Articles by Rex D. Edwards
More than ever, church leaders need moral wisdom and strength.
Enhancing the ministers' usefulness.
ADDRESSING himself to the assembly of the saints, the apostle says: "At any rate there has been no selfish motive. The very spring of our actions is the love of Christ" (2 Cor. 5:14, Phillips).*
Excommunication is a remedial measure that is not without redemptive intent.
The author, Rex Edwards, describes in vivid detail the capitulation of a soul fortress that resisted every assault for over twenty years.
Stewardship means much more than the narrow limits we have often placed upon it.
The typical church member does not identify himself as a minister or know how to fulfill ministry in his daily life.
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.
Rising costs of salesmen s calls are forcing business to find new ways of identifying good potential customers. Can we become more effective in our soul-winning efforts by taking a page from their book?
The church has somehow separated the baptism of water from the baptism of the Spirit, and thus it fails to understand that baptism is more than incorporation into the community of the committed. It is ordination for full participation in Christ's ministry.
Barriers between the church and the world of which it is a part.
This article points out that while stewardship includes fund-raising and other money matters, it "comes most sharply to focus in the Christian s daily work when he views it as divine vocation." Stewardship has implications for both the Christian s choice of his vocation and his performance of it.
How should we handle rebaptism, children who want to be baptized, and those who want to join our church but who have been baptized by modes other than immersion?
Six characteristics of a good public prayer.
The New Testament proclaims the priesthood of all believers. What then is the role of the clergy? How does their role differ from that of the rest of the members of the church?
Having much to do relieves, in part, the frustration of not knowing what to say.
We must, of course, affirm that the ministry of the Word of God cannot depend alone upon well-trained and educated talent.
How to add glitter and sparkle to your sermons
Pastors who respond impulsively and without planning and forethought to the array of continuing education opportunities that cross their desks are like a family that eats too many meals at fast-food restaurants.
The divine-human encounter reveals why the home visit is still an essential part of pastoring.
In person and office the pastor combines both the declaration of God's reconciling love to the congregation in worship, and the active ministration of that love to the congregation according to its several needs.
You can be a better reader.
A pastor's work is essentially telling the story of salvation, the proclamation of something that has happened in and to human history, the showing forth of a new relationship to God in Jesus Christ
It is proclaiming the Word of God.
Seven reasons a church wedding should be encouraged.
The relationship between evangelism and social action.
Should we baptize the unconverted? Does faith precede or follow baptism?
Even Adventists regard evangelism with pessimism and skepticism. They dislike tactics based on fear, intimidation, manipulation, and coercion that cause the message to be lost in the method. Such uneasiness accounts for the chiding references some employ in caricaturing evangelism as the E word.
It is the Spirit that giveth life.
I have some concerns for my church. It is unlike me to express my quarrels because of my love for the church, its people, and its leaders. Nevertheless, I have encountered these concerns and felt the need to encourage them.
Ministry and the truth as it is in Jesus
Do we pastors ever hate our enemies? Who are our enemies, anyway?
Know the gospel. Experience the gospel. Communicate the gospel.
It's a family. It's a body. It's a building. It's a bride. It's us.
Importance of continuing education: skills for survival
Spiritual leadership in a Christian democracy
Two views of the church
Principles for leading churches from a spiritual base.