What are the greatest sources of frustration for the Adventist pastor? What areas cause the most satisfaction? How seriously does family life affect pastoral morale? A recent sampling indicates that personal factors, even more than professional expertise, may determine effectiveness and contentment in pastoral ministry.
Justification by grace through faith has been the author's spiritual "bread and butter" for more than thirty years, both as a Lutheran and as a Seventh-day Adventist. Those, he says, who suggest that our message lacks theological validity because we have managed to produce some legalists among us, are fighting the wrong battle.
Have we so emphasized the eschatological aspect of the pre-Advent judgment that we have failed to see a wider scope——a dual role to Christ's sanctuary ministry——that involves both the saints and the antichrist?
Like weeds, thoughtlessness in the content and wording of public prayer has an amazing way of flourishing and spreading. Of course, God accepts even the clumsiest prayer when sincerely offered, but should we not seek to approach Him with all the weeds eradicated?
Pastors ought to give as much attention to the Biblical grounds for reconciliation as they do to establishing the Biblical grounds for divorce. This is the message of Geoffrey Bromiley's God and Marriage.