Arts & Essays

Published:
October 11, 2019

We are all familiar with the illustration of a partial glass of water and the question, “Is the glass half empty or half full?" The answer depends upon a person's attitude, worldview, and experiences that have shaped whether an optimistic or pessimistic response.

Published:
October 10, 2019

On this week’s episode, Alexander Carpenter talks to Spectrum Editor Bonnie Dwyer about all things Annual Council: background on who will be present, the four major topics to watch, and why it all matters.

Published:
October 9, 2019

I walk alone to reach a distant hill. / The night is calm, so clear, and gently mild; / Grows darker, bleaker, colder even still, / A storm soon spreads with power, strong, and wild.

Published:
October 9, 2019

David Bentley Hart's new book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell and Universal Salvation starts with his recollection of a literary passage he read, and then a sermon he heard, as a teen that reinforced his opposition to the idea of “eternal conscious torment." So, it seems appropriate for me to begin in the same manner.

Published:
October 8, 2019

It is sometimes said that there are two kinds of Christians: the ones who live for the Crucifixion and the ones who live from the Resurrection.

Published:
October 3, 2019

On this week’s episode, Alexander Carpenter talks to Bryant Rodriguez, Digital and Social Media Strategist for McKee Foods Corporation (the maker of Little Debbie snacks), about how he blew up the internet as an intern, the tensions between health-conscious Adventist values and making Cosmic Brownies, the "voice" of Little Debbie, and how he stays connected to Adventist ministry.

Published:
October 1, 2019

Everyone is a stranger in more places than they can call “home.” We are all “the stranger” within someone else’s gates.

Published:
September 27, 2019

Carmen Lau reviews Chapters 11 and 12 of Jordan Peterson’s book “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” for Spectrum’s 2019 Summer Reading Group.

Published:
September 26, 2019

On this week’s episode, Alexander Carpenter talks to Dr. Richard Osborn about the direction of Adventist higher education and some models for how it might change for the better.

Published:
September 24, 2019

Author’s Note: I gave the following homily at the wedding of two young friends on September 21, 2019. It is shared in the hopes that its themes will strike a common chord for its readers.

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