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Living as an Alien

Last year the editors of Dialogue, a world-wide Adventist publication for college and university students, asked me to write an article on ‘Living the Christian Life in an Alien Culture.’ This topic might not have been my first choice, but as I was teaching a post-graduate module on 1 Peter, I saw some interesting exegetical opportunities. Many argue that race, nationality and alienness play a large role in 1 Peter and its message to its audience—see, e.g., David Horrell(more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
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Numbers in the Bible

The Dutch Adventist Church creates a magazine, Contact, that goes to about 3000 people who are interested in the Bible. As some of these people have been receiving this magazine for quite a few years, the editors wanted to have arecurring theological column, meant for the long-time readers. This article should match the theme of the edition. The editors asked me to write this column. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
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God’s Saving Fire

The Dutch Adventist Church creates a magazine, Contact, that goes to about 3000 people who are interested in the Bible. As some of these people have been receiving this magazine for quite a few years, the editors wanted to have arecurring theological column, meant for the long-time readers. This article should match the theme of the edition. The editors asked me to write this column. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
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Doyouunderstandwhatyouarereading?

Earlier this year, the Dutch Adventist church asked me to write a short booklet on biblical hermeneutics in Dutch. It was meant to be about 6000 words, easy to understand for any member, that will be distributed in Holland: one for each household. The timeframe was ridiculously short: writing, designing, printing and distributing within three weeks! But, we made the deadline (with thanks to my team of editors and designers) and the booklet was distributed at the Union Session on January 31. A couple of months later the booklet is also available in English. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
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Refugees

Refugees are a hot topic at the moment. The first Advent (the Dutch church magazine) of 2016 was about refugees, and included a title article by me ‘Op de vlucht’. The article discusses the topic of refugees, Read more…

By Tom de Bruin, ago
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Begrijptuookwatuleest?

The Dutch Adventist church recently asked me write a short booklet on biblical hermeneutics. It was meant to be about 6000 words, easy to understand for any member, that will be distributed in Holland: one for each household. The timeframe was ridiculously short: writing, designing, printing and distributing within three weeks! But, we made the deadline (with thanks to my team of editors and designers) and the booklet will be distributed at the Union Session on January 31. (more…)

By Tom de Bruin, ago
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How Forbidding Incest Ruined the Church Manual

After the General Conference last year, Adventist Today contacted me. They wanted a retrospect on the meetings from various viewpoints. I suggested an article that even I thought was pretty out of the box. The article would be entitled ‘How Forbidding Incest Ruined the Church Manual.’ This was based on my reflections on the changes to the Church Manual that were accepted at a meeting that had historically low quorum of about 15-25% of the delegates. Changes that I felt were quite horrific. They liked my pitch, it was printed, and I just received a PDF of the copy. (more…)

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Focus on Adventists

Every five years or so the British Adventist church publishes an evangelistic magazine called Focus. This year they asked me to write an article about why I am an Adventist. That's a very hard question, and the best answer I could come up with is 'I like to believe that there's a God.' That was a good summary of my position. As the weird post-postmodern person that I am, I don't really attach any important if there is actually a God. I don't want to know if there is a God. All of this is the wrong question. I, personally, think my life is better if I believe in God, so I like to believe in him. (more…)

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That’s So Meta

I arrived home today to find an exciting bit of post: three copies of the latest Adventist Today. It is apparently the GC Session Special. It's twice as thick as usual, and has been sent to all the GC Session delegates, as well as the normal subscribers. The exciting part is that it contains an article written by me: That's So Meta: The Post-Postmodern Church. The article is based on a speech I gave at Reframe at the One project is San Diego. One of the editors of Adventist Today was in the audience and asked if I could give him a transcript. The wonderful editors at Adventist Today helped make the article much better than the speech, and definitely worth reading. (more…)

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