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May 1981

 

Editorial: Why Johnny can't listen to the sermon

If your congregation is composed of "average American families" you have a competitor that is absorbing their attention some forty-four hours a week compared with the three or four they give you in church.

 

Recommended Reading

Funerals could be made less stressful, confusing, and costly, maintains the author of It's Your Funeral, if people would only admit the possibility of death and make some simple choices in advance.

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Strategies for origins

Theologians, as well as scientists, have proposed a wide variety of strategies for uniting the geological record with the Bible. In this brief survey a Ministry editor takes a look at the various approaches.

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A new love affair

She had bathed in the familiar and the loved. Change seemed impossible to accept. But in time her new surroundings grew familiar, and changing affections provided a new place for her heart to reside.

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Ministerial tuneup

Do we give more attention to maintaining our automobiles than to safeguarding our health? Such a practice could result in ministerial breakdown. Here are fifteen tips for maximum daily performance.

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The doctrine of beginnings

What the Bible teaches about Creation proves to be more fundamental and pivotal to all of Christian thought than most of us have realized. Warren H. Johns continues the series, This We Believe, with an examination of this crucial doctrine and its implications for contemporary Christians.

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What's in it for me

Peter's question still speaks for ministers today. How we answer it for ourselves determines what kind of ministry we shall have.

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"Monkey trial" ruling pleases creationists

"Evolutionists have been given notice that their monopoly in the classroom is running out," says Kelly Segraves, plaintiff in the recently concluded challenge to the California school system.

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Treasure in earthen vessels

It is possible that unsuccessful communication with your congregation is caused not by being a poor preacher but by having a poor pastoral image. Kenneth R. Prather, a practicing pastor, shares four elements that will enhance your congregation's perception of you.

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Bringing the sermon to a close

The author gives specific points to remember when planning the hardest part of the sermon the conclusion.

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Michelangelo: Poetic Theologian

Having achieved perpetual fame for his magnificent artistry, Michelangelo is often overlooked as a poet. But it is here that he expresses his personal defeat, his frustration with sin, and his intense desire for the assurance of salvation.

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Pain precedes healing

The heart of every inactive church member contains deep reservoirs of hurt. Calling on such a member is an anxiety-provoking event, but one essential for healing to begin. And the healing process itself causes pain both for the healer and the healed.

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The essence of dispensationalism

A system of Biblical interpretation begun in the nineteenth century is embraced by many Christians today. What are the key concepts of this relatively recent hermeneutical method, and how do they differ from what the church has generally held?

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