Appeal to EASTRS members

The preparations for the new issue of our journal Spes Christiana are in their final stages. I believe it will once again contain a number of high quality articles about issues that will be of interest to most Adventist scholars in the fields of theology and related disciplines. And from data provided by our web-editor I may conclude that the book review section is rather popular. Of course, I hope that the quality of our journal will be maintained or even further increased and that the number of readers will also grow. Steps are taken to ensure that our journal is not only indexed in the SDA Periodical Index and Google Scholar, but in the future also in the Adventist Digital Library and the ATLA Religion Database. This will help to make the articles more accessible and to see them more frequently quoted in other academic publications.

But a journal does not come about by spontaneous generation. To guarantee its regular publication a constant flow of articles and of book reviews is needed. Ideally, the contributions come from authors who are connected with all Adventist institutions with theological faculties, spread over Europe. This is still far from reality, and therefore I launch an earnest appeal to keep Spes Christiana in mind in your academic work. No doubt many of our various theological staffs have been involved in projects that could result in a worthy publications. Perhaps quite a few have invested a lot of time in academic papers which they have read during a symposium or professional convention. If the results thereof have not yet been published, this work could perhaps be converted into an article in an upcoming issue of our journal.

If you are in doubt whether a particular topic and/or approach would be suitable for the journal, please contact Reinder Bruinsma (, and when you have a particular book in mind for a review, please contact Kerstin Maiwald, who is the book review editor ( If it concerns a subject about which I know little or nothing (and there are many such domains), I will make sure to get the right kind of advice. We are still in need of a number of manuscripts for the spring issue of 2022. The sooner these arrive the better, but not much later than early February, as the peer review process also tends to take a fair amount of time. (And—by the way—we are always looking for qualified peer reviewers with the expertise required for evaluation a particular topic.)

Working on Spes Christiana must be a combined effort and I need your help in the coordinating role that I fulfil as the General Editor.

I fervently hope that this appeal will result in the submission of a range of manuscripts. I hope to hear from many of you.

Blessings and warm greetings,

Reinder Bruinsma, General Editor

Spes Christiana volume 32 issue 1, June 2021

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Spes Christiana

Table of Contents Download


Reinder Bruinsma
First Published June 2021; pp. 3-6


Second Journey

Michael Pearson
doi 10.17613/yaba-r551
First Published June 2021; pp. 7-26

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Spiritualität als Beziehung:
Das Gott-Mensch-Verhältnis unter der Perspektive der Relational Models Theory

Philip Nern
doi 10.17613/qsra-5e07
First Published June 2021; pp. 27-60

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Emerging Church and Seventh-day Adventist Spirituality

Peter Roennfeldt
doi 10.17613/p21t-pp66
First Published June 2021; pp. 61-86

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Adventism, Postmodernity and Spirituality

Reinder Bruinsma
doi 10.17613/5jcv-q078
First Published June 2021; pp. 87-112

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What Do You Do When Your Prophet Dies?
Abigail, the Medium of Endor and the Raising of Samuel

Laurence A. Turner
doi 10.17613/kd16-6t55
First Published June 2021; pp. 113-136

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Kunstfehler Spiritualität

Andreas Bochmann
doi 10.17613/6zk1-f843
First Published June 2021; pp. 137-152

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Book Reviews

Is God Colour-Blind? Insights from Black Theology for Christian Faith and Ministry (Second edition)
Anthony G. Reddie.
London: SPCK , 2020. 152pp.

Trust and Doubt: Perceptions of Divine Inspiration in Seventh-day Adventist History
Denis Kaiser.
St. Peter am Hart: Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen, 2019. 453pp.

Ellen G. White: A Psychobiography
Steve Daily.
Conneaut Lake: Page Publishing, 2020.

Bavinck: A Critical Biography
James Eglinton.
Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020. 450 pp.

The Doctrine of God: Introducing the Big Questions
John C. Peckham.
London: T&T Clark, 2020. 262 pp.

Genesis: Seventh-day Adventist International Bible Commentary
Jacques B. Doukhan.
Nampa: Pacific Press, 2016. 544 pp.

ETTC programme

The European Theology Teachers Conference for 2021 will be held online. All EASTRS members are welcome to attend.

The theme is extremely current: Challenges of the Post-Corona World: Responding to Ethical, Sociological, Ecological and Digital Issues


All attendees should register via Eventbrite. Please register here.


All times are UK times.

Thursday 25 March

17:00 Keynote address
Luca Marulli (Collognes)
19:00 End of day

Friday 26 March

8:40 Devotional
Ana Džuver (Adriatic Union College)
09:00 Sigve Tonstad (Loma Linda)
Covid-19: Agony and Opportunity
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Steven Thompson (Avondale)
The Future of Buying and Selling According to Revelation in Light of Covid-19
10:00 Break
10:15 Reinder Bruinsma (Netherlands Union)
Does Covid-19 Qualify as a Sign of the Times?Download paper version
Gifford Rhamie (Newbold College)
The Racial Pandemic of Ignorance: What is Europe?
11:15 EASTRS Business Meeting
12:15 Lunch
14:00 Laurentiu Mot (Cernica)
The Great Reset Between Utopia and Programmatic Prophecy in Light of Johannine Apocalyptic Eschatology
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Hanz S. Gutierrez (Villa Aurora)
Viral Theology: Ecology, Multiculturalism, Body and God. Towards a Post-Confessional Religiosity
Elias Brasil de Souza (Biblical Research Institute):
Relevance and Implications of Joel’s Message for the Covid-19 Pandemic and Its Aftermath
15:30 Break
17:00 Friday vespers
18:30 Fellowship
19:00 End of day

Sabbath 27 March

09:00 Sabbath school
Rebirth of Planet Earth
10:00 Worship Service
What Do You Do When Your World Changes? (Laurence Turner)
11:00 Lunch
14:00 Subgroup discussions
15:00 Closing remarks
15:30 End of conference