I found the article "Close That Door!" The Ministry, August, 1961, especially challenging. The seven points on how to close the door were all good. However, I believe there are other viewpoints that should be considered on this very important problem.
The New Testament question of three words, "Is any merry?" is answered by James himself in the words "let him sing psalms" (James 5:13). Singing psalms is indeed a good occupation, whether one is merry or sad, as the singing—with understanding—of psalms will lead the singer into a much deeper experience with God.
The atonement is the heart of the plan of salvation. A proper understanding of its meaning is necessary to a correct view of such important matters as the nature of God, the incarnation and work of our Lord, and the requirements for salvation. But the word itself has changed its meaning.
Here we are on the verge of eternity, and we stand with pitifully small evangelistic budgets while we face soaring costs to maintain the overhead and understandable demands for additional physical facilities.
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The public relations program of our denomination is now a well-seasoned fifty years old! Often thought to be one of the new departments, the public relations work will observe its golden anniversary in 1962.