OUR life and ministry have one objective. This objective is not looming in a hazy distance; its outlines are definite and exact. The special mission of the remnant church in this world is clearly presented to us: "We are here to become like God in character, and by a life of service to reveal Him to the world."
MAN'S existence is inseparable from matter. The inner drive to explore his environment quite naturally leads him to a study of the material world. Besides satisfying his innate curiosity, the Christian has at least two additional reasons for such a pursuit. First, he may learn more about his Creator. "Upon every page of the great volume of His created works may still be traced His handwriting. Nature still speaks of her Creator. . ."
PASTORS agree that one of the greatest challenges in the pastoral ministry is to effect successful solutions to the problems involving marriage relationships and parent-child misunderstandings. In some large churches a major portion of the pastoral staff's time is spent counseling in these areas. . .
THE cause of God is facing an unprecedented crisis. As we look around us we know beyond any doubt that the dragon is wroth with the woman and is making war with the remnant of her seed. (See Revelation 12:17.) As a matter of fact, he is working hard on Christians and non-Christians alike, for he knows he has but a short time. . .
THIS scribe has wasted considerable time watching television panels where experts pool their ignorance discussing the fix we are in and what to do about it. Like Omar, I usually come out the same door I went in. God is writing on the wall these days, but the soothsayers and "smoothsayers" cannot decipher the heavenly hieroglyphics. . .
THE Seventh-day Adventist Church has always used music as part of its worship service, from the days when it was composed of small scattered groups that sang the Advent hymns, to the present day of the too-large church with its great organ and splendid choir. . .
WOULD you like to have a sustained evangelistic thrust in your church? You can by conducting an evangelistic pastor's Bible class on a continual basis. With this plan in operation there is a place to invite interested people and prepare them for baptism. . .
IN THE spring of 1972 the scholarly world was caught by surprise when in Italy a Spanish papyrologist (with an Irish name) working on Greek papyri found in Jordan (near a Jewish sectarian settlement from the Roman period) announced that he had discovered the earliest extant manuscripts of the New Testament! Jesuit Jose O'Callaghan published his scholarly conclusions and a working hypothesis in the quarterly of Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute. . .
At a recent meeting with the elders of the churches of one of our conferences I asked for a show of hands by all who were expected to preach quite frequently on Sabbath mornings. A large percentage of the hands were raised. . .