Spiritual Gifts

In John’s gospel, after the last supper, Jesus takes his disciples for a walk, and he teaches them about things that are going to come. He’s going to leave them, he says. He will return, he promises. But when I’m gone, you won’t be alone.  John 14:16-18. “And I will pray the Father, and He…

Key Points in Adventist Eschatology

I have a sermon or article that’s been stewing on the back burner for some time. In this post, I want to jot down some points that I want to elaborate on at another time. 1. Adventists look forward to the second coming of Jesus as “the Blessed Hope.” It isn’t something to fear, it…

To Tell the Truth

If you are of a certain age, you may remember the television game show, “To Tell the Truth.” Three challengers would be asked to introduce themselves—they would all say, “My name is X.” Two were lying. Celebrity panelists tried to guess who was telling the truth. When the time for questions was over, the announcer…

On Ordination

I’m coming up on the 21st anniversary of my ordination as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was June 11, 1989. There was some fear and sadness mixed with the joy of that day. My son, Andrew, was born ten days before, two months premature, and would be in the hospital…

Hunger: A Review

Seventh-day Adventists are starting to show an interest in spirituality. At least, that’s what you might get from articles like that by Rachel Davies announcing a new Spectrum series.  But as I’ve written elsewhere, Adventism has a rich heritage of well-grounded Biblical spirituality–even if we haven’t often used that word to define it. How should…

Herb Douglass, A Fork in the Road

I’m reading Herb Douglass’ new book, A Fork in the Road, about the 1957 publication of Questions on Doctrine and its aftermath. It’s an expanded version of the paper he presented at the 50th Anniversary QOD conference this past October (PDF, mp3). So having read his paper and having heard him give the talk, there’s…

Sean Taylor’s Church

Terry Mattingly writes about Sean Taylor, the recently murdered Washington Redskins player. Those who knew Taylor well spoke of peace with God, of how he’d been walking with God the last many months. Mattingly had written of that before; there was a trace of cynicism in the reporting, and no details of what Taylor’s conversion…

Poland Remembers Luther

Polish Adventists join other Protestants in denouncing posters attacking Luther. Protestant leaders in one of Poland’s largest cities have condemned a poster campaign denouncing Martin Luther, the 16th century German Protestant leader, as a blasphemer and heretic, a November 7 news release by Ecumenical News International reported. “What would happen if someone hung placards outside…

Adventists and Lutherans

A weakness of last week’s QOD Conference at Andrews was that none of the presenters discussed (except in a footnote here or there) other ecumenical dialogues in which Adventists have participated. Example: Adventists and Lutherans in Conversation (1998). It has many interesting conclusions.

Michigan in the Morning

I’m heading off to Berrien Springs, MI, tomorrow for a conference on the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book, Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine. The questions were asked by Walter Martin and Donald Barnhouse. The answers were given by some folks in the Ministerial department of the General Conference. Not everyone was…

On Marriage and Family

Some Seventh-day Adventist statements on marriage and family: From the Fundamental Beliefs: Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman in loving companionship. For the Christian a marriage commitment is to God as well as to the spouse, and should be entered…

M. L. Andreasen and Questions on Doctrine

Chapter from Julius Nam’s dissertation on the Questions on Doctrine controversy, focusing on the reaction of M. L. Andreasen. He’s lost his footnotes, but you can see them here. Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine was published 50 years ago, in response to questions asked of some GC leaders by Walter Martin and Donald Barnhouse.…

“Seeking a Sanctuary”

In a recent comment, Ryan Bell mentioned the chapter on women in Seeking a Sanctuary: Seventh-day Adventism and the American Dream, by Malcolm Bull and Keith Lockhart (recently reviewed by Gary Land). I don’t have the new edition, so can only comment on the 1989 original edition (Harper & Row). Bell had noted their take…

Irene Morgan Kirkaldy

I confess, I never heard of her until I read her obituary in the Washington Post, reprinted in the Adventist Review, pointed out by Hobbes and Johnny. See also New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Back in 1944 she was sitting in the back of a Greyhound bus, not feeling well because of a…

Campus Ministry–Some Adventist History

This year Lutherans are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lutheran campus ministry; it was in 1907 that Howard Gold was called to serve as Lutheran campus pastor at University of Wisconsin, Madison. It was at University of Wisconsin in 1883 that the organization was founded for Catholic students, the Melvin Club; in 1903, a priest…

Ellen G. White in the Light of Catholic Theology of Revelation

Some folks have asked how I could re-embrace Adventism after having some very specific disagreements with it–for example, regarding the role of Ellen White. Well, I must say that here is a good example of how my years in the Catholic Church helped me to better understand and appreciate some aspects of Seventh-day Adventist teaching.…

Adventist Spirituality

Christian spirituality, at the simplest level, is the lived experience of a personal relationship with God. It includes the day to day things we do to express and nourish that relationship, including prayer and the reading of Scripture. It includes the inspiration we find to keep us going, to help us make choices. It’s about…

More Responses to CDF Statement

Seventh-day Adventist responses: Adventist Church leaders said the statement merely clarified the Catholic Church’s traditional position. “There’s nothing surprising here,” said Kwabena Donkor, associate director of the Adventist Church’s Biblical Research Institute. “Following Vatican II, the modernization meetings of the Catholic Church in the 1960s, some people had the impression that there were some significant…

A Catholic Looks at Adventists and Foot-Washing

The blog, Re-Inventing the Adventist Wheel, has invited cradle Catholic Stephen Korsman of South Africa to be a contributing writer. In yesterday’s post, he looks at foot-washing, a ritual that Catholics do once a year (the priest washing the feet of twelve “select men”) and that Adventists do as part of every communion service (with…