Martha Snell Nicholson Poems and Photos ■ HYMNS YOU LOVE By Phil Kerr ■ REAP TH E HARVEST
conference young people of high school and college age Chester Padgett who will be Dean of the camp, Dr. Gerald Stanton, chalk talk artist on the Biola fac ulty, Rev. Edward Beatty, former missionary with the China Inland Mission who will be Missionary Speaker, Rev. Owen Onsun, Pastor of Calvary Pres byterian Church in Fresno who will be Bible Teacher. JUNE 20TH
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ARTICLES W ITH HEART HELD HIGH — Martha Snell Nicholson .................. 6 WAR AGA INST TH E TR U TH (Part two) — Gerald B. Stanton ...... 8 REAP TH E HARVEST — Missions in Photos ........................................ 9 IN TH E TEN TS OF SHEM — Charles L. Feinberg ............................... 13 A STORY OF SIX SENIORS— BIOLA '53 ........................................... 14 FEATURES READER REACTION ...................... ............................................................. 4 FROM TH E EDITOR'S DESK ..................................................................... 5 WORLD NEWSGRAMS — James O. Henry ........................................... 16 "TR U T H . . . O U T OF TH E EAR TH " — Charles L. Feinberg ......... 17 CHURCH OF TH E M O N T H — Trinity Methodist, Los Angeles ......... 18 O U T OF TH E LAB — Donald S. Robertson ........................................... 19 BOOK REVIEWS — Donald G. Davis ...................................................... 20 THEOLOG ICALLY TH IN K IN G — Gerald B. Stanton ....................... 21 FINEST OF TH E W H EA T — Wm. Carson Lantz ................................. 22 PHILOSOPHY IN LIFE — Paul M. Aijian ............................................. 23 DR. TALBO T'S QUESTION BOX ............................................................. 24 WORDS FROM TH E WORD — Charles L. Feinberg ............................ 25 . TH E SCOPE OF MISSIONS — Oran H. Smith ...................................... 27 JUN IOR KING'S BUSINESS — Martha S. Hooker ................. ............. 30 BIOLA FAM ILY CIRCLE ................................ 32 IN CHRIST IS LIFE — A column for the non-Christian ................... 33 HYMNS YOU LOVE — Phil Kerr ............................................................ 42 A LETTER TO TH E EDITOR ......................................................... ............ 46 PARABLES & PEARLS — the poems of Martha Snell Nicholson .... 49 ADVERTISERS' INDEX ............................................................................... 50 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION LOOKING AHEAD IN CHR ISTIAN ED — Margaret Jacobsen ......... 38 YOUNG PEOPLE'S TOPICS — Chester J. Padgett ............................ 39 SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS — Homer A. Kent, Allison Arrowood .. 43 OBJECT LESSONS — Elmer L. Wilder .................................................... 47 COVER When we decided to photograph this month's cover back in April, one of those much talked about April showers descended upon sunny southern California. But the 163 BIOLA seniors dutifully trooped out into the drizzle and posed. For a story on this year's graduates see page 14. — photo by Haines
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fromtheeditor^desk T his year the Bible Institute o f Los Angeles graduates approximately one hundred and sixty-five young people. The vast majority of these young people have their faces set toward some type o f full-time Chris tian service. A ten-year survey recently completed revealed the fact that over eighty three percent o f the graduates of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles entered into some type o f full-time Christian work. Approxi mately thirty three percent went to the foreign field. A much larger percentage o f the graduates volunteered for foreign missionary service, but were never able to get away from their home shores. The failure on their part is not due to any lack o f faith or any indifference in them. If there was any failure anywhere along the line, it was a failure on the part o f the older generation to provide the means fo r these young people to go. The Bible Institute of Los Angeles is preparing Christian leaders. Young people are dedicating themselves to go wherever the Lord directs. They are perfectly willing and quite anxious to go out across the seas in order that they might proclaim the gospel in the so-called heathen lands; but alas, the funds are not provided and it becomes necessary for them to discover some type o f Christian work here in the homeland where they might serve the Lord and at the same time make a living for themselves and their families. Older people are inclined to criticize the younger generation because of an apparent lack o f aggressiveness and determination on their part. It must be remembered, however, that the days are long since gone when a person merely decided to go to the foreign field as a missionary, packed up his trunk,, got two or three barrels fu ll of old clothes and a small amount of other equipment and set out for the foreign land of his choice. Nowadays, missionaries must get permission from local gov ernments, and from home governments; they must be bonded so that they w ill never become a liability in the land to wh ich they go; they must have a large amount of equipment, and in addition to all o f these, plus many other requirements, they must have a reasonable guarantee o f their financial support. These requirements are made necessary by mission hoards which, in turn, are subject to the rules and regulations o f the governments in the lands where they serve. Young people who go to school for a number of years do not come out with an appreciable financial nest egg which they might use in order to get themselves ready for foreign missionary service. They must depend upon their local churches and other congregations of God’s people to provide the means. As more and more missionaries go into foreign service, the appeals become increasingly great and it seems that in many good chinches the saturation point of missionary giving has been already reached. And yet, more young people come from those churches to pre pare themselves for service abroad. Where w ill they find their support? That is the question that is commanding the attention of an increasingly large proportion of Bible school graduates throughout the country. No effort is being made to place the responsibility for this condition upon anyone. This statement is made merely to remind Christian adults everywhere that the failure on the part o f young people to get to the foreign field is not their fault. They are victims o f circumstances over which they have practically no control whatever. W e praise God, there fore, for those who do get to the field. W e also praise God for those who are ready and w illing to go, even though they are unable to get there. Christian people everywhere are urged to pray that more and more m oney will be provided so that the tremendous job o f missionary work may be carried on without handicap.
