His deep roots within Adventism are demonstrated in his education: Loma Linda University in 1975 (BA), Andrews University in 1978 (MDiv), Loma Linda University in 1982 (MA in History), Claremont School of Theology in 1985 (DMin), and Alliant University (formerly USIU) in 1991 (Ph.D. in psychology). Steve’s book Adventism for a New Generation caused a significant stir within the denomination and gave him the opportunity to speak to Adventists in more than 40 different countries.
Steve is currently a licensed psychologist and senior pastor of the Kingdom Life Fellowship in Redlands, California. This is a kingdom congregation that is not only committed to helping bring renewal to the Seventh-day Adventist church, but also includes a membership of individuals who are interdenominational Christians and not associated with the SDA organization. Kingdom Life Fellowship is a church that emphasizes expressive worship, an openness to the gifts of the Spirit, and a Christ-centered kingdom openness to other churches and denominations that is not generally found in Adventism.
Steve Daily calls himself a “Kingdom Adventist,” emphasizing that loyalty to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom must supersede every denominational loyalty. He believes that unless God has specifically called a church to some other mission, every church is called by Christ to live out the ministry of Jesus. This means loving Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving like Jesus in our relationships with others. Every Kingdom follower Adventist or otherwise is to extend the ministry of Jesus. This includes being Spirit-directed, having a passion for prayer and worship, helping the hungry and the hurting, healing the sick, freeing those in the bondage of addictions and delivering those who are demon-oppressed or possessed. A premium is placed on the importance of faith in the believer’s life, a faith that knows no limits in Christ. Kingdom Adventism is open to all the Biblical gifts of the Spirit including words of knowledge, prophecy and tongues while placing an emphasis on the importance of discernment with regard to these gifts. “We never emphasize the gift above the Giver,” says Daily, “but recognize that the gifts are given to bring glory to God and to help to build and establish His kingdom on earth.
His work on Adventism has been endorsed by well known Christian leaders both inside and outside the Adventist Church.
Said of Daily, “He is the best student I’ve had in all my years of teaching and sitting on dissertation committees.” Joseph Hough Current President of Union Theological Seminary and former professor at Claremont, Harvard, and Vanderbilt.
On Adventism for a New Generation: “It is the best book I have read explaining Seventh-day Adventism.” Tony Campolo, Ph.D. (wrote forward to the book)
“One of the biggest issues facing the church today is how we will meet the needs of our younger generations. This book is custom-made to address such concerns….It challenges us to think, and to re-think, and that is what we need.” Lynn Mallery, STD, former President of Southeastern California Conference of SDAs
Steve Daily has written a challenging and thought-provoking book….I found his application of SDA theology to current issues extremely helpful and insightful. [He] writes with the heart of a pastor … and the eyes of a prophet.” Randel Wisbey, DMIN, current president of La Sierra University
“A treasure trove of a book….[It] shines out for its accurate analysis, honesty, heart, and Gospel.” Desmond Ford, Ph.D. Theologian and Evangelist founder of Good News Unlimited
“I have been through the book in a solid fashion. I am much impressed and joyous of its contents….I am absolutely, unequivocally supportive of the document.” William Loveless, ED.D., former Sr. pastor Loma Linda University Church and founder of the Adventist Student Mission program
“A badly needed and creatively expressed discussion of the major issues that young people in our church are facing. Our young people deserve its honesty and courage. Gary Swanson, Editor, Collegiate Quarterly
“Adventism for a New Generation is one of those books that demand attention and thought …I recommend this book to pastors, educators and thought leaders who want a thorough analysis of what might be if we fully commit our mission to the work of God. V. Bailey Gillespie, Ph.D., Coordinator, Valuegenesis Research Project
“[This] book is an exercise in the spiritual gift of prophecy.” Don Hawley, author of Set Free 4
Steve Daily’s books include:
- How Readest Thou: The Higher Criticism Debate, Adventism and Ellen White (MA Thesis: LLU, 1982)
- The Irony of Adventism: Adventist Women and the World of Ellen White (Claremont: Doctoral Dissertation, 1985)
- Adventist Adolescents and Addiction (PhD Dissertation: Alliant University, 1991)
- Adventism for a New Generation (Portland: Better Living Publications, 1993)
- Revitalizing Your Church: Creating Congregational Synergy (Lincoln,NE: Pacific Union Conference Church Resource Center, 1995).
- Jesus for a New Generation: Unpacking the Puzzling Priorities of Christ (Portland: BLP, 1997)
- The Heresies of Jesus: Getting Radical with the Heretical Christ (Portland: BLP,1997)
- Spiritual ABCs for a New Millennium (Portland: BLP, 2000)
- Internalizing the Psalms (Portland: BLP, 2001)
- Saving Your Marriage Without a Counselor (Portland: BLP, 2005)
- The Wonderful World of Worship (Portland: BLP, 2006)
- The Miracle Meal: Rediscovering the Power of the Lord’s Supper (Portland: BLP, 2007)
- The Prophetic Rift 1840-1900: How Adventism has Historically Misunderstood and Misapplied the Prophetic Gift (Portland: BLP, 2007).
- Kingdom Adventism, editor and main contributing author (Redlands, CA: Kingdom Life Fellowship, 2008).
- The Prophetic Rift 1900-2000: How Adventism has Historically Misunderstood and Misapplied the Prophetic Gift, Volume II (Portland: BLP, April 2009).
(These books are available through selected Adventist Book Center Stores or can be ordered directly at a discount through Kingdom Life Fellowship (909) 478-3700)