HAVE you ever watched twentieth century divine healers pack the crowds in? Seeing the masses jam tents and halls almost causes a covetous spirit to possess me. True, the antics and general confusion present at most of these healing sessions are rather distasteful and at times sacrilegious. Yet, the eager crowds in attendance always intrigue me. . .
THE major health problem in our world today is the disease of sin with its result ant effects on the physical, mental, and spiritual natures. The classic World Health Organization's definition of health is that "Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. . ."
WERE a pen of inspiration to outline "a program for ministerial effectiveness during this new decade, what would be written? What great issues that challenge the ministry today would merit prophetic comment?
SELDOM had I found more perfect looking bananas when doing the weekly shopping, and now as we gathered for Sabbath breakfast the three fifths of us who are banana lovers anticipated this favorite item with a great deal of eagerness. But our enjoyment was to be short lived. When the peelings were turned back one bite was enough! Inside, those bananas were hard and green---too unripe to be palatable. What a disappointment! . . .
THEN said I, Here am I; send me" (Isa. 6:8). In a moment of enthusiasm I quoted these words to our ministerial secretary and the next thing I knew I was assigned to a church for a series of meetings. This led to deep heart searching to see if I were really up to it. I am used to preaching; but evangelism this would be a new experience.
All other major doctrines that we hold and teach Seventh-day Sabbath, Conditional Immortality, Second Advent, Spirit of Prophecy, Prophetic Interpretation, Pre-millennialism, Righteousness by Faith, Immersion, Tithing, et cetera have all been held by others, one group or more, in whole or in part, either in the past or the present. . .
WHEN I was a boy I attended a small church where a pastor was seldom present. But when he did come we felt that we were in the presence of one who walked and talked with God. Ministers were placed on high pedestals in those days. When one visited our home we were awed by his presence and fascinated by his words. . .
ANYONE involved in education whether it be a pastor, conference educational superintendent, college placement official, or a college teacher, is painfully aware of the problems involved in finding enough teachers to supply the demand for operating the denomination's elementary schools. The attrition rate and the turnover in elementary education in the Seventh-day Adventist parochial schools seem very high. . .