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with heart held
Martha Snell Nicholson — America’s beloved
writer of Christian verse ---- turns to a new work
T he scrawled lines at the right are from the hand and heart of Amer ica’s grand lady of Christian poetry. These lines are the original draft of The Heaven’s Declare, one of more than 800 published poems by Martha Snell Nicholson. Plagued from childhood by illness, she has serenely written her poetry, cheered her visitors with her gay laughter and faced each day with .heart held high. This month from her bed in W il mington, Calif., Martha Snell Nichol son was busy putting the finishing touches on a new work. This time she had forsaken her beloved verses to write her autobiography. The poems on these pages are all by Mrs. Nicholson. “ The Heavens Declare” and “High Heart” are from her book “Heart Held High” (Moody Press). The others are from “Family of God.” — ED.
T h e H e a v e n s D e c la r e God swings the censer of the sun Across the sky. When day is done And sunset cools the heat of noon, He sets in place the silver moon, Which, silent, slips from rim to rim Of the horizon, back to Him. The hosts of stars bum steadily, And all of heaven’s pageantry Declares the glory of His name; It sings His praise in glad acclaim Which echoes to the farthest star . . . But down below, too busy far, Men look not up, but back to earth, And busy them with lust and mirth And war and greed. No thought at all Of God. . . But there shall come a call. As they behold with frightened eyes The Lord descend through opening skies, “ I am the Lord, yea, I am He. Too late ye have looked up to Me!” W a it in g The years fly fast to meet Thee, The days are on tiptoe, The hours are home on wind’s wings, So swiftly do they go. The flowers look toward heaven, The clouds drop longing tears, The tallest trees reach skyward, The golden hemispheres. In heaven’s farthest reaches, Each sparkling, shining star, Would pave Thy path from glory Where all the blessed are. Though earth and whirling planets Await advent of Thine, None, none can know such longing As this poor heart of mine! S a tis fie d We shall be satisfied. What more is there to say? We know not what ’twill be, We only wait the day
With lifted hearts serene. Enough to be His bride. More than enough to know We shall be satisfied!
On radio interview Mrs. Nicholson told Bible Institute Hour director AI Sanders that her favorite hymn is "Amazing Grace." Beside her on bed is her faithful pet dog, Paddy. 6
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ALTHOUGH HER HANDS ARE PAINFULLY CRIPPLED BY ARTHR ITIS, M AR THA SNELL NICHOLSON CONTINUES TO WRITE. R e m e m b e r T e a r s Some day, up there, perhaps a hundred years Or more from now, when we are through with tears, B u tte rf lie s Imagine making butterflies, To drift between the earth and skies! When God tossed out into the air His every drop of blood for me . . . In me
Is no good thing. My faith, my love, Have not welled up within my sinful heart But are His gifts, sent from above. H ig h H e a r t Because I know the march of suns goes on And after night will surely come the dawn, There is a constant music in my ears, A brilliant rainbow shining through my • tears. But if sometime my heart must make its moan, Because it seems for once too heavy grown, And my tired arms too weak to hold it high — His arms are strong; He holds it up, not I!
