Editorial Keynotes

Our three-point enlargment.

L.E.F. is editor of the Ministry.

Beginning with this issue, The Ministry, entering its eleventh year of service to our workers, makes its bow as a forty-eight-page magazine with a new and more attractive format—larger and destined to be increasingly better, we believe, than ever before. There are three conspicuously new features, each worthy of separate notice. The first is our new and distinctive "Medical Mis­sionary" section, which will receive about a third of the supplemental space, or approxi­mately eight pages. This important depart­ment will be discussed separately in the next editorial.

The second additional eight pages make pro­vision for two new fields of vital discussion : (1) "The Challenge of a World Task—a Sur­vey of Mission Problems, Methods, and Rela­tionships ;" and (2) "The Realm of Research—Historical, Archeological, and Scientific Find­ings." The avowed purpose of the foreign mission section will be to foster mission-mindedness and world-consciousness, discuss­ing intimately, clearly, and constructively these fundamental problems, as pertaining to and af­fecting our worker body the world around—for we are all tied together in this world-embracing movement.

The materials will be gathered from the men all over the world field who are best fitted to prepare them. They will include careful, dependable surveys of our unfinished task, together with a study of God's provisions for its consummation; the manning and mainte­nance of such a world movement, as to both missionary man power and finance; the unique, central, distinctive principle in the leading false religions that confront this movement, which must be understood and met; our rela­tionship to other religious bodies and to gov­ernments; the language and the illiteracy problems; dealing with the primitive mind; distinctive native evangelistic methods; and the vital changes that bear upon our world task taking place in the attitudes, customs, and con­ditions in various mission lands and their peoples. These are but suggestive. To state the scope is to visualize its far-reaching im­portance.

The other portion of this second eight pages will be devoted to scholarly articles of interest and profit to all, but especially pertinent to theological training and development in our colleges. These contributions will be prepared largely by the experienced Bible and history teachers of our colleges and seminary, and should constitute a bond of increasing unity between our field workers and our teaching fraternity. This section especially will be used in our theological training schools for collat­eral reading and class assignment. Thus the ministerial students, their teachers, and the field ministry will have a community of interest surpassing all previous provisions.

The concluding third of the Ministry en­largement will be utilized as advertising space appropriate to ministerial and churchly needs, such as stereopticons, films and film slides, re­ligious books and Bibles, gospel tents, ampli­fying and audiphone equipment, organs, evan­gelistic cuts and posters, communion-service sets, baptismal robes, church bulletin and hymnal boards, church seats and pulpit equip­ment, typewriters and duplicating apparatus, missionary supplies, rail and water transpor­tation, and the like.

These suitable and legitimate advertisements speak for themselves, and may properly appear in our columns. Along with our augmented subscription list, they help make possible the material enlargement of our journal. But in order for this advertising feature to prove con­tinuously successful, the advertisers must be made aware of its effectiveness as an advertis­ing medium. We therefore urge our readers, when patronizing the concerns and products displayed, or in asking for their catalogues, to specifically mention The Ministry by name as the prompting agency. This will influence favorably, if not indeed assure, the continued patronage of our columns by these concerns—and thus the continued enlargement of the workers' own journal. Please accept our ad­vance thanks for your cooperation on this im­portant point. May you enjoy your new Ministry.                                                         

L. E. F.

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L.E.F. is editor of the Ministry.

January 1938

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Please suggest a method of keeping notes, clippings, ideas for sermons, etc., in orderly arrangement so that they are available at a moment's notice.

Momentous Implications At Oxford—No. 1

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Transfer of White Estate Materials—No. 1

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A Call to United Action

Sensing our responsibility in giving leader­ship to this part of our work, as well as to all others, the General Conference leaders call upon all, leaders and people alike, to stand before the world as living exponents of health reform principles.

Battle Creek Medical Council

Our Medical Administrators' Council, held October 17-19, 1937, in the Battle Creek Sanitarium, prior to the Autumn Council, proved from several viewpoints to be a most profitable occasion.

Basic Principles of Health Teaching No. 1—Avoid Extreme Views and an Uncharitable Spirit

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Editorial Postscripts

From the Ministry back page.

Medical Missionary Association of Seventh-Day Adventists

Authorized by Action of Battle Creek Autumn Council, October 22, 1937.

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