Hayden Scott

“A nation does not announce they have become fascists, they simply declare anti-fascists the enemy.”

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The news happens rapidly, and I’m writing this on Election Day, 2020. It was not so long ago that heavily armed right-wing protesters stormed the Michigan Capitol to protest Stay-At-Home orders. It was even more recent that right-wing domestic terrorists plotted to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a plot in which 14 people (so far) have been arrested. A tragedy we have also apparently forgotten is Kyle Rittenhouse’s (a Blue Lives Matter fan) murder of protestors in Kenosha. Less than a week ago, Trump supporters in Texas harassed a Biden/Harris bus filled with campaign staffers and ran one of their cars…


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I like to think that I have some inkling about border life. I grew up in Brownsville, Texas, the southernmost town in all of the Rio Grande Valley, and America, when it comes to the border between Mexico and the United States. The city’s tagline is, “on the border by the sea.” The Brownsville Seventh-day Adventist Church, which I spent just about every Saturday at, is also the most southern Adventist church in the U.S. (beating Florida by about 300 feet). On the way to school, I would get a papas con huevo (potato & egg) taco from the gas…


Where do we go from here?

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In school, I remember my teacher telling us that we would never carry around a calculator in our pockets, therefore we must know how to do complex math in our heads. Fast forward to 2018, and I don’t know a single person who doesn’t carry around a calculator in their pocket. In a few short years, we have gone from floppy disks to MicroSD cards that can carry mind-boggling amounts of information. We are becoming more advanced in every area, and therefore more connected. As we become more connected, we are able to be exposed to new ideas, thoughts, and…


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Before I even address the idea of feminism in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, I should first discuss what feminism is so there is no confusion or assumption as to what is being written about.

“Fourth Wave” Feminism

Feminism can initially be defined as, “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.” It is not some liberal-based agenda to usurp the concept of gender or any other definition stated by those who do not give the subject more than a passing glance. It does not focus on the belief that one gender is more superior than another. …


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We’re the second largest religious school system in the world, with no mental health resources for our children.

The Seventh-day Adventist educational system is the second largest in the world, dwarfed only by the Roman Catholic school system. As of June 2018, there are 5,915 primary schools with over 1.2 million students enrolled; there are 2,435 secondary schools worldwide with an enrollment of over 603,000 students. The North American Division (NAD) Office of Education alone coordinates with 1,049 schools consisting of 65,000 students in the U.S., Canada, and Bermuda. …


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I was sitting by a fire with my wife and some family members, and we were discussing the General Conference Compliance Committees created back in August, and the document approved at the 2018 GC Annual Council in October, as well as a few other bits of church politics.

We were knee deep into discussing how the findings of the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) were not reported during the 2015 vote on women’s ordination, and a family member chimed in, “you know, it was so much simpler to grandpa — just believe.”

While initially I felt as though this…


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A friend of mine recently shared a quote on Facebook that he’d heard in a sermon, “Your levels of anxiety are an indicator of how far you are from God,” and that couldn’t have frustrated me more.

The Adventist Church is traditionally conservative in several areas: music, attire, and culture. There are even several forums and articles debating the pros and cons of whether or not drums should be allowed in worship services. If the church struggles with instruments in service, how much more would the church struggle to accept the concept of psychology?

One of the main aversions many…


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The famous phrase, “well, that’s my opinion,” can be the end of a discussion or a debate, because we’re taught to respect what others believe. While this is fine in the realm of what sport team is best, your favorite musician, or your favorite book, it has recently begun to bleed into the scientific and cultural realms. This idea that truth is subjective to opinion aligns with postmodernist philosophy, and along with it comes cynicism, irony, irreverence, and meta-criticism. …


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Here’s the scenario: you’re in public, waiting in line to get a coffee, you scroll through Facebook and see a post that critiques liberals (or conservatives), you chuckle and hit share. You go about your day, and check back to see someone’s commented on your shared post, and called you out for being ridiculous, narrow-minded, etc. But all you did was share a post, so what’s the big deal? So you dismiss them and move on.

The most fascinating phenomena happening in politics and social media is sharing posts from pages that you agree with. While this seems insignificant, lawmakers…

Hayden Scott

Hayden Scott has his Masters in Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with his wife & daughter.

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