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Warren H. Johns

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Articles by Warren H. Johns

Pastor (September 1953)

What is a Successful Pastorate? Public Relations in Our Churches.

The Downfall of Scriptural Geology (November 1975)

SURPRISING as it may seem, the majority of the geologists in early nineteenth-century England were advocates of the Biblical account of Creation and the Flood, thus earning them the title of "Scriptural geologists." Some had even switched professions from theology to geology—such as Adam Sedgwick, William Conybeare, and William Buckland. . .

The Thief and the Closed Door (August 1976)

The close of probation, and the sealing of all human destiny, an event never to be repeated, catches men by surprise like the thief in the night.

The Dikes of Biblical Chronology (January 1976)

History tells us most eloquently that a vast expansion of the Biblical time-scale eventually leads to a greatly reduced concept of the Creator's work, and definitely not to "an expanded conception of the Creator."

Ellen G. White and Subterranean Fires—Part 1 (August 1977)

Does Borrowing of Literary Passages and Terms Constitute Borrowing of Concepts?

Strategies for origins (May 1981)

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.

The doctrine of beginnings (May 1981)

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.

Scripture is by inspiration of God (March 1981)

What importance should we assign to the Bible as the "Word of God"? How does He speak to us through its pages? Christians have answered such questions in a variety of ways. Warren H. Johns sets forth the viewpoint of MINISTRY editors on this subject.

The camel's amazing nose (August 1982)

Looking inside a camel's nose is a more awesome experience than it would seem from outward appearances. Recently two scientists unlocked the secrets of its nose, a marvel of the Creator's workmanship.

Human thoughts or divine truths? (June 1982)

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?

Literary thief or God's messenger? (June 1982)

Plagiarism involves much more than the non-use of quotation marks. The author discusses the five ingredients of literary theft.

Ellen White: prophet or plagiarist? (June 1982)

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."

Anniversary date for Adventism (September 1983)

The church of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is faced with a problem: How does it account for the apparent delay of Christ's second advent? More than one hundred years ago a small group came up with an answer that still merits a close look.

Creation, redemption, judgment (July 1983)

Just as Creation is not complete without redemption, so redemption is not complete without a judgment.

The rebuke of the waters (May 1983)

Should Psalm 104:6-9 be connected with the Flood rather than with the Creation event? Some creationists say Yes and others say No. A look at its proper context provides us with the answer.

Ellen G. White and Biblical chronology (April 1984)

In her writings, Ellen G. White frequently made references to Biblical chronology—and a number of these references relate to Creation and the age of the earth. Many chronologies were available to her. Which one did she use? And how did she use it? The author considers these and other questions important for our understanding of her statements on chronology.

How accurate is Biblical chronology? (March 1984)

Ussher pegged Creation as beginning on the evening of October 22, 4004 B.C. His dates appeared in the margins of Bibles as late as 1910, and not until the rise of modern archeology has his dominance in the area of chronology really weakened. In this article the author examines some of the results of archeology on Ussher's dates and certain difficulties inherent in the Biblical chronological data.

Controversy over Paleomagnetic Dating (January 1984)

Extrapolating from the rate of decay of the earths magnetic field, Thomas G. Barnes says the earth cannot be more than 1 0,000 years old. MINISTRY'S Warren H. Johns takes a careful look at this suggestion.

"It ain't necessarily so" (July 2002)

A review of the validity of Charles Darwin's thinking.

Evolution confronts Christianity (May 1984)

The following article begins with a look at what constitutes the evolutionary theory, indicates the inconsistency of the principles underlying it with the basic principles of Christianity, and then discusses how it relates to some of the Christian doctrines.
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