Tell the World is an ambitious film that represents a step forward for a Seventh-day Adventist production, breaking out from the traditional “talking heads” documentary. It represents progress in an Adventist understanding of how visual media works best: as a communicator of attitudes, emotions and values rather than of information.
At the conclusion of his gospel, John makes this comment: there’ll always be more books written about Jesus (see John 21:25). Across his decades of writing and editing, Avondale alumnus Dr William Johnsson has taken this seriously, returning regularly to the story. His newest instalment in this lifelong project is the two-volume Jesus of Nazareth, and it’s a worthy addition to the library of re-tellings John anticipated.
Author Nathan Brown acknowledges the negative reaction to the title of his book, Why I Try to Believe, in the book itself. But isn’t figuring out how our own experiences have built or shaken our faith an experiment that will go on for as long as our lives last? asks Becky De Oliveira in her review. Acknowledging there are no easy answers, but that commitment to God through faith is worthwhile anyway, “Brown challenges us in a quiet and deeply respectful way to ‘walk on’ in faith” and “makes it seem like a noble approach.”
Dr William Johnsson served for 24 years as editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s flagship journal Adventist Review. Now retired, the Avondale College of Higher Education alumnus continues to write and speak about Jesus and grace.
As society and situations become more challenging and complicated, we may have to admit that some of the answers from generations ago no longer satisfy today’s believers.