Is it the second coming of 1888? Is it radical Christo-centrism birthing a bold, new prophetic Adventism? Is it spiritual snack food—a feel-good Jesus—doled out like cookies for the all-too-comfortable?
Such questions invite the one activity that the One Project—a pastor-led initiative to make Jesus the center of Adventist consciousness—seems bound to stimulate. That activity is conversation among the troubled, hopeful people who bring thought to their experience in Adventism.
Sigve Tonstad is currently working in Oslo, Norway, where he teaches and produces scholarly writing, as well as working as a physician. At the same time, he holds the position of associate professor of religion at Loma Linda University, from which he earned his medical degree. He has also studied at Middle East College, Andrews University, Duke University and the University of St. Andrews, where he earned a Ph.D. in biblical studies.
James Londis served substantial periods as religion teacher (at Atlantic Union College), pastor-preacher (at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church near Washington, D.C.), and health-care administrator (both in Boston and in Kettering, Ohio). Most recently he returned to teaching at Kettering College, from which he retired this past spring.
Roy E. Gane is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Languages at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University. Originally from Australia, he earned his undergraduate degrees (B.A. in Theology and B.Mus. in piano performance) at Pacific Union College and completed M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in biblical Hebrew language and literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
What are Adventist theologians up to, and why?
Beginning this week, The Ear will present occasional interviews with practitioners of the theological vocation, some long established and others newer to their work. The interviews will involve persons seen as conservative and those seen as not so conservative. In every case, interview subjects will be passionate about interpreting Adventism for a community facing the ever-new challenges of faith lived out the world of today.