IS LAYMEN'S YEAR 1971 just another promotional contrivance? Here in the Takoma Park church we don't think so. With almost 1,300 members to care for, the pastoral staff manages to find plenty to do without attempting to develop a more complex machine. A favorite text of ours is "For our rejoicing is ... in simplicity" (2 Cor. 1:12).
WHEN I started my ministry about eleven years ago I was not a very good listener. This led to misunderstanding on my part of other people's problems, since I was not really tuned in to them, I was more interested in handing out advice and telling people what to do and how to do it. . .
THE spirit of liberalism is very attractive. Perhaps it may be partly traced to the tendency of many teachers and ministers to receive advanced degrees from worldly schools. Their association in these schools conditions them to accept a very liberal attitude. It gives a feeling of sophistication to mouth the utterances of worldly professors. This sophistication causes some to look down on those who have not been so closely associated with the worldly influences. . .
A WORKER possessed of an excellent spirit is as unique as a spring in the desert. He is one who drinks daily of the living water and has become a fountain of life. A force of such workers is a great inspiration and a mighty power. Such men constitute a successful conference soul-winning program. . .
William Jennings Bryan writes about the responses a speaker inspires in his hearers. He contrasted the people's reactions to the Roman Cicero and to the Greek Demosthenes. In their ancient times both were considered capable leaders, orators, and statesmen. But there was an important distinction between the two. . .
I WANT to talk about the six loves of a minister's wife. By these six loves I do not mean the six young hopefuls who asked you for dates (or perhaps whom you hoped would ask you for dates) in your academy and college days. I mean the loves that enrich and govern your life as you stand by the side of your minister husband. . .
I SAW that God's order has been reversed, and His special directions disregarded, by those who adopt the American costume. I was referred to Deuteronomy 22:5: 'The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.' God would not have His people adopt the so-called reform dress. . .