FROM the 1973 Annual Council, one noted for the spirit of revival and reformation, an appeal went out to all of our church members to double their weekly giving for the Sabbath school. This is an excellent suggestion and one that will be heartily received by many of our dear faithful people around the world. In the light of rising prices, the energy crisis, and the untold problems that are plaguing our world, any effort to provide the means for the speedy completion of our task should be applauded and embraced. So we wholeheartedly endorse the Sabbath school plan voted at the Annual Council. . .
WHEN we tear away all the family rhetoric, when we dispense with all the verbiage of marriage exhortations, in essence the purpose of the family is not only to encourage but to enable the members of such a unit to grasp a fuller individuality, a more abundant opportunity to think and to do. This then must be our starting point! Take the finger of your mind and lay it against the throbbing anticipation of all parents and children for such fulfillment. . .
SUPPOSE from the time your children are old enough to sit up, they are snatched away from you for three or four hours a day by a powerful sorcerer. This sorcerer is a story-teller and spinner of dreams. He plays enchanting music. He is an unfailingly entertaining companion. He makes the children laugh. He teaches them jingles to sing. He is constantly suggesting good things to eat and wonderful toys for their parents to buy them. . .
THE deterioration of the marriage relationship in American society has assumed almost epidemic proportions. The long lists of divorces and separations in the daily newspaper, the distraught people we come in contact with, the shocking news that long-time friends have decided to separate, and the current attitudes of people toward the marriage relationship are constant reminders of the high rate of divorce in the United States. . .
We all agreed that too often we present the gift of prophecy and the work of Ellen White at the very end of a series of meetings. Now the General Conference president was asking us Is it possible to bring the Spirit of Prophecy to the front in a new approach to evangelism?
THESE are startling claims. Inasmuch as the theories of early man current in the scientific world are diametrically opposed to any reasonable literal interpretation of the Genesis account of human origins, the assertion that these theories must be "tossed out" is bound to capture the attention of conservative Christians. . .
IN HIS prefatory remarks to the award-winning television series "Civilization," Kenneth Clark noted that what a person, institution, or society builds or creates is a far better index of real beliefs, attitudes, and aspirations than their utterances in speech or print. For this reason we ought to be very careful about what our buildings reveal to others about us. . .
IN RECENT times the world has witnessed instance after instance of mind manipulation, most notably in the staged trials of political prisoners. What it has not been aware of, however, is the degree to which more subtle forms of mind manipulation are affecting millions of people. Modern communications bring the world into our living rooms daily; techniques of propaganda and salesmanship have been refined; there is scarcely any hiding place from the constant visual and verbal assault on the mind. . .