Those brilliant bits, fashioned with care, I think He watched with tender mirth As they floated down to earth, Wing scraps of loveliness, Only made to plea«e and bless. I know not why it touches me So very much to think that He Who stretched from pole to pole the sky, Would care to make a butterfly! N o t in M y s e lf I live not by the faith in my own heart, But on the faithful heart of Christ. I live not by the love I feel for Him, But by His love who sacrificed
When we are used to glory, and our eyes Have feasted on His beauty, and surprise After surprise has thrilled our souls, and grace Has opened like a flower and His face Has grown familiar, and we rejoice In all the riches which are ours through Him — Then, peering over Heaven’s golden rim, And looking down through space at this brown ball, Lo, we shall find that scarcely we recall Our tears — but only how it felt that day To have His dear hand wipe them all away!
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War Against the Truth
by Dr. Gerald B. Stanton Part two of the convocation address by Dr. Stanton, Professor of Systematic Theoloyy , Talbot Theoloyieal Seminary. In this searehiny article, a Christian educator reveals the challenye caused by increasiny apostasy found in Christian schools
IT ot only do we have before us this 1 tragic unbelief and apostasy in our 1 schools, but also we see across this country a tragic ignorance of the things of God. Not too long ago at Harvard University, in a Shakespeare class in Macbeth, a student was read ing and asked his professor, “What does Golgotha mean? I have never heard that word before.” The pro fessor said, “ Do you not know what we mean by Calvary?” and the stu dent said, “ Now there’s another word that I have never heard before.” The professor, in his amazement that somebody should become a senior at Harvard and never have heard of Calvary bowed his head and said, The class is dismissed! Fairly recently, a Christian woman entered a post office with a small package containing a New Testament, intending to mail it overseas to a soldier boy. The clerk asked what was in the package, and, hearing that it was a New Testament, said, “And what is that?” “Why the New Testa ment, of course, is part of the Bible.” He seemed not to know what the Bible was, and then he said, “ Do they call it the New Testament be cause somebody just wrote it?” Ignorant of Bible Let me mention to you what was told me recently by a librarian. She said that in one of the libraries over which she had direction, a young col lege woman came to her with a book that she had selected from the shelf at random. Bringing the book to the librarian she said, “ Here, I have found a book. Its name seems to be the H olly Bibble. What book is that? I have never seen it before.”
tions. I trust you will write these things upon the tables of your heart and think upon them often. God-Placed Emphasis The first proposition is this: God puts the emphasis upon this Book! God puts the emphasis upon His Word and other things being equal, He blesses most those who love it and know it the best. Now look with me into the Word of God and see those that God greatly used and blessed. Take a look at Mary, the mother of our Lord. She was a godly woman; we know that from her life. We know it also from this fact: When the angel came unto Mary and presented to her that wonderful truth that she was about to become the mother of our Lord; the mother of the Messianic King, there burst from within Mary a spontaneous psalm of praise. Ten verses in the King James Version, and yet in those ten brief verses we have twenty-three distinct allusions or quotations from the Old Testament. I ask you, friends, which one of us here, spontaneously, on a moment’s notice, could take twenty-three verses of Scripture that we have memorized and blend them together into one psalm of praise unto our God? Evidently Mary was deeply rooted and steeped in the Word of God, the Old Testament, which was all that they had in her day. Read the second chapter of Jonah. Peruse, if you will, the address of Stephen. Read the sermons of Peter and the other men of God and you will find that these were men of like passions such as we are, and-yet they were greatly used of God be cause they made the fountainhead of continued on page 26
Recently, a grade school teacher speaking to her class of children asked them this question: “Do you know what the name Jesus Christ means?” Nobody seemed to have an answer, until finally one little boy spoke up and said, “Why, teacher, don’t you know that that’s a swear word?” Appalling Conditions Now why do I bring to your atten tion these appalling conditions, not from far off India nor from darkened Africa, but from formerly Christian (but now rapidly becoming apostate, pagan) America? Why do I bring you these realistic pictures of the spiritual dearth of our country? Like many of you, I have traveled this country; I have felt the spiritual pulse of our land; I have seen much of its need; I have spoken to scores, to hundreds of students, and have heard their difficulties and their doubts. I have been in the churches and seen the people, who as hungry sheep looked up and were not fed!. I tell you, friends, we are living in desperate days, and the Lord warns us of days such as these. Now we must realize, you and I, and each one of us, that we are commissioned to carry the life-giving message of the gospel of oUr Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ unto this barren, thirsty land in which we live. Therefore I trust this morning, before these facts that I have given you, that we will be serious and consider our responsi bility. To you therefore as the stu dent body of these four schools, The Bible Institute, The B i o l a Bible Col lege, The School of Missionary Med icine and the Talbot Theological Sem inary—to you I give three proposi
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IN NEAR EAST MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP BOOTH, MRS. I. BANNIS OF PALESTINE TALKS ABOUT PALESTINIAN POTTERY. REAP.HARVEST Some churches have found their missionary program a slow-going affair. Here’s how one Los Angeles group put on a missionary conference that drew more than 22 thousand spectators
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Reop the Harvest continued S ome 22,500 people took time to visit a unique mis sions conference in the heart of downtown Los A n geles this spring. Missionaries from all over the world were on hand to plug their fields and show off a dazzling display o f native curios. F ifty booths representing faith mission boards highlighted the 24th annual event at the Church of the Open Door. Straw hats from California, sombreros from Mexico, and turbans from India were all part o f the decor fo r the Reap T h e H arvest N ow theme. The conference is sponsored jointly b y the church and the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. One o f the aims is to help students get in touch w ith various boards and broaden their missionary horizons with news direct from the field. Evidence of the church’s missionary emphasis is its full program and annual missionary budget of $113,- 000. It supports 94 foreign missionaries and eight na tional missionaries. The church membership is 3500. Pastor is Dr. J. Vernon McGee. N o sooner had the booths been taken down than plans were under w ay for next year’s meeting. The 25th annual assembly is slated to be even more com prehensive and w ill last ten days instead of the usual week.
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Reap the Harvest continued
Alice Busch (left) Culter Academy stu dent, gingerly strokes skin of wild look ing leopard in Africa Inland Mission dis play, Violet Derr (lower left) tells Earl Broce about some objects in booth of Missionary Aviation Fellowship. Bible In stitute booth featured photos of some well-known alumni including Donald Barn- house, Percy Crawford, Charles E. Fuller.
IN THE TENTS OF SHEM
In this brief Bible study, a scholar of the Old
Testament shows in a heart-warminy way how the
God, the Bible, the Saviour and the salvation that the
world enjoys, are from Shem
T he second prophecy of the Mes siah in the Old Testament is like the first, in that it is the utter ance of a blessing in the midst of a curse. When Adam fell, God gave the prophetic promise in Genesis 3:15 concerning the woman’s seed and His victory over the serpent, Satan. When Noah fell, the prophecy was given in Genesis 9:25-27, R.V., which reads: “And he said, Cursed be Canaan; A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem; And let Canaan be his servant.” The occasion was the shame of Noah and the sin of Ham. Noah himself is the prophet and in his prophecy he lays down the outlines of the moral character of the nations yet to be bom from his sons: the sensual nature of Ham and his descendants making them subservient; the ideal and broad na ture of Japheth and his progeny; the spiritual nature of Shem and his off spring. Of Ham have come the servile peoples, the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Ethiopians, and Canaanites; of Japh eth the nations of influence in govern ment, art, and the humanities; of Shem, the nations of religion. Almost all Jewish and Christian interpreters have seen in this passage a prophecy of the Messiah. In treating this passage with special reference to Shem we see three great truths. In the first place, there is in dicated i TH E REPOSITORY OF TH E TR U TH When God is designated as the “ God of Shem” it is the first place in Scripture where God is called the God of any individual. It denotes peculiar relationship. It signifies that God has entered into a vital and spiritual bond with this individual. There has been a definite choice and it is the purpose of God to use such a one to His glory. From this time on, Shem is the center of Bible and ■redemption history. God will use him for the channel of the Messiah and the salvation of man. How can we explain God’s choice of Shem over his two brothers? The love of God alone can explain His choice of any individual, and account for His mak ing Shem the repository or preserver of the truth.
Two men were riding together. As they were about to separate, one of them said to the other: “ Do you ever read your Bible?” “Yes, but I get no benefit from it, because, to tell you the truth, I feel that I do not love God.” “Neither did I,” said the other, “ but I found from the Bible that God loved me. And He loved you, too, my friend.” This was something that man had never thought of before. He began to read the Bible as he had never read it before. Though it is written so plainly in the Scriptures, men still marvel and will not accept the truth of God’s love. Yet it was this love which touched Shem to make his life a thannel for spiritual truth and blessing. The prophecy of Noah points out, in the second place, TH E REVEALER OF TH E TR U TH In this seed of all future prophecy which contains practically the pro phetic history of the world, the em phasis is on Japheth and even more so on Shem. The blessing of Japheth is twofold: (1) Expansion and ex tension over a wide area. (2) Dwell ing in the tents of Shem. Japheth’s expansion is seen in the list of the nations in Genesis 10:2-5. The terri torial expansion of the Japhetic peo ples is well known. They gained the north of Western Asia, a large part of the interior area, and all of Europe. They have the colonizing spirit coupled with extensive migrations. Political and commercial progress and activity are in view here as well. Japheth, extending from India across Europe and the Western Hemisphere, has been the world’s colonizer and populator. But Spiritually, down through the centuries, the Japhethites have been and still are indebted to
tlie descendants of Shem. Follow the line of fulfilment in Genesis 12:3 ( “ all the families of the earth” ) ; 49:10 ( “of the peoples” ) ; John 4:22; Romans 3:1, 2 (the Scriptures); 9:4, 5 (the promises, the covenants, and the Messiah); 11 (grafted into the good olive tree); Ephesians 3:1-10 (true even for this age as fellow-heirs, fel low-members, and fellow-partakers in the gospel); Zechariah 8:23 (the na tions led to the worship of God through the Jews); Isaiah 2:2-4 (millennial blessing through Jeru salem and the Jews). The language of the New Testament is Japheth (Greek) dwelling in the tents of Shem. Gentile believers are for the most part the descendants of Japheth dwelling in the tens of Shem. Jap- hetites have entered into the reli gious riches and privileges of Shem. Japtheth is Shem’s guest. The God, the Bible, the Saviour, the salvation that the world enjoys, are from Shem through the Jew. How great is our debt to the Jew!! “ Nothing Jewish in my house!” These were the words of a wealthy man who was entertaining a well- known minister. Said he, “ I have such a hatred for the Jew that I will have nothing Jewish in my house.” The minister quietly arose and took a beautifully bound Bible from the table and a New Testament from the bookcase and put them before the fireplace. He then went on to take down some paintings from the wall. He removed one picture of Paul preaching at Athens and another of the crucifixion. The man was greatly surprised and asked, “What are you doing? Why such liberties in my house?” To this the minister an swered, “ You just said that you would not have anything Jewish in your house. I was beginning to help you to take away the many Jewish things you happen to have in this room. Shall I throw them into the fire?” “ Stop! Stop!” the man cried. “May God forgive me. I have never thought of it in that light. Little did I know how greatly indebted I was to things Jewish.” Too many Gentile believers have failed to realize in whose spiri tual tents they are living! continued on page 46 13
By Charles L. Feinberg Director, Professor of Semitics and Old Testament, Talbot Theological Seminary
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A ll over America seniors are graduating this month. And at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles the scene is the same. The six students pictured here are typical of the 1 6 3 who have finished their studies and now
1. Al Gusiff, (B.A., Bible) 22, six foot one, 180 pounds, brown curly hair, bom in Los Angeles of Russian-born parents. During his high school days at Montebello Al was a bas ketball star — first string forward. In his senior year he made all-league and won ath letic scholarships to both USC and UCLA. Al became a Christian while a member of the Young Russian Christian Association which he joined because it afforded an opportunity to play ball. Decided to come to B io l a a week before he was to enter a university. A mem ber of Bethany Baptist Church, he teaches Sunday school (high school boys). He lives off campus, works 20 hours a week as a bank teller. Favorite subjects: Greek, philosophy. Wants to go into linguistic work with Wycliffe somewhere on the foreign mission field.
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3. Joe Keating, (B.A., Bible) class speaker, 35, married, boy nine. Home, Fall River, Mass.; came to California via the army in 1942. Raised in Irish-Catholic home, went to paro chial schools. While in army was chauffeur for Capt. Jim Vaus (who after many ups-and- doyflns, became a Christian with a testimony heard across America). Joe found Christ in 1946 through the faithful witness of his be lieving wife and three years later entered B i o l a after being out of school 17 years. Joe is on the GI Bill; works 20 hours a week at the post office. Home church is Calvary Baptist of Santa Barbara where he was Sunday school superintendent. He and wife want to find a group of unwanted orphans somewhere in the world. Joe is planning a trip abroad this summer to find such a group; in the mean time the Keatings have made their home in Los Angeles a home-away-from-home for a host of young people every weekend. 5. Peggy van Aalst, (B.A., Christian Ed), 21, Tacoma, Wash., member First Presbyterian Church there. Listed in American College Stu dent Leaders publication, has been yearbook, school paper editor, vice-president of orchestra (violin). Teaches junior church at Glendale Presbyterian, Released Time and Child Evan gelism classes. Parents are directors of Child Evangelism in Tacoma and western Washing ton representatives. Works 12 hours a week on Information Desk at school; even though job is low paying (85c an hour) she finds she saves on transportation, gets to know students better. As the Lord leads she will go on for univer sity study or enter Christian Education work.
2. Lorene Ranter, (B.A., Christian Ed), 21, pert, red-haired, brown-eyed. Lorene grew up on an 80-acre potato and cotton farm near Wasco, a community of 6,500 in California’s rich Central Valley. Her mother, now dead, attended B i o l a , wanted her children to follow in her steps. So far a brother and three sis ters have graduated and this spring another sister will graduate with Lorene. One sister and brother-in-law are now on mission field in South America. Home church is First Bap tist of Wasco where she was a substitute Sun day school teacher. At B i o l a she sang (alto) with Accent on Youth broadcast, was second vice-president of King’s Daughters organiza tion, staff reporter for school paper. Worked 20 hours a week for three years in school din ing room, one year in insurance office. After a summer at Mount Hermon, where the fam ily has a cabin, Lorene plans further training with the mission field a possible goal. 4. Marvin Francine, (B.A., Bible), senior class president, 22, married. Home town is Tur lock, Calif., where he was member of Evan gelical Free Church. While student at Modesto Junior College he felt lack of Bible training; quit for a planned one-year stint at B i o l a . By year’s end felt call to ministry. Last year he married a hometown girl die knew before coming to B i o l a . He has been director of Ac cent on Youth radio and TV, Associated Stu dent Body vice-president, second tenor in Good News quartet. During his four-year stay he has been minister of music at Calvary Church of near-by Placentia (pastor, Chester Padgett, Assoc. Prof, of Bible, B i o l a ) . This fall he will be switched to assistant pastor and enter Tal bot Theological Seminary for three more years’ training. 6. Betty Spangler, (B.A., Christian Ed), 22, gray eyes, soft voice with a hint of a southern accent acquired from her native Chickasha, Okla. Home has been in Santa Barbara for 11 years, has one brother and sister. Father is not living. Saved when 14, helped in Sun day school (Galena Baptist) but felt need for more Bible training. Heard about school through two B i o l a grads. Has been treasurer of King’s Daughters, works 24 hours a week in a downtown fountain, teaches fourth and fifth graders in Released Time class and jun ior church and Sunday school. During fresh man year she met Vic Waddle ( ’52) and last December they became engaged. Plans for Betty after graduation are for marriage in August and then a full-time job of being a wife.
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James O. Henry, M .A ., Editor, Associate prof, of History, Biola Bible College
Palmer Brown, Associate Editor
saying, “ As I go from church to church all over this land I find that we have the disease of spectator-itis. W d speak of the congregation as the audience. We are not the audience, we are the actors.” Dr. Trueblood’s antidote for the prevailing situation is the ministry of the laymen. “ If we sincerely believe the gospel,” he says, “ we have to be lieve that God has a vocation for each of us. The secret is participa tion, participation, participation.” Using this formula to counteract present conditions, Dr. Trueblood contends that the average church will not have merely one preacher, but 500 preachers. This plan will put unused sources and unused power to work to make a counterattack, for “ we must look upon our lives as a battle.” The doctor has put age- old advice into a modem form. L iquor Ad v ertisin g Banned America’s daily and weekly news papers are rising in protest against the liquor industry’s expanding ad vertising campaign through televi sion, radio, and newspaper media. The American Business Men’s Re search Foundation reports that 193 daily newspapers in 183 cities and 29 states, have already banned all liquor advertising. In addition to this number, 121 permit beer adver tising only, and 185 permit beer and wine advertising only. The liquor industry is also excluded from the daily comic pages of 345 of the coun try’s newspapers besides the 193 dailies already mentioned. The record of the weekly news papers is much more significant than the rising trend of the daily papers. Their refusal to print liquor ads has grown from 1,751 in 1940 to 2,068 in 1952. During this period 28 states showed gains in their advertising re strictions ranging from 6 to 35 per cent. Highlighting the liquor curb drive is the state of Kansas which has gained from 27 to 48 per cent during the research period in banning liquor
