Remnant or Fragment?

Last year I was studying at the upper study counter of the Atlas and overheard two students conversing about the state of Adventism. One was musing negatively about the church’s stance on some current issues. The interlocutor concurred and replied that it is only until Adventism works out its issues that she will reinter. Given the current context, it seemed to her that it was unlikely. The whole conversation was concerning given its tone: passionate…

Homosexuality in the Bible: Consistent or Situational?

I missed writing for y’all last week. I came down with a fever that put me a bit behind in classes and sleep. In my place, a fellow student wrote a contribution entitled, “The ‘Problem’ of Homosexuality.” As I read it, I noticed some things I completely agreed with, while other things didn’t sit well with me at all. In response, I will be discussing an overview of the position I believe the Bible takes on homosexual…

A Time To Speak

An intercollegiate Adventist summit will take place at Union College to discuss the future of the Adventist Church. Many Adventist colleges and universities will be sending ambassadors to represent their institutions and voice the concerns of students on their respective campuses.   Newly released data shows the Adventist church’s growth rate to be 2.5% within North America, second only to the Jehovah’s Witness denomination with a growth rate of 4.31% within the last year. However,…

Part One: The Truth About the Bible

This article is the first installment of an ongoing series about the Bible. Before we can dig into any specific stories we have to first understand what the Bible is, why it was written, and how it affects us today. Without this foundation it will be impossible to come to terms and have an open discussion. So we’ll start with this basic question: What is the Bible? I’ll run through some basics real quick. The Bible is…

“Fly virtuous youth!”

I have an announcement! NO ONE LIKES DUCK-FACED SELFIES. Yes, I do partake in Snapchat-ing friends and foes and regretfully 50% of my snaps are shameful and degrading duck-faced selfies. However, I challenge you and myself to give the poor bird a much-needed reprieve. Here are some ideas to inspire us towards more noble creations. The walrus selfie: insert chopsticks under upper lip and gaze fiercly. The Sir Francis Bacon selfie: aquire bacon or stipples,…

Two Autumn Apple Recipes

Apples are one of my favorite fall treats. I simply can’t seem to get enough of them.  You’ve heard that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” right? Just imagine the benefits of eating two apples a day! Seems an awesome reason to eat lots of them. The weather is getting colder outside and apple pie and baked apples are the perfect comfort foods, especially when eaten with a couple of scoops of ice-cream….

Virus Feature

On the 19th of September, Thomas Eric Duncan returned from Liberia to the States, and with him he brought the Ebola hemorrhagic fever to U.S. soil.[1] Two others, humanitarian workers who had contracted the virus, have already been treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] Viruses have two ways of attacking their hosts. The first, identified in studies of bacteriophages, is called the lytic cycle. The lytic cycle involves a virus adsorbing onto the…

The “Problem” of Homosexuality

My name is Micah Hall, and I am contributing to The Collegian this week. You may remember me from my work as a columnist last year.1 I thought writing about something other than myself.2 would be a nice change of pace, so I was very excited when I was asked to write this week. I want to state upfront that I firmly believe there is no Biblical precedent against same-sex relationships, and that God blesses committed same-sex relationships in the…

The Age to Come

For thousands of years, the ancients dreamed and speculated about an eternal realm that one could enter after death. The Egyptians talked about the afterlife in the Book of the Dead, a place beyond the stars to where souls traveled only if they could bypass the hazardous areas and evil demons armed with knives. Early Jewish writings depict a great mountain where the master party entertainer known as the “Lord of hosts” will “make for…

This is Eye Catching

My native Walla Walla University humans, below are my few observations of the week. Enjoy. First, I love WWU Vespers, and last friday night’s was especially spectacular. The music was thrilling (I suggest more cowbell, Kurtis Lamberton) and the Campus Ministries video was hilarious. However, as the 13-minute film played I came to a grave realization: my legs will never be as toned and well-formed as Tommy Poole’s. Does he lunge from office to office? Second,…