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November 1975

 

Editorial: Rx for Spiritual Dullness

" 'How is it,' . . . 'that this untrained man has such learning?'" (John 7:15 N.E.B.). This question obviously did not imply that Christ was illiterate, but rather that He had no formal theological training. Even as a 12-year-old child He astounded the church's best minds with His questions and answers. . .

 

The Night the Stars Fell

One summer night in a seaside cottage, a small boy felt himself lifted from bed. Dazed with sleep, he heard his mother murmur about the lateness of the hour, heard his father laugh. Then he was borne in his father's arms, with the swiftness of a dream, down the porch steps, out onto the beach. . .

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By His Side

Dear Shepherdess: In the Garden State Shepherdess newsletter Lois Albers, a minister's wife in Hackettstown, New Jersey, shares her thoughts on mixed blessings. She says, "Are you ever confused a bit about your blessings? I am. Part of me is so glad, so really grateful about the many blessings I have. But another part of me is ashamed for taking so many wonderful things for granted— and even worse—for complaining about my blessings. . .

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Zechariah--Visions of Victory

THE BOOK of Zechariah deserves much more attention on the part of Christians than it is usually given. Not only is it the longest of the works produced by the minor prophets, being divided into fourteen chapters, but it is the most Messianic, eschatological, and apocalyptic of the writings of the timely twelve. . .

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Once Saved, Always Saved?

CHRISTIANS have long been divided over the question of whether a man, once saved, can subsequently forfeit salvation. The doctrine of the per severance of the saints popularly defined as "once in grace, always in grace" has been championed with fervor by millions of sincere Christians and devout Bible scholars. It has been opposed with equal fervor by other millions, equally sincere and devout. . .

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To Peel or Not to Peel

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1975, found me atop a mountain in southern California with my two young sons. We were eating lunch. My wife had included some sweet and juicy navel oranges that really made a hit after the long hike to the summit. As I sat peeling the orange, I noticed some very friendly chipmunks interestedly watching me. . .

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Victory Over Fatigue

Dottie and Roger have been up half the night getting ready, packing, trying to organize for their move from Harried Heights. And because in the morning people think they can do twice as much as what little time they have allows, Roger and Dottie are trying to juggle two days' work into one. . .

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Does Good Religion Include Good Health?

A SURVEY of the Gospels indicates that Jesus spent more time in healing the sick than He did in preaching. Why? Was it not because He recognized that spiritual healing and restoration involves every phase of man's being— physical, mental, social, and spiritual? Not only does good religion help promote good health but we are learning that good health promotes good religion. . .

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A Cry in the Night

THE letter began, "Dear Editor, Like so many other church members, I am concerned over all those (young and old) who leave the church. We are prone to think, It could never happen to me. But it can—even before the really troublous times fall upon us. It happened to me. While literally sitting in my church pew, I said to myself, 'You never thought it could come to this. . .

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Psychological Processes In Conversion

CONVERSION CAN never be explained completely, for conversion is a supernatural act of God transforming the individual into the unfolding image of God. . .

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The Downfall of Scriptural Geology

SURPRISING as it may seem, the majority of the geologists in early nineteenth-century England were advocates of the Biblical account of Creation and the Flood, thus earning them the title of "Scriptural geologists." Some had even switched professions from theology to geology—such as Adam Sedgwick, William Conybeare, and William Buckland. . .

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The Irreducible Minimum

LOVE IS the dominant characteristic of God, and love is outgoing. God's love reaches out to bestow its warmth upon the whole of His creation. . .

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Slapstick in the Sanctuary

THEY GIGGLED, then chuckled, then roared with laughter. A few pulled out their hankies and wiped away the tears brought on by so much laughing. The performance was hilarious. The man up front was really funny. He had them constantly "rolling in the aisles.". . .

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"The Common Catechism"

TEN YEARS AGO the "Dutch Catechism" stunned Roman Catholics. It was a daring discussion of divine rev elation, very much in tune with the spirit of Vatican II. Earlier this year, the publication of an ecumenical catechism, The Common Catechism,1 ushered in a new era in the ecumenical movement. . .

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The 1975 Seminary Bible Lands Tour

THIRTY-SIX ministers, evangelists, Bible teachers, administrators, doctors, editors, and laymen from ten countries (United States, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Oki nawa, Germany, Britain, and Bermuda) participated in the fourth Bible Lands study tour sponsored by the SDA Theo logical Seminary. Following the tradition of the earlier tours of 1957, 1959, and 1966, the 1975 tour also combined on-site lectures by Dr. Siegfried H. Horn with guided visits to all the important sites of Biblical interest in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. . .

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The Pastor as Church Administrator

HARTZELL SPENCE sets forth the essential qualifications of the minister in the following way: "To be worth his salt, a preacher must be sincerely pious, narrow to the point of bigotry in his private life, a master politician with both his parish and the higher church organization, and a financial juggler just one step up the heavenly ladder from Wall Street. Above all, he must have a quick wit, the courage of a first-century martyr, and a stomach that will not complain of meager rations. . .

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What a Man!

WHAT A man! What a pastor! Who can read the story of Moses without being deeply moved by his love and devotion to the great congregation that was his? What an encouragement it is to pastors today. Within Moses' flock were all sorts of people unappreciative, critical, faithless but like the Chief Shepherd, he loved them with a love that never failed. . .

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