and beer ads in its weeklies. This has come in spite of the fact that its prohibition law was repealed several years ago. W h y P rotestan ts gain in South Am erica In an appeal for an assembly of all the prelates of both North and South America, to work out a defense against the inroads being made by Protestants, Auguste Essor, corre spondent in Ecuador of the famed Parisian Catholic daily, La Croix, reveals some very interesting develop ments. He suggests a “ defensive plan against the common danger,” which is Protestant infiltration. Essor states that the “ forces gnaw ing away at the faith in Latin Amer ica — secularism, Communism, the Evangelicals (Protestants) are un likely to be wholly checked except by action in which the governments of these states, collaborate.” He says further, “ Parents who find it difficult to rear their children are faced with the temptation of sending them to the free schools operated by the Protestants, where their little ones will have, in addition to an educa tion fitted to prepare them for a vocation, a free lunch, and even something to bring home. The gov ernments cannot, or at least do not supply sufficient free schools of their own. The Catholics are not finan cially able.” This correspondent says that “ An other powerful means of Protestant infiltration is the radio. The most powerful radio station in South America, the Voice of the Andes, (HCJB) at Quito, Ecuador, has well- chosen musical and news programs 18 hours a day.” He laments that these “ are interspersed with sectar ian propaganda, and they take their toll in defections.” These cries of the Catholics should encourage Protestants and challenge us to greater efforts. In view of this report we should double our efforts in these two fields of endeavor, Christian education and the radio ministry. THE KING'S BUSINESS
Russian Science Ad vances The Russians are leading the U. S. in the present critical race to train young scientists and engineers, re ports Dr. Alan T. Waterman, director of, the National Science Foundation, He surprised the House Appropria tions Subcommittee recently with his statement that Russia would graduate 50,000 engineers in 1955, compared with 17,000 in this country. In calling for a $15,000,000 sub sidy to encourage graduate fellow ships in scientific study, Waterman noted the close correlation of our scientific and national defense pro grams by saying, “We face a period of great international tension in which our military and economic strength in the immediate and long- range future is intimately tied to our progress in research.” Y o u Can’ t Quit H ero in ! “ I don’t get a kick out of it any more. I used to feel normal. When I haven’t any, I’m sick . . . it’s ter rible.” Thus ran the confession of Helen Garcia, 22, arrested in Los Angeles for the fifth time on a nar cotics count. Mrs. Garcia became addicted to heroin at the age of 15 by a woman in a bus station in Los Angeles. The only time she “ kicked it” was dur ing two six-month stays in the county jail for using heroin. Detec tives related that Mrs. Garcia said that she could purchase heroin on virtually any city street comer. “ To buy it,” she said, “ it is only necessary to know someone who uses it.” As one of the many thousands now enmeshed in the grips of the present dope scourge Mrs. Garcia warns: “ Never try it out of curiosity. Never try it to be smart. Because to try heroin is the beginning, and soon you are an addict. As you see, my life is ruined.” Laym en — Sp ecta tors o r A c to r s Dr. Elton Trueblood, a Quaker layman, and professor of philosophy at E&rlham College, Richmond, Ind., has^ 'stabbed away at the present dearth among church members in 16
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Chorles L. Feinberg, Th.D., Ph.D. Director, Tolbot Theological Seminary TH E DEAD SEA SCROLLS (part three)
L atest archaeological news from Jerusalem indicates that new dis coveries are being made in the Dead Sea cave area. Not only have new caves been discovered, but new manuscripts are continually coming to light.' The opinion of one scholar is that the new finds make the ori ginal discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls seem tame by comparison. But the ordinary reader asks at this point, What does it all amount to in practical terms? Granted that now 75 per cent of the books of the Old Testament are said to be found among the new material, how will this help us in the careful study of the Word of God? These questions are in point and deserve a straight forward answer. In the first place, the new manu scripts reveal the method of writing in antiquity and the amount of re ligious literature produced in He brew about the beginning of the Christain era and in the century or two before it. Up to this time the manuscript finds in Palestine have been negligible in quantity, but there has been opened to us now a vast field of written material in Hebrew outside the Hebrew Old Testament. The language of the new finds has greater affinity with the language of the Old Testament, than with the later Hebrew of the rabbinic commentaries. The refer ences to the Old Testament Scrip tures in these scrolls afford us an other confirmation of the authentic ity of the Biblical text we have. The study of Old Testament lan guages has been greatly advanced by the resources now available. Secondly, the finds are invaluable for their contribution of new knowl edge on late pre-Christian Jewish history, religion, and literature. The importance of this is appreciated all the more when it is kept in mind that the very period touched upon in these manuscripts is one of great obscurity, because our original He brew sources do not deal with it. They supply information on the in- tertestamental period and constitute a significant link between the Old Testament and the New. The light they throw on Jewish sects, their aims, practices, and fortunes, is in deed considerable and most welcome. A ll this serves to make clearer the
