The two mind-sets
Is it possible for two persons to observe the same kinds of evidence and reach opposite conclusions. MINISTRY Editor J.R. Spangler analyzes the reasons why and how this can happen.
Ellen White: prophet or plagiarist?
This careful and candid look at the way Ellen White used literary sources explores the implications for her inspiration, the trustworthiness of her writings, and the attitude of the church toward the Spirit of Prophecy in general The conclusion is perhaps best expressed in her own words: "No true doctrine will lose anything by close investigation."
Literary thief or God's messenger?
Plagiarism involves much more than the non-use of quotation marks. The author discusses the five ingredients of literary theft.
Human thoughts or divine truths?
Granted that Ellen White did use material without quotation marks more extensively than previously thought, does this make her any less inspired, any less a messenger to God's church today, and her counsels any less trustworthy than one hundred years ago?
Ministers without pulpits
If every Christian is called to pattern his or her life after that of the Saviour, then each Christian is called to minister to others.
Is Jesus Jehovah God?
Is the doctrine of the Trinity merely a relic of Roman Catholicism, as Jehovah's Witnesses maintain, or can it be found in both Old and New Testaments? Is Jesus Christ the Jehovah of the Old Testament?
What's wrong with being a pastor?
If Jesus had spent His earthly ministry in our church, we probably wouldn't think He amounted to much. He never became a conference president, and when He "retired" He was still pastor of a small church.
If not you—who?
It is time to proclaim to all the world that Jesus is coming soon! If we do not respond to the call of God at this crucial hour, who will? If we do not tell the good news, who will?
Shepherdess: The holding pattern
Like a circling jet waiting to land, sometimes our lives seem to be in a holding pattern. But we can gain courage as we examine God's holding pattern displayed in the lives of Elisabeth and Esther.
The landmark book "Understanding Church Growth and Decline" analyzes the major research on trends in growth and participation among the mainline U. S. Protestant churches during a quarter century.