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Nikolaus Satelmajer

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Articles by Nikolaus Satelmajer

Frederick the Wise: Seen and Unseen Lives of Martin Luther’s Protector (March)

This book review explores the life of one of Martin Luther's greatest supporters.

Preaching Christ From Daniel: Foundations for Expository sermons (September 2013)

The most useful feature of the book is the method the author uses to develop sermons from each chapter.

A. T. Jones: Point Man on Adventism’s Charismatic Frontier (February 2013)

To write about a complex and controversial person such as A. T. Jones involves a skillful researcher and writer such as George R. Knight.

What's a Nice Church Like Yours Doing in the City? (February 1972)

ALAN WALKER, a city minister, writes: No apologies, please, for the Christian gospel. Tell it. Tell it on the mountains, tell it on the plains, tell it in the cities. Tell it, wherever people are found. Tell to the whole wide world that Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord. . .

Interview with General Conference President Ted Wilson (January 2011)

I hope that in five years we are in heaven. I really hope that will be a reality. I certainly believe that the world is fast coming to that climactic event of Jesus’ imminent return. Until that time, we are to work in a dynamic way, through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that the Lord will use the church—and I believe this is God’s remnant church with a unique message and a unique opportunity— to share the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14. That is our mandate.

Some things are worth doing repeatedly (April 2010)

Strengthening each other through fellowship

Interview with the General Conference Auditing Service (March 2010)

A discussion with those who ensure the financial integrity of the church and its entities.

Interview with Planned Giving & Trust Services (February 2010)

Discussing what happens to family and assets after a person dies is not a favorite topic. But that discussion must take place.

Secure in the arms of God (January 2010)

As I write this editorial for the January 2010 issue, I find it difficult to imagine a new year at the doorstep. The challenges of 2009- financial, political, etc.-cause me to wonder what 2010 will convey. Will the uncertainties of 2009 carry over into the new year? Most likely they will, joined with the old ones.

Tribute to James A. Cress (March 2010)

The worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church pays tribute to a fallen leader.

The preacher goes to Wall Street (August 1998)

Getting the most out of the new North American Division retirement plan

Youth in trouble: What can Pastors do? (March 1997)

Resources for young people in need

Can it happen again? (March 1999)

Ministry provides an opportunity to experience and learn from diversity.

Beyond the printed agenda (December 2009)

While sometimes the reports at Annual Council seem to be routine and not the most exciting, we still receive a blessing when we listen to what is transpiring in God's church around the world.

A positive spiritual atmosphere (November 2009)

I suggest that those who plan for worship need to focus on defining worship and how to help those who are present to be enthusiastic participants.

Look for the blessings (September 2009)

When we are facing challenges, we must look for blessings, for if we don't, those challenges will overtake us.

God our Creator: What a comforting thought! (July 2009)

I'm inviting you to plan for a special worship service on October 24, 2009. The theme? Worshiping God as our Creator.

Many avenues, one destination (June 2009)

The focus of Hope Channel involves spreading the message of Jesus Christ, but it's not the technology that's important-it's the message.

Secular evangelists (May 2009)

Ministers of the gospel can learn from the spirited-almost evangelistic-defense of evolution by secularists.

You did not know us, but you loved us: An interview with ADRA (March 2009)

This ministry does more than just respond to disasters. ADRA is the Adventist Church's clearest expression of its commitment to acts of justice, poverty reduction, and responding to human needs and human rights.

Sound Theology Builds Healthy Churches (February 2009)

A church can appear to be successful without sound theology, but according to Scriptures, a truly healthy church must have a sound theology.

Searching for the buried Bible (January 2009)

She was not a practicing Christian, and for her the Bible she now owned was a mysterious Book. Instead of risking potential problems, she decided to bury the Bible in her backyard.

The Adventist Church in the Pacific Rim: An interview (October 2009)

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, in order to care for its worldwide mission, has 13 world administrative regions. Three of these regions-the Northern Asia-Pacific Division, the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, and the South Pacific Division-encompass the territories of the Pacific Rim. The editors of Ministry interviewed the leaders of these three regions-Jairyong Lee, Alberto Gulfan, and Barry Oliver, respectively-who addressed a wide range of issues.

Stop and Count (December 2005)

The last month of the year may be a good time to take inventory, not of the furniture, hymn books, computers and other items, but a different type of inventory an evaluation of what is important in our lives.

What a relationship! What a God! (November 2005)

Documents may define a relationship but do not assure a good one.

Images of a pastor: My first pastor (October 2005)

I was almost 13 when I first went into a church building to worship. Up to that point, I had met only with small worship groups in homes. On that Sabbath, however, not only did I go into a church building for the first time, I experienced another "first" as well: I met a trained pastor.

