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Spiritual Discernment Conference Papers

The Role of the Spirit in Creating True Community (Richard Rice)
The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to create the Christian Community - an extension of its life-giving role. The legitimacy and value of spiritual manifestations must be determined by their contribution to the life of the community.
How Shall We Read the Bible (Richard Rice)
We can read the Bible for both theological and personal purposes. Jesus' approach to the Bible provides us with an example of how to find 'words to live by' in the Word of God.
The Place of the Dramatic in God's Overall Plan (Richard Rice)
The trajectory of God's activity in human affairs runs from the more to the less dramatic. "Power-centred" Christianity is a mistake, but a very subtle one, as Jesus ' temptations demonstrate. All three rested on the seductive attraction of power.
Rediscovering the Spirit Filled Life (Richard Rice)
Jesus epitomizes the Holy Spirit-filled life. The Christian life is filled with the Holy Spirit from the beginning, so there is no need for a second blessing.
Super Christians and the New Gnosticism: Divine Revelations (Richard Rice)
A look at the development of the Christian canon can help us avoid both exaggerating the uniqueness of the Bible
Early Adventist Worship, Ellen White and the Holy Spirit:  Preliminary Historical Perspectives  (Arthur Patrick)
This paper begins to explore attitudes and experiences within nineteenth-century Seventh-day Adventism towards the person and work of the Holy Spirit. It firstly observes the charismatic stance of three founders, Hiram Edson, James White and Ellen White. Then it seeks to understand why such attitudes changed radically from the era of Millerite "boundlessnes" to that of Seventh-day Adventist "consolidation".  
Later Adventist Worship, Ellen White and the Holy Spirit:  Further Historical Perspectives (Arthur Patrick)
The previous article prepared the ground for this paper concerning the major re-emphasis within Adventism of the perceived need to receive the Holy Spirit. As recommended by A.F. Ballenger and others during the 1890s, it formed a context for the Holy Flesh movement in Indiana which climaxed during 1901. This leads to questions such as,  Did experiences like Ballenger's apostasy and the doctrinal aberrations of the Indiana experiment condition Seventh-day Adventism to develop a reticence to the reception of the Holy Spirit? Did the doctrine of the Latter Rain offer the church a preferred alternative to Pentecostalism, locking the reception of the Holy Spirit into the safety of the future? