Seventh-day Adventists around the world are, for the first time this quarter, studying the Bible’s oft-repeated call to do justice. Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown wrote the companion book to the church’s Adult Bible Study Guide. We asked him about our duty to minister to the needs of those around us.
Since the time of Jesus, visiting the places of His life has fascinated His followers and attracted them from all over the world. Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown and friends Michelle Villis and Brenton Stacey joined these pilgrims and tourists this past year. They travelled together as part of a larger tour group through Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories to visit the places of so many of the Bible stories. And they wrote the story of their journey with reflections on what they learned along the way.
The beards and dress-ups at the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Annual Council in historic Battle Creek were possibly worse publicity than the debate about preserving church authority. When we seek to revive an imagined “golden age” past, we tend to fit our version of the gospel around that same image.
Some 74 years after a publisher first expressed interest, Signs Publishing has published the missionary stories of Rose-Marie Radley’s father Jack, a medical boat captain in the heyday of the Seventh-day Adventist mission fleet in the South Seas.
The provision of healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru is beset by problems—inbuilt inefficiencies, poor governance and quality processes and obstruction that delays care in some instances for years. Nathan Brown and Dr Sara Townend argue the regime is unacceptable and untenable.
Bringing faith to justice enhances the latter and brings relevancy to the former but requires repentance, humility and a willingness to engage with the community.