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Articles by John M. Fowler

Increasing Baptisms the Easy Way (April 1976)

North American baptisms for 1975 total 33,055 as compared with the 1974 total of 31,471

What Is the Biblical View of the Laity? (December 1977)

With such potential in the rank-and-file membership of our churches, why have we not employed them more fully?

Calling for Decisions—Undue pressure or the Spirit's Opportunity? (April 1978)

There are Seventh-day Adventist ministers on both sides of the question, says John Fowler, and the answers may be more complex than either assumes.

I like BBC (November 1991)

To take extreme positions is a perennial temptation in theological life.

O come, let us worship! (October 1991)

Seven basic principles that define Christian worship as a moment of mystery and meaning.

Confessing God as Creator (September 1991)

Why is the continual affirmation of Genesis 1 so important to Christian faith and ministry?

God at work in us (August 1991)

God's grace is at work in the summoning and the enabling.

The transforming change (December 1992)

For when He conies and where He is, He demands change--- unpalatable, disturbing, radical, and costly change.

Who am I? (September 1992)

David's self-reflection is in a way a call to take stock of oneself, to pause before the Almighty and face the searching question, Who am I? A mini god? A fraud? A machine? Many answers have been provided: some far from truth; some true but futile. We shall reflect on three such answers and find fulfillment in another.

Journey to the cross (June 1991)

The cross is the Christian's ground of certitude.

Lessons from afar (August 1992)

I was the preacher during the crusade, but for the entire duration of the evangelistic campaign I found myself a disciple sitting at the feet of simple believers so totally immersed with the burden of sharing their faith. I found myself being taught instead of teaching, being an instrument of grace rather than an extension of a giant ecclesiastic machine. What did I learn?

The fullness of ministry (June 1992)

What, then, is ministry? Our Lord defined it for us long ago, when He stood at His hometown pulpit: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18, 19, NIV).

Strength to live or die (May 1992)

The problem, though, is not death. The problem is not even life. The problem is how to face the extremities of life or death. It is how to help others (our parishioners, for example,) look at life or death and not be overwhelmed by the impossibility or the horror of it all. It is to find a balance between anguish and serenity when perils of life or the certainty of death come knocking at our doors.

Is your God able? (March 1992)

God is. God is able. God is able to save.

The anatomy of betrayal (February 1992)

To be called into discipleship is one thing; to choose to bear the cross is another

Knowing God and knowing His Word (January 1991)

When the frightened king and the faithful prophet meet, there is both a sense of siege and an assurance of serenity*

The Screwtape technique (December 1994)

Don't allow yourself to be fooled to focus on the wrong things

Worship's true motive (November 1993)

Worship is a recognition that we are nothing, and He is all in all.

Peter's pastoral ethic (November 1994)

The risen Jesus thrice commanded Peter to feed His sheep (see John 21:15-17). The apostle in turn passed the command on to the elders in the church of every generation, including ours. As a pastor I find in this charge a prudent delineation of a ministerial ethic that defines the pastor's calling, commission, motivation, and leadership style.

Peter the preacher (September 1994)

If Peter were to reflect on the road that led to his first sermon, what would he say?

The Nazareth sermon (August 1994)

In His Sabbath worship experience in Nazareth, Jesus gave us three great lessons in Christian fellowship: its time, its basis, and its scope.

The mystery of Christ (July 1994)

"When you read this you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel" (Eph. 3:4-6).

The evidence of the grace of God (April 1994)

In this remarkable passage about a remarkable church, inspiration records for us a definition of grace that we need to hear again and again, and practice more often

A salute to pastors (May 1993)

In this Year of the Pastor I honor the memory of Pastor D. S. David, a servant of God whose ministry molded the lives of many in India.

Bangalore: affirming the future (February 1994)

Meeting in India for the first time invested the council with added meaning, with implications for the world church in the end-time setting in which it exists, hopes, and functions.

Cobwebs on the Communion table? (January 1994)

A pastoral reflection on the timeless message of the Lord's Supper.

Three affirmations (November 1995)

Three affirmations that define the uniqueness of the Adventist Church and its ministry.

Death, a defeated foe (July/August 1995)

The crucified and risen Saviour is God's answer to the ultimate enemy of human life.

Choosing leaders (June 1995)

Principles from the book of Acts that give us the qualities to expect from leaders and the guidelines the church should follow in choosing its leadership.

"What she has done will be told" (May 1995)

Let the Marys of the world today be affirmed in their call to minister to our Lord and find fulfillment in their mission.

Legalism: the power to bewitch (March 1995)

Why legalism seems so attractive and why it is a counterfeit gospel.

The I factor (February 1995)

What's wrong with the world?

The risk of Christmas (December 1997)

What Mother Teresa and Christmas have in common

Welcome! Your Church Family Album (June 1997)

A great gift for the newly baptized

Gospel and the Sabbath (May 1997)

Themes of the gospel portrayed in the heartbeat of the Sabbath

The Second Coming: The certainty of an appointment with Christ (June/July 2000)

God has set a time and location for our ultimate meeting with Him

1+1=1: The impossible possibility (February 2002)

An outstanding article exposing to mind and heart the ultimate basis for successful interpersonal relationships.

The General Conference meets in St. Louis: a historic milepost (September 2005)

A reflection on the meaning of the 58th General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

New heaven and the new earth: the home of the redeemed (January 2005)

Final article in the series on the elements of Seventh-day Adventist faith.
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