Thoughts on the History and Theology of Ordination

NOTE 2017.  I initially wrote this two years ago, but little has changed.  The Adventist Church still debates the way forward.  It is still confused on the practice of ordination–still ordaining treasurers while letting some chaplains go 20 years or more without ordination. It still has pastors do all the acts of ministry while not…

The Ordination of Women

Arguments against the ordination of women in Protestant churches are wrongly framed. The issue is not ordination. That is a smokescreen. What is ordination but laying on hands and appointing someone for a particular work? (For more, see my post, Thoughts on the History and Theology of Ordination).  The issue is, rather, what kind of…

Casta Meretrix

Hans Urs von Balthasar, in his essay, “Casta Meretrix,” shows that Catholic writers through the ages identified the Catholic church with the whore of Babylon; I summarized his argument here. Hugo Mendez wanted to counter Adventist prophetic interpretation here, but as I mentioned to him in a comment, he’s going to have to read von…