some Adventists contrast…

Adventists and Non-Combatancy

Important article for Adventists. George R. Knight, “The Great Disappearance: Adventism and Non-Combatancy,” Journal of Adventist Education, 2008. “In the early 21st century, the church is in danger of losing an important teaching related to the Christ who claimed that Christians must love their enemies, rather than be trained to kill them. … What should…

Religious Blindspots

Pew did a new study of why people choose a new place to worship.  They included non-Christians, but in all the graphs they are lumped together as “non-Christians”–Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, etc.  It is assumed that “houses of worship” have “clergy.” Emma Green at the Atlantic writes about it in “It’s Hard to Go…

Ecumenical Obfuscation

We’re a year away from the five hundredth anniversary of Luther’s “95 Theses on Indulgences,” whose posting generally marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  In light of that, ecumenical dialogues are hoping for irenic celebrations of dialogue and consensus.  Towards that end, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical…