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…

The Adventist Ordination Debate–Separating the Issues

There’s a debate today in the Seventh-day Adventist Church about whether women should be ordained. At least, that’s how some people portray the issue. I believe, however, that the actual debate is over the meaning of ordination. Dan Jackson, president of the North American Division, tweeted yesterday, “Out of 4,000 pastors in NAD, 107 are…