SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS, above all people, believe in charismatics. Where would we be as a church without the gift of prophecy? Here is a gift, expressly given for "building up the body of Christ" (Eph.4:12, R.S.V.). Here is a gift that has withstood the test of time and the impassioned attack of a multitude of critics. Here is a gift that is as relevant today as when it was first given. . .
CALL it revival, spiritual renewal, or whatever, something big and of unusual significance is happening in Roman Catholicism. Singing with great enthusiasm, holding hands in the air while praying, speaking and singing in tongues, tens of thou sands of Catholic Pentecostals claim a deeper prayer life, praise God for an ongoing conversion and are studying the Scriptures on a scale rarely seen in Catholic history. Written off by some as "sheer emotionalism" and feared by others as "just another divisive factor," Catholic Pentecostalism is coming of age. . .
GLOSSOLALIA, or speaking in tongues, is by now a familiar, if not a completely understood, phenomenon. Several years ago the average person would not have been aware of the meaning of the term glossolalia. Today, because of its widespread manifestation within and without the church walls, even the man in the street is conversant with the term. . .
THOSE who today claim to experience the Holy Spirit's gift of tongues invariably appeal to the glossolalia in the Corinthian church as recorded in chapter fourteen to substantiate their own position. . .
IF PAUL uses the word tongues or languages (which is a better rendering of the Greek word glõssa) differently in 1 Corinthians 14 than it is used elsewhere in the New Testament, one must conclude that he is talking about something other than "languages." If the word is used in the same way as in other places, one must conclude that Paul is referring to the same gift as is mentioned elsewhere, that he is speaking of foreign or non-Greek languages. . .
EXPERIENCE taught me early in my ministry about the unique contribution the Bible instructor makes in evangelism. Working with one of these dedicated, trained personal evangelists, we formed a small team. The Lord blessed with fruitage and a new church of believers was formed. . .
BAPTISM is often thought of as the "sealing" of a person to the church, and the baptismal service itself is considered merely a formal act to be held in conjunction with a worship service. But in Brazil we have learned it can be so much more than that. . .
DRIVING home from church to day my children complained that the service was so long they were starving. After having celebrated Communion that's all they could think about since we didn't leave church until twelve-fifty. They had a right to be tired and hungry, for the service lasted nearly two hours. From shortly after noon onward they had been restless as they realized the service was only half over. Each hymn sung after twelve o'clock added to their frustration. . .
MANY a man gazing into the silent heavens has felt like the poet and longed for assurance from One greater than himself. In all his early presentations to new interests the worker does well to remember that he lives in an existential age. . .
AS A priest and judge of Israel, Eli held the highest and most responsible position among the people of God. He had the spirit of the average thinking person and he loved peace. Since being exalted to the office of high priest, as many would say today, "he had arrived." His was the highest position in the land. He could say, "I'll eat, drink, and enjoy the advantages I have. The eyes of all Israel are on me. I am their leader. I give the orders. What I do is all right. My children are the children of the high priest. Let them be the leaders of other children. Let them speak and let other children look up to them. The nation wants it that way. They want us to lead them."