A DRAMATIC shift of emphasis seems to be taking place in the religious life of America. Americans are turning to religion again, and young people are at the fore front of this thrust. Church attendance swelled by nearly three million in the past three years, as compared with an increase of only 5.5 million over the twenty-year period between 1951 and 1971. Interestingly, it is largely in the fundamentalist-conservative churches that such rapid growth is occurring. . .
LEIGHTON FORD correctly declares that the Christian is true to his calling only when he is engaged in evangelizing the world about him. He quotes Archbishop Temple by saying, "The church is the only organization on earth which does not exist for the sake of its members." 1 There has been a tendency among some in recent years to downgrade evangelism. But a new day is dawning for gospel outreach. . .
THE CHARISMATIC movement, with its lightning growth and its unprecedented penetration of the mainline Protestant churches and the Catholic Church, is among the great issues in the world of religion today. . .
THE MINISTRY of reconciliation takes many forms. It is a ministry of love, a ministry of courage, a ministry of exaltation, and a ministry of encouragement; but in contemporary Christianity it is perhaps the ministry of reproof that has been the most neglected aspect. . .
ALTHOUGH he did not begin his ministry in the time of Uzziah, Micah was contemporary with Isaiah, exercising his prophetic office during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah in Judah. It was a critical time for God's people, and the prophets Hosea, Amos, Obadiah, and possibly Joel (Prophets and Kings, p. 108) had been sent along with Isaiah and Micah to prepare Israel for the Assyrian invasion and captivity of the northern kingdom. Of this group Micah seems to have been the youngest.
THE APOSTLE JOHN wrote his Gospel with a specific and very direct purpose. He declares this to be: "Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book: but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name" (chap. 20:30, 31).*
FEAR GOD. The first two words of the first angel's message are profoundly significant for an age that has become casual and care less toward the Deity and is so often irreverent. There is a logical progression in what the three an gels say, and these very first words need to be understood because they lay the foundation for all of man's relationships to his Maker and to his fellow man. . .
PART 1 OF THIS series reviewed the shock that rocked the Christian world when scientific discovery began to challenge the Ptolemaic world view, which conceived of the universe as geocentric. The church had placed itself in an untenable position by officially prohibiting the teaching that the earth moved about the sun. . .