IF THERE ever was a time when preaching was a necessity, it certainly isn't now." This insolent observation was made to a minister by a minister's son, and it is reflective of a growing attitude on the part of men and women of all age groups. The essential role of the minister does not stand out as clearly today as it once did, and many churchgoers attend out of loyalty and custom rather than as a result of any flaming passion to be present at a given worship service. . .
SPEEDING through the fast-falling snow, headed for one last meeting after a busy Sabbath, we approached the crest of a hill on what seemed to be a straight road, typical of the section-line thoroughfares in central Michigan. We relied on the curve warning signs for safety on the few exceptions. In the trunk were two cans of gasoline carried to prevent the purchase of motor fuel on the Sabbath. . .
ONE of the most fascinating phases of Bible study is the study of Bible prophecy. Descriptions of the world just before Jesus comes and the glorious hope of a peacefully inhabited earth in the not-too-distant future will ever intrigue the mind of the prayerful and diligent student of Scripture. . .
WITH workers throughout the world field launching forth into public evangelism, some for the first time, a check list may prove a helpful guide to things that must be done to ensure success. Thorough preparation will make it possible to attend to all detail work before the meetings begin, so that while the meetings are in progress the all-important matter of intensive visitation may be given priority. Many are the things that can be dispensed with in evangelism, but visitation is not one of them if the worker is to enjoy success. . .
RELATIVELY few church and school programs operate without some degree of financial perplexity. This one problem, in many cases, occupies more of the pastor's time than soul winning. It is also a breeding ground for many unscriptural and unhallowed methods of fund raising which lessen respect for the house of God and His worship, and strengthens "selfishness, appetite, the love of display" (Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 91). . .
THE need for more expository sermons anchored in the scripture text, highly informative, and preached in the power of the Holy Spirit is sometimes painfully apparent. Such sermons should be heard by audiences attending our evangelistic meetings and also by Seventh-day Adventist congregations gathered to hear our preachers on the Sabbath day. . .
TO JESUS' affirmation of the Sabbath, in principle, and to the demonstration of this principle in His Sabbath miracles, He added His own personal example. The Gospels repeatedly mention Jesus' personal attendance at the synagogue service. Six of the seven Sabbath miracles occurred in connection with attendance at either the synagogue or the Temple. . .