A DEDICATED lay leader of one of our small churches writes expressing deep concern for the work in the small towns and churches of our vast country. After lauding the progressive spirit of her town, she adds, "But our beautiful Seventh-day Adventist church has too many empty pews."
I HAVE been reading an in teresting book entitled Helping Youth in Conflict by Francis I. Frellick and published by Prentice- Hall. It describes the problems of the juvenile delinquent and how the church can help those youth with problems. One section deals with the language problem. The following paragraph was of utmost interest. . .
LOOKING around at the efforts of evangelical Christians to preach the gospel today, one might be struck with the almost heretical thought that maybe, just maybe, what passes for the Gospel of Christ in the twentieth century is not an exact reproduction of the original article. . .
I'm OUTSIDE looking in," he said sadly. Our eyes met. His were hurt. "No one notices me," he added. "I'm never invited to sit on the platform or offer prayer." So said a capable man who for years had faithfully filled numerous conference positions. In disappointment he passed to his rest early in retirement. . .
AFTER seeing the outstanding success of the Bible seminar plan used by J. F. Coltheart, Ministerial secretary of the Northern Europe- West Africa Division, I often wondered how this plan might benefit our work in North America. We have found it most helpful in developing a new congregation in areas where we have no church or an overcrowded church. . .
THE work of seed sowing is not "peanuts." The sower has to con tend not only with the temper of the elements but with all kinds of unpredictable as well as predict able factors. When the Saviour portrayed the gospel work as seed sowing (Matt. 13:3-8), He was both warning and challenging ministers in every age that their task is no weekend picnic. . .
GENERATIONS of Bible students have puzzled over the unfamiliar practices associated with the "high places" mentioned in the Old Testament. What were they and where were they located? What really went on in mountaintop "groves"? What were the "asherim"? Were the "pillars" phallic symbols? Tourists to the Holy Land in our own generation are often fascinated by sites such as Petra and Gezer. . .
GOD has not appointed any man guide, nor made any man conscience for another; therefore let human hands be withheld from restraining His servants who feel the burden to enter His vineyard to labor. Let God work with His own chosen agents by His Holy Spirit. No human being is to sit in judgment upon his brother. Neither are any to feel that they can handle roughly the precious pearls for which Christ gave His life. . .
Last month the four principal bases for scholars' rejection of the authenticity of an early dating of the book of Daniel were given. Then we examined the interpretation given by those who favor the late, or Maccabeah, dating. Now we continue with the critique. . .