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28 Oct 2015, in Adventism, Culture

Why am I A Seventh-day Adventist?

A friend of mine recently told me that a preacher came to his church and asked the youth why they were Adventists. One of the youth replied, "Because I love Jesus," to which the preacher replied "Yeah, well the Pentecostals love Jesus too. Next!" Some...
26 Oct 2015, in Adventism, Culture

Christ’s Metric Alone

Ever heard the expression “Numbers don’t lie”? I put that line in the same file as “…but names will never hurt me”. The truth is that numbers can tell more than one story. Take Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Both are “followed” by tens of...
17 Oct 2015, in Adventist Tradition, Culture, Music

Music Wars: The Fringe Strikes Back

This week, church leaders met for Annual Council at the Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters in Silver Springs, MD. These are yearly meetings of all the high level officers of our world church and serves as the highest decision-making body between the General Conference Sessions every…

21 Aug 2015, in Culture

3 Realities That Frustrate A 2nd Generation Pastor

As you may or may not know, I work in a unique ministry setting in that I pastor in a bilingual district with both English and Spanish churches. Being a 2nd generation Hispanic who pastors a predominantly 1st generation church has its pros and cons. One...
06 Aug 2015, in Activism, Culture

Adventism and Activism

Nothing annoys me more in the context of activism than Christian activists who send a message of hate to the culture around them. You know what I am talking about: Picketers at LGBT events that hold up signs about how God hates homosexuals (though they...
26 Jul 2015, in Church, Culture

Fluent in Friendliness

My wife, daughter and sister in law were driving cross country, from Virginia to Oregon. On Sabbath, they had to stop in the state of _______ and decided to attend church there. They pulled in with their U-Haul truck, also towing a car. Nothing says...
15 Jul 2015, in Adventist Culture, Culture

Selma and San Antonio

I wonder what the dust would feel like.  If one would have stood just outside the blast radius, arriving at the scene moments after the explosion, what would it be like to breathe in that cloud of swirling debris?  What strength would pulse through one...
29 Jun 2015, in Adventism, Culture

GC 2015: What We’re NOT Talking About

The other day I saw an article titled, “20 Things You Were Successfully Distracted From While Obsessing About Caitlyn Jenner.”[1] It highlights what was allegedly happening while the public was busy debating Jenner’s sex change, such as: the Patriot Act expired and Congress passed the...