THE TAUNT that Jesus anticipated from His home town congregation at Nazareth consisted of the familiar Jewish proverb, "Physician, heal thyself." Jesus, of course, was the only Man who never needed that kind of ad monition. It is, however, most pertinent to those called by Christ to be physicians of the soul today. Before we can heal others we must find healing and restoration for ourselves. . .
WE MINISTERS, regardless of the academic sophistication that seems to crown with a halo the art of counseling, are often faced with the need to counsel. In our attempts to help people solve their problems, we face certain pitfalls as counselors. Our calling as undershepherds does not guarantee immunity to falling into these traps. . .
ONE ASPECT of the theme of the Sabbath's being made for man and not man for the Sabbath is of utmost importance and has not yet received the attention it requires: The Sabbath has a vital role in the plan of salvation. . .
THE FILM Footprints in Stone has enjoyed a wide circulation since its release a few months ago. Its reception has been enthusiastic. And well it might be. The film reports the finding of human or manlike tracks and closely associated dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy River bed near Glen Rose, Texas. . .
AMONG Adventists there seems to be considerable antipathy for Mars' Hill and the approach to witness it has come to represent. This feeling apparently carries over to our attitude regarding Christian apologetics (the logical defense of the faith in the face of secular philosophical debunking). Many view this kind of apologetics as unnecessary; it's not the simple gospel. . .
THE FACT that Cod uses men at all is a wonderful reality. From one point of view He doesn't need us. As Jesus once said, He could use stones if He wished, but He has chosen to use men. This means, of course, that He has chosen to use imperfect instruments. Yet our imperfection will not block God if our attitudes are such that we are willing to be used by Him. . .
FIVE MILES south of Bethlehem, on the border of the wilderness of Judea, lies a small town, which was known as Tekoa in the time of the Old Testament prophets. Agricultural endeavors stop in this vicinity, which is quite dry and bare, a semi-desert region. In such rather desolate areas the sycamore fig tree seems to flourish. It is a semi-wild tree, the fruit of which is eaten by the people of these regions. . .
Thinking back over many years of committee work, I find that one particular type of individual has often captured my unhappy attention. It is the person who feels compelled to comment on every subject. Uninhibited by lack of knowledge and experience, he is an instant reactor. And his ideas are often as far out as they are fluently expressed. When he asks for the floor, the stifled feelings of exasperation around the room are almost audible. . .