Sexual promiscuity and ministerial accountability (June 2005)

A proposal suggesting consistent ways of dealing with pastoral sexual misconduct

The gospel to all the world: An interview with Hope Channel (June 2009)

The Seventh-day Adventist Church for many decades has used technology as one way of carrying out its mission. Hope Channel is an important tool for pastors and congregations. During a recent interview with the editors, Hope Channel president Brad Thorp and vice president Gary Gibbs shared some of the latest developments of this television ministry.

A walk through God's garden (December 2006)

What does God see in this "garden of ministers?"

Reflections of a theologian: Raoul Dederen on theology, the church, and life (November 2006)

An Adventist theologian shares his reflections on the Scriptures, life, and several decades of distinguished training of thousands of ministers.

Our teachers (November 2006)

One of the prominent gifts listed in the Bible can be identified as the gift of teaching. But yet they often don't get the appreciation they deserve.

A conversation with the directors of the Biblical Research Institute (October 2006)

A look into the ministry of the BRI for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The place, the outcome, and the future of theology in the church (October 2006)

How does a church with nearly 15 million adult members living in more than 200 countries and using hundreds of languages do its theology? The members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church must ask themselves this question and respond to it until the Lord Jesus Christ returns.

Six opportunities for ministry to young people (September 2006)

In some parts of the world the church has few young people, while in other parts they form the majority of the congregation. Whatever their numbers, the church has a responsibility to minister to them.

The new life (July 2006)

Whenever we preach or teach the Word of God, we invite each hearer to become a new person.

I'll give you my voice (June 2006)

Sometimes ministers of the gospel need to give their voice to others, for otherwise some people will never be heard-they will never have a voice.

They belong together (May 2006)

The Old and the New Testaments belong together as inseparable partners. We look at one and it reminds us of the other, and the more we study them, the more we realize how much they complement each other.

The ultimate reference point (April 2006)

If markers and reference points are so vital in mundane aspects of life, how much more in those areas that affect our eternal destiny.

Twelve Questions for December (December 2008)

Just as my daily list guides my daily activities, I find it helpful to make another list of important items. That list contains my study plans, reading goals, and relationships with individuals important in my life. This list also changes-items are added or deleted. December may be a good time of the year to review such a list. If you make a list, what would you include on it? How long would it be?

The past, present, and future--all part of our life (November 2008)

How do we deal with our past, present, and future?

Learning from each other (October 2008)

We've devoted this issue to the work of the church in Inter-America and South America. These two organizational units represent some 45 countries that start south of the United States and go as far south as Chile.

The realization of a dream (September 2008)

One of our hopes that we wanted to see fulfilled was conducting a contest for student writers-men and women who attend colleges, seminaries, and universities, who are studying for the ministry or in some other area of religious studies.

Evangelism--The heartbeat of the church: An interview with Mark Finley (June 2008)

"Preaching each evening in an evangelistic meeting is spiritually exhilarating," states the speaker for the upcoming Discoveries '08 series. Such passion all preachers should possess.

Titles do not make leaders (May 2008)

Those of us who have been called to minister in God's church are leaders. Whatever title has been attached to our role will not make us good, bad, or ineffective leaders.

Guarding the church organization: An interview with the Office of General Counsel (April 2008)

What role does the legal team of the Adventist Church play in fulfilling the mission of the church?

Something important happened in Galilee (April 2008)

In our discussions, we tend to focus on our personal likes and dislikes, and our opinions take on the role of authority. As important as these discussions may be, we tend to move away from the basic question of worship-who and what does worship involve?

The past helps us look to the future (March 2008)

Remember how you felt before you preached your first sermon? All kinds of thoughts raced through your mind-Did I study enough? Is the sermon properly organized? Will I have good eye contact with the congregation? Or will my eyes be glued to the notes? That's how our team felt on March 31, 1998.

Being good stewards of the church's assets: Ministry editors dialogue with the directors of Adventist Risk Management (February 2008)

You might not think that an agency associated with insuring church properties is involved in sharing the gospel. But it is.

Reaching the world one person at a time: An interview with the leaders of Adventist World Radio (January 2008)

In a world in which millions do not have televisions, radio continues to be an indispensable method of sharing the love of God with others.

Ministry: the commitment continues (March 2006)

When Ministry made its debut in 1928 as an international journal for pastors, it was meant primarily to serve Seventh-day Adventist pastors worldwide. In that role, the journal served well until 1975 when the publishers, the Ministerial Association of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, decided to launch out into new frontiers.

Follow the Bible: a journey to spiritual renewal (January 2009)

How many people in your congregation read the Bible regularly? What about your denomination? You might be surprised at the low ratio. "Follow the Bible" is an initiative launched by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but we believe that all denominations would benefit by designing their own programs to encourage greater reading of the Word of God.

The nightmare of numbers--don't let them scare you (February 2006)

Ministers work with people but cannot avoid numbers, either. How many members do you have in your church? How many come to worship? How many new members joined your church? Did your church reach the budget? What is your baptismal goal for next year? Numbers, numbers, and more numbers. They are all around us and just won't go away.

Focused on the Kingdom...bonded by the Spirit (January 2006)

One of the high priorities of the church continues to be unity. The other has to do with mission.

...beyond the expected (January 2006)

Going beyond-often that is expected from ministers. More importantly, however, do we want to go beyond the minimal, the norm, the average or the expected?

Leaders with authority (March 2007)

What kind of authority do clergy possess?

The Word, hope, prayer--your ultimate resources (April 2007)

The work of pastors is complex. They are expected to preach, teach, evangelize, lead, visit, train, etc. Thus, they have a multitude of responsibilities. And unlike ministers (administrators, specialists, professors, etc.) who visit various congregations, pastors live with their congregations. Once the visiting minister leaves, the congregational pastor stays with the church. The responsibilities can be overwhelming- goals, budget issues, training, conflicts, expectations, family, and so forth.

Who knows what you are doing? (May 2007)

Others do not know much of what we do. It's not so much that we want to keep it a secret-although there are issues that we must keep confidential. However, many things that we do are not done in the public arena.

The landscape of the church (June 2007)

The ministry of the General Conference secretariat does far more than keep the official minutes of various committees. Their work changes lives.

Growth calls for responsibility (June 2007)

From the earliest days the Christian church has focused on growth. The book of Acts takes us on a breathtaking journey-following Paul and others as they shared the message of Jesus Christ. More recently, after a few years of ambivalence following the disappointment of 1844, Adventists embarked on gospel-proclaiming journeys. James and Ellen White, Joseph Bates, J. N. Andrews, and others proclaimed the message.

Planted between the past and the future (July 2007)

Unfortunately the cross has been used for purposes other than to announce Jesus' triumph over evil powers. Some centuries after the New Testament era, the cross was used by armies, with the hope that their political mission would be blessed by its presence. No longer was it a symbol of conquering evil; rather, it was used with the hope that its presence would conquer human enemies.

Caring for the finances of the global church (August 2007)

A revealing and reassuring look at the financial operations of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

What gives you hope and enthusiasm? (September 2007)

Whatever your role-pastor, chaplain, church administrator, evangelist, or teacher-ministry always has challenges, real and, at times, overwhelming. But such challenges are accompanied with their own rhythm of hope and enthusiasm.

Joys of service challenges of growth: a review of the Adventist Church in Africa (October 2007)

Church leaders and academicians from Africa ponder the present and future of ministry on their continent.

Africa (October 2007)

The first book that my parents bought me was an adventure story; the story of a young boy-a little older than I was-traveling from Germany to Africa.1 As I read the narrative, I imagined that I was on the way to Africa. After all, we lived in Hamburg, Germany, a major seaport. Each day I took the subway called U-Bahn to my school, and I envisioned that on that day I would not go to school, but I would get on one of the ships leaving the harbor. Africa-it sounded mysterious, inviting, and a place of adventure. In my mind I made that journey, but in actuality I did not make it to Africa until four decades later.

Colliding spheres of church and state (November 2007)

The relationship between church and state has always been a complicated issue. In order to attain their goals, governments have, at times, turned to the church for assistance. On other occasions, the church has readily used the state for its purposes. But what happens when the goals of the state and the church are not compatible?

Make the list very short (January 2007)

We often start a new year with many goals. We may have promised that the things we did not accomplish in the previous year, we will do in the next year. Somehow it just seems a good time to make a list of goals as we anticipate a fresh start.

It's red, it's tasty, and it makes you smile (December 2007)

Millions of people-many in your area-have numerous needs. Because of war, disaster, and other crises, people experience great needs-shelter, food, clothing, health care, and lots of other necessities. What are we doing for those in need?

Serving His servants (December 2007)

The editor of Ministry interviews Skip Bell and Mike Ryan, two men on a mission to produce servant leaders in the church.

Interview with leaders from Inter and South America (October 2008)

The Seventh-day Adventist Church, in order to care for its worldwide mission, has 13 world administrative regions. Two of these regions, known as the Inter-American Division and South American Division, are among the fastest growing areas in the world. The editors interviewed the leaders from these divisions, Israel Leito and Erton Köhler, respectively, and spoke about a wide range of issues.

A lifelong dedication to the call (May 2008)

Three outstanding ministers in the Adventist Church share their thoughts on various ministry-related themes.

Beyond the usual pastoral duties: An interview with David and Freda Charles (July/August 2010)

Pastor and Mrs. Charles have a special ministry: providing foster care for children with special needs. Why are they doing it? Nikolaus Satelmajer & Willie E. Hucks

An interview with church leaders in southern Asia (October 2010)

The leaders of the Adventist Church in south Asia share their vision for the region and discuss the challenges and opportunities throughout the area.
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