Andrews University, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA, will partner with other organizations to operate a small Adventist bookstore in St. Louis, Missouri, as a service especially for international delegates during the 61st session of the General Conference to be held June 6-11, 2022, according to university president Andrea Luxton.
Luxton said the bookstore will be located in the Hampton Inn at 333 Washington Street, six minutes and two blocks from the America’s Center convention complex where GC session meetings will be held.
The main purpose of Andrews’ participation in the bookstore is to present the new Andrews Bible Commentary to the global church, says Luxton. The concise two-volume commentary is a 10-year project commissioned and funded by the General Conference and Andrews University, involving more than 60 Bible scholars from around the world.
“This commentary project marks a huge event in the history of Adventist publishing,” Luxton said. “It was conceptualized specifically to be a concise two-volume work where church scholars produce truly accessible commentary for people in the church. And they did all of this work under the expert guidance of editor-in-chief Angel Rodriguez, former director of the General Conference Institute for Biblical Research.
“There will be hundreds of delegates and their guests at the GC session,” she added. “With today’s enormous challenges in supply chains and international shipping, getting books to other places efficiently and inexpensively is extremely difficult. This small bookstore, just around the corner from the meeting hall, will be where delegates and their families can purchase Andrews Bible Commentary and other books for themselves and others at home.
“Andrews University … has an obligation to use all reasonable opportunities to make the commentary, and these other important works, accessible to other parts of the world.”
Besides the Andrews Bible Commentaryother books from Andrews University Press will be available, according to Stephen Payne, spokesperson for the university and assistant to the president for academic and public affairs.
“Andrews University Press is the leading academic publishing house serving the global church,” Payne said. He noted that Andrews had operated the press for more than 50 years, publishing the works of leading Church thinkers and writers, including Gerhard Hasel, George Knight, Norman Gulley, Ranko Stefanovic, Calvin Rock and many others.
Payne said other organizations and business partners offering books in the store will include the General Conference Biblical Research Institute, publisher of Richard Davidson’s new book. song for the sanctuary; Types & Symbols, a private publisher of “Conflict Beautiful”, a set from Ellen White’s Conflict of the Ages series, and the Light and Life collection, which includes Steps to Christ, Christ’s Object Lessonsand Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings; and Pacific Press, which will offer a selection of flagship titles, including a major new release, The Three Angels’ Messagesa compilation of Ellen White’s writings on this fundamental Adventist subject.
Payne noted that the 2022 General Conference session will be the first in decades not to include a huge exhibit hall where various church organizations will showcase their work.
“The global response to the global pandemic has required a different approach to doing church business in a session,” Payne said. “Andrews understands and supports the session leadership’s decision not to have an exhibit hall for this session, and we are primary sponsors of the General Conference Online Virtual Exhibit Hall. At the same time, a bookstore is not an exhibition. It is a vital service for the church. The two engines of our movement, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, are preaching and books, and when large numbers of Adventists around the world are gathered in one place, they expect to be able to take home the best books the church has.
The Adventist Bookstore will be open June 6-11, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday (Sabbath), 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.