The Vera Icona site engages various issues of faith and culture – through blogging, links, video clips, and sharing of resources. Broadly speaking, I am interested in different facets of a theology of existence concerned with questions of power, freedom, beauty, self-crafting, wisdom, simplicity, peace, and, ultimately, God. As an Adventist theologian, I am approaching these questions through the category of “apocalyptic,” by which we I have in mind a certain life-optic informed by God’s “invasive action” (L. Martyn) in Jesus Christ. Such an optic is deeply dialectical in its stylistic idiom, meaning, it is both positive and negative, affirmative and critical. My goal is to think through and elaborate on the Adventist faith and experience, in the process reanimating some of its neglected or maligned aspects.

I should add that the images above belong to the Imaginary Foundation and I remain indebted to it for its amazing art.  When I first saw them, I was struck by their symbolism. “I wish I could write about what those artistic representations evoke in me,” I thought. In many ways, what happens on this site is an attempt to peek over the wall, to speak about the wonder of the beyond, and to announce the message, “The beginning is near!” while not neglecting the ruins and fragments of daily existence. So that is my aim, to combine in these posts my (autobiographical) concerns about the human quest for freedom and wholeness in connection with the one God “who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:6).

Vera Icona [Latin] /ˈvera iˈkɔna/: a true image, a truthful representationJesus as the image of God; a disciple as the imitator of Christ; beauty as the reflection of the divine; freedom as a sign of redemption; love as the redoubling of grace,…


“There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven; but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else… All your life an unattainable ecstasy has hovered just beyond the grasp of your consciousness. The day is coming when you will wake to find, beyond all hope, that you have attained it.”
C. S. Lewis