He Bible Research Institute (BRI) serves the needs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church around the world in the areas of theology, doctrine, and the Christian way of life. Five Adventist theologians with expertise in several fields continue the work of the BIS: Elias Brasil de Souza (Old Testament), Kwabena Donkor (systematic theology), Ekkehardt Mueller (New Testament), Artur Stele (Old Testament) and Clinton Wahlen (New Testament) Testament) Testament). In addition, Ángel M. Rodríguez (Old Testament) and Gerhard Pfandl (Old Testament) lent their expertise on a part-time basis. We have three full-time assistants: Brenda Flemmer (administration), Marlene Bacchus (desktop publishing) and Marly Timm (administration).
The responsibilities of the BRI can be grouped under three main headings:
to research. It identifies areas and issues requiring biblical research in the Seventh-day Adventist Church; organizes and conducts research with other Adventist theologians; and attempts to improve and deepen the understanding and expression of biblical truth. The second is apologetics, respond to the challenges of the Adventist faith. Third, the BIS serves as consultant to church leaders on matters relating to biblical interpretation, doctrine, and theological trends within the church.
This BRI quinquennium has been called upon to play a leading role in organizing International Bible and Mission Conferences (IBMCs) for the world church. In consultation with the division management on the needs of their local domains and in response to their requests, 65 IBMCs were conducted. Vital topics for pastors and administrators were discussed in the areas of hermeneutics, Daniel and Revelation, the remainder, the sanctuary, Adventist identity, righteousness by faith, the Trinity and Creation. Special emphasis was also placed on mission, evangelism, education and retention. Selected presentations from these conferences are now available in one of the BRI’s latest books,
Preach the word.
Other books published during the quinquennium were
The Church, Culture and Spirits: Adventism in Africa (2011), Message, mission and unity of the Church (2013), as well as five new volumes to date in 2015: The great controversy and the end of evil; Jesus of nazareth (two volumes); Marriage: Biblical and Theological Aspects; and “Which human beings do you remember? »Proceedings of the Third International Bible Conference.
Much of the work of the BIS is done through committees. These include:
Biblical Research Institute Committee (BRICOM). This committee, made up of about 40 theologians from around the world and several church administrators, meets twice a year to advise the BIS on the books we publish and other matters.
Bible research committees (CRB). During this quinquennium, each division, through its Local Biblical Research Committee (BRC), has contributed to the study of ordination and the review of our 28 core beliefs, as have the members of BRICOM, which includes representatives of the BRC. In addition, the division BRCs addressed local issues such as Seventh-day Adventists and Military Service (EUD), Adventists and Politics (SID, SSD), and the Prosperity Gospel (WAD). The work of the BRCs is vital to fostering our theological and doctrinal unity for a rapidly growing church.
Ethics Committee of the Biblical Research Institute (BRIEC). This committee was established in 2012 to help respond to inquiries from divisions and other entities on practical matters. Recently, he has covered topics related to Sabbath observance, marriage and sexuality (including transgender issues), assisted suicide, gambling tithing, and more.
Sola Scriptura research group. The BIS, in conjunction with the Department of Theology and Christian Philosophy at Andrews University, meets periodically to help the world church develop a methodology for its theological work that is Bible-based and theologically sound to promote its ministerial and missiological dimensions.
In addition, BRI staff members pursue other writing duties. Seven new versions of BIS were released during this quinquennium on topics ranging from the Trinity and the Substitute Atonement to the Sanctuary and Daniel and Revelation. BRI also heads the Theological Subcommittee of the Faith and Science Council (FSC), which publishes a two-volume set on Creation. The first volume,
The creation story from Genesis and its reverberations in the Old Testament, is now complete, with a more popular version. Future plans with FSC include the accompanying volume of this set, which examines the topic in relation to the New Testament, and a forward-looking volume on theodicy.
BIS staff also write for the new
Seventh-day Adventist International Bible Commentary series and tome Andrews Bible Commentary, and chapters from the book in preparation for this year’s Ellen G. White Symposium. Future volumes will be published in the next quinquennium on the Sabbath, marriage, and textbooks on a range of topics. A new biblio-theological dictionary and a new study committee for Daniel and the Apocalypse are also planned.
BRI also publishes a quarterly newsletter,
Reflections, whose issues, as well as other publications, articles, and eBooks, are available at adventistbiblicalresearch.org. The newsletter helps pastors and busy church leaders around the world stay current on a variety of theological and practical matters. During this five-year term Reflections released statements on creation, hermeneutics, caring for the dying, Adventist involvement in politics, and transgender. The BIS also collaborates with other entities of the General Conference on the review of documents intended for the Bible Study Guide for Adults, Adventist Review, Ministry, and other publications.
Finally, BRI staff deliver crash courses at theological seminars around the world, advise students in their research, speak as guest speakers at camp and worker reunions, and share their expertise on dozens of television broadcasts. .