I write a monthly article for Spectrum Magazine, an Adventist journal and website featuring Adventist and Christian viewpoints and news. This month I wrote on the concept of Positionality, which is basically the idea that everyone is positioned towards what they read and view: The idea behind it is simple: I am not neutral, and […]
In 2016, just a few months after Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, superfan Pablo Hidalgo joked on Twitter that the evil General Hux has a cat named Millicent. He wrote ‘That dust that Kylo puts his helmet into? Litter box for Hux’s cat, Millicent.’ The tweet is sadly no more, but nothing is […]
I’m from a family of refugees. My father fled cold, post-war Holland for the promise of a better future in South Africa. My grandmother’s family is descended from the Huguenots, who fled to Holland centuries ago. On my mother’s side we are Afrikaners. In the seventeenth century we fled from Holland to Cape Town, and […]
There I was, sitting on a plane to Israel, not knowing what to expect.
Recently, an article by on the Guardian popped up on my facebook newsfeed, entitled Cloud Atlas ‘astonishingly different’ in US and UK editions. Just beneath that you could read ‘Academic discovers dramatically altered stretches of narrative while researching a paper on David Mitchell’s bestselling novel’. This immediately drew my attention as it is something close […]
Spectrum Magazine asked me to review Reinder Bruinsma’s latest book Facing Doubt: A Book for Adventist Believers On the Margins. As I was reading and thinking about Bruinsma’s book, I decided that some of my musings would be worth a blog post.
Monsters are hot. It seems that networks are producing more and more monster shows: Penny Dreadful, The Walking Dead, and The Vampire Diaries, just to name a few. Monsters have escaped the fetters of the horror genre and broken free into blockbusters. Even classical works are being rewritten by mixing monsters with century’s old texts, […]
[This blog post is part of series on metamodernism and awesomeness. If you don’t know what metamodernism is, read this first, otherwise you may be left in the dark. I’m developing some thoughts here, and reactions are more than welcome.] Pete is an adventist. Pete believes in heaven. Pete believes Jesus lives there now, and will come soon to […]
[This blog post is part of series on metamodernism and awesomeness. If you don’t know what metamodernism is, read this first otherwise you may be left in the dark. I’m developing some thoughts here, and reactions are more than welcome.] Pete is an Adventist. Pete believes in prophecy. Pete believes in the prophetic task of […]
Almost 25 years ago Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He has been an inspiration for many people, and I am sure he will remain one for generations. In 1993 his contribution to society was honoured, when he won the Nobel prize for peace, together with F. W. de Klerk. Mandela’s mission was founded in love […]
The meaning of life, for a Christian, is taking care of the earth. God’s primary wish for humankind is being a faithful steward to the earth and everything on it. Sadly, when we talk about stewardship we often talk about money and tithes. But what’s up with the world? When I was at Newbold College I was […]
The ordination of female pastors has been a hot topic in the Adventist church in the last years. The excitement is growing now that the General Conference is getting closer. Sadly, I am not a delegate the the General Conference so I will have no vote in the matter. For the record, I wholeheartedly support […]
Met enig regelmaat schrijf ik een gastblog voor het Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap. In de veertigdagentijd vroegen zij of ik iets wilde schrijven over het evangelie van Johannes. Het is altijd een uitdaging om iets te vermakelijks schrijven voor zo’n breed lezerspubliek, maar de volgende zinnen uit Johannes 16 gaven mij goede inspiratie: ‘Nu spreek ik nog […]
I recently returned from The One Project gathering in San Diego, where I gave a talk about what the future holds for Christians in Europe and the US alike. A longer version of that talk (adjusted for print) just went up on The One Project’s official website. Catch the first few paragraphs here, or download the […]
For the second time in my life I am sitting in hall with hundreds of people in the US, at the One Project. More than a thousand Adventists from all over the world are here to spend two days contemplating how Jesus is, and how they can recommit their lives to him. Wonderful talks, followed […]
I wrote this blog for the One project’s daily challenge, they published it on December 30th, 2014. A couple of months ago my wife moved to another country. Don’t worry, she didn’t leave me — at least not permanently. She received a job offer we could not refuse, and for the last months we’ve been […]
Ik krijg elke dag meer dan tweehonderd e-mails. Het is een wonder dat ik aan werk toekom! Naast die mails worden we allemaal overweldigd met App’jes, sms’jes en Facebookberichten. Om maar niet te praten over de berichten in de krant en op tv. En dan natuurlijk al die Tweets en YouTube-video’s … Daar bovenop de zegen […]
Onderstaande is een bewerking van de overdenking die Tom de Bruin hield op de jeugdleidersdag van 2 november. Er is een nieuwe bijbelvertaling in Nederland. Als je niet onder een rots hebt geleefd de afgelopen weken, dan heb je dat wel gemerkt. Er zijn meer dan 60 duizend Bijbels in gewone taal verkocht in de […]
I wrote an article on Mark 2 for Spectrum Magazine, entitled The Plucky Sabbath. Head over there and read it!
Daar sta je dan. Als net begonnen predikant, gewapend met de Schrift, barstend van de academische nuance, vóór het huis van een gezin. Binnen wacht een tweetal jongeren op de bijbelstudie van de predikant. Thuis heb je al hevig nagedacht waar je het over gaat hebben en — nog veel belangrijker — welke bijbel je […]