background and period from which we have received mu' New Testa ment literature. Thirdly, the scrolls are of primary importance for their illumination of the principles of Jewish interpreta tion of the sacred text. It has al ways been known that the rabbis at tached great significance to the study of the Scriptures. Their methods of interpretation can be gleaned from the material in the Talmud, the com mentaries of the rabbis. The scrolls bear further witness of the high re gard the ancient Jews had for the study of the Old Testament. But the manuscripts also reveal the var ied and complex technique em ployed by the rabbis in their study of any text of the Bible. The litera ture is permeated with Biblical phrases, but it employs the most involved allegorical method of inter pretation. Fourthly, it may be asked at this point what relevance all this has for the problem of the unity of Isaiah. It is known that the book of Isaiah has for many years been the battle ground of the critics. They claim the book is the product of two or more authors, the great break coming be tween the thirty-ninth and fortieth chapters. Conservative scholars have rightly and with evidence main tained that the root of the critical objections is their animus toward predictive prophecy. Now, do these scrolls confirm their claim of a dual or triple authorship for the book? Their answer is that the scrolls can not decide the matter because they come from a time (second century B.C.) when the book of Isaiah was already in the compiled form in which we find it today. We ortho dox students of the Scriptures say that nothing yet has invalidated the original and prior claim that all the book has issued from the same hand, that of the prophet Isaiah as he was directed of the Spirit of God. Before leaving this point, however, we should remind the reader that some liberal scholars have dated parts of Isaiah as late as 200 B.C. They were certainly mistaken, for time must be allowed (a cardinal argument with the liberals themselves) for the body of material to be collected in the form now known. continued on page 34
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Bob Shu ler , S r . re tire s a fte r 56 y e a r s as a M e th od is t m i
T his month in Los Angeles, Dr. Bob Shuler is retiring after 33 years as pastor of Trinity Method ist Church. It is his 56th year \as a Methodist preacher and his 50th year in the itinerant ministry. The well-known preacher and evangelist was born 73 years ago in a log cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Just over the ridge in a log church he was con verted at nine years of age. Today he is being used to win many people through his dynamic testimony for the deity of Christ. When he came to the church in 1920 there were 900 members and a $55,000 mortgage on a building with no seats. Today the church has 3750 members, the result of years of untiring work and determination on the part of Dr. Shuler and his staff. It is by the law of the Methodist church that he is retiring, not by choice of this crusading minister. Future plans include a summer home in Oregon on Lake Woahink near Florence. To reach the place, one must cross the waters by boat. Shuler is an out-door man at heart and likes fishing. Recently he caught a prize
swordfish in Southern California waters. Destination of any edible catch is the kitchen of his wife, Nelle Reeves Shuler. In 1905 he met, courted and mar ried her, a Tennessee Methodist girl. It all happened within six months. Today they have 7 children and 21 grandchildren. Of their five sons, three are preachers. Shuler was educated at Emory and Henry College. He worked his way through, in fact, he was self-support ing at the age of 13. He and his wife rode the Grand view Circuit in Texas and spent 16 years in southwest churches until their arrival at Trinity in 1920. As well as his duties as pastor of this growing church, Shuler is editor of The Methodist Challenge, a monthly paper with 22,000 circu lation promoting evangelism in the Methodist church. This publication was started 22 years ago, and today they have published the equivalent of more than 17 volumes of a series of books containing 250 pages. Most of the subject matter has been writ ten by Shuler himself, and he will continue writing after his retire ment.
Trinity Methodist, a friendly down-town church founded more than 80 years ago.
Shuler has five sons and two daughters. Three sons are preachers, two engineers.
When the Shuler clan gathers they literally pack out the family home. The grand children are always fascinated by stories of Dr. Shuler's early life in Virginia. 18
Nelle Shuler is never far from 21 grand children— all in Los Angeles and vicinity.
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