WE HAVE urged through the years that those in the ranks of our laymen, working in the cause of God, should show enthusiasm and resourcefulness in their tasks. We have told them that they should be cooperative with the leadership, that they should seek to develop the art of witnessing for Heaven. . .
THERE was a time in the history of the Christian church when men worked to earn their livelihood while ministering to the needs of the people. These original disciples were self-supporting missionaries. There is some evidence that in the end of the church operation this situation will again be true. In the interim God has mercifully provided for the support of the successors of the Levitical priesthood through the tithing system. . .
THE burden of preaching may be ex pressed in various ways. It is the task of feeding the flock, of building up and edifying the saints, of clarifying and defending the faith, of expanding and extending the kingdom of God on earth, or one of many other very vital and meaningful functions. . .
WHEN geological science began to take the interest of many during the Renaissance, the Genesis flood was generally invoked to explain the formation of coal. Some of these early studies were well executed, and the interpretations based on Flood geology were sound and reasonable. If this trend had continued, it is most likely that the questions concerning the source and formation of coal would be well answered today, but such is not the case. Much uncertainty and speculation still characterize coal geology. Little progress has been made in the past century. . .
SOME time ago a religious journal ran a series of intriguing articles under the general title, "If I Were a Minister." Every article was written by a layman whose privilege it was to "sit under" a particular preacher Sunday by Sunday. Ministers were told firmly, yet kindly, all sorts of useful things how to preach, how to pray in public, how to visit the sick, how to counsel the perplexed, how to work happily with all sorts of people, how to look after the young and the middle-aged and the old, how to deal with the strong-willed and with the tenderhearted members of the flock, how to manage the cranks who come along, and so on. . .
THE world is careening down the highway of anarchy. High-minded youthful hoodlums in all countries are intent on developing their talents in the direction of the three R's of ruling, ruining, and rioting. Society in general acts like that group of people who were attending a parent-teacher association meeting in one of our Western cities. . .
FIFTY-ONE thousand seven hundred and fifty-five. Any way you look at it, it's still a big number, especially to the ministers of the Middle East Division. Our president, F. C. Webster, placed that number on the wall of the division committee room to be a reminder to us that there are 51,755 people in the Middle East for each Seventh-day Adventist in our division, and 51,755:1 is the highest ratio population to members in any of our world divisions, with the exception of China. . .
IN OUR approach to this vital and important theme, it is well for us to pray for a well-balanced mind a mind that will not go to an extreme on a single text, but will give careful and thoughtful study to other and similar passages in Holy Writ before coming to a conclusion. . .