August 4, 2016:    Dr. William Johnsson, the noted Bible scholar and long-time editor of the Adventist Review, will lead the lineup of speakers at The One Project gatherings in Australia later this month in Sydney, August 20-21, and Perth, August 27-28. Hundreds of participants are reading his two-volume Jesus of Nazareth, published by the denomination’s Biblical Research Institute, in preparation.

The theme of these two events on the east and west coasts of the country is “His Message, His Passion” with the goal of knowing more about Christ and a Christ-centered faith. The book finds Jesus “a real flesh and blood Person who transcended accepted norms and crossed cultural boundaries, sometimes shocking even His devoted followers. He mingled with sinners, cared deeply for the marginalized and shattered concepts regarding women. He changed the world for all time.”

Johnsson grew up in Australia and began his career as a missionary from Australia to India, later joining the faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in the United States. He and his wife have retired in Loma Linda, California, where he continues to write and represent the denomination in inter-faith activities.

Other speakers will include Pastor Japhet De Oliveira, senior pastor for the Boulder (Colorado) Adventist Church; Pastor Dilys Brooks, director of the Center for Women Clergy at Loma Linda University; Pastor Tim Gillespie, a liaison with religious leaders in the community for Loma Linda University and a chaplain at Azusa Pacific University, another Christian institution in southern California; Dr. Terry Swenson, a campus chaplain and faculty member in the School of Religion at Loma Linda University; Dena King, co-owner of The Grey House, a boutique in Estes Park, Colorado; and Pastor Jessyka Albert, pastor for discipleship at the Boulder Adventist Church. Elia King, minister of music at the Boulder Adventist Church will serve as the worship leader for both events.

Copies of Johnsson’s book can be obtained from Amazon. Additional information about these events is available at www.the1project.org on the Web.