16 May 2022 | From a literary standpoint the parables of Jesus were like those of his contemporaries, but their purpose and effect were dramatically different. This presentation will examine the importance of the parables, the narrative technique of Jesus, and how the parables should be interpreted. Our familiarity with them and the tradition of […]
15 May 2022 | Seventh-day Adventism arose in the aftermath of the Great Disappointment of 1844. Despite numerous “proofs” culled from Scripture, used confidently to pinpoint the date of the second advent to October 22, 1844, Christ did not return. This failure of chronological calculations ensured that official Adventism would never predict a precise time […]
8 May 2022 Much of what we say we know about Biblical interpretation is derived from what the Bible says about itself. While the Bible is right to self-identify itself as an inspired book, the problem is that several of the oft-used passages are taken out of context, and in some cases wholly misinterpreted. This […]
13 April 2022 | Laura Wibberding of Pacific Union College has made a study of Christians, war and violence. Her conclusion? Our convictions about peace depend on the power we want to preserve. To join this conversation, click/tap here.
11 April 2022 | Occasionally you will hear public figures—politicians, athletes, performers—identify themselves as Christians. Given the actions of some of these people, their claims seem to me to be a catalyst for an interesting and possibly necessary discussion: what does it mean to be a Christian? In short, what is a Christian? An important […]
4 April 2022 | LGBTQ+ Adventists have concerns and complaints about how they have been treated in the church. How does biblical love inform our beliefs and the challenges presented by LGBTQ+ Adventists? Before you go…The April 1-10, 2022 AT Spring Fundraiser is ON. Your donations are funding AT’s pioneering content for young people in […]
1 April 2022 | Dr. Fortin looks at the kinds of relationships we have had and can have with other churches. Can we engage along with other churches in inter-church activities, community action, dialogues, relief activities? Can we cooperate in community worship services? Can our pastors join local pastors’ associations? How about cooperating with larger […]
17 March 2022 | Ari Bates was a religion student, student leader and recruiter at Southern Adventist University— until she came out as trans on social media. Now she’s out of school and out of a job. Interviewer: Lindsey Abston Painter. To join this conversation, click/tap here.
13 March 2022 | After Ellen White, our church history remembered almost none of the women who made Seventh-day Adventists who we are. What happened? How did a church that was started by a woman—and has a majority of female members—end up forgetting the women who shaped it? To comment, click/tap here.
11 March 2022 | How is moral authority best understood and exercised in a worldwide church when there are deep divisions about so many ethical questions? Who’s in charge? Who decides? To comment, click/tap here.
5 March 2022 | This presentation by Michael W. Campbell examines some of the interactions, both positive and negative, in which Adventists participated with regard to race in 1910-1930. Some even embraced the second wave of the Klan. While this may seem deeply troubling to some today, at the time and in historical context, some […]
26 February 2022 | What is Biblical spirituality? Seventh-day Adventists speak of spiritual experience, of feeling God’s presence, but in practice much of our spirituality seems rooted in doctrines and interpretation. Ellen White encourages us to experience God, but also says we shouldn’t trust feelings and experiences. Our top church leaders warn against meditation and […]