Articles by Warren H. Johns
A review of the validity of Charles Darwin's thinking.
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.
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.
Just as Creation is not complete without redemption, so redemption is not complete without a judgment.
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.
Does Borrowing of Literary Passages and Terms Constitute Borrowing of Concepts?
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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."
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.
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.
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?
Plagiarism involves much more than the non-use of quotation marks. The author discusses the five ingredients of literary theft.
What is a Successful Pastorate? Public Relations in Our Churches.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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. . .
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.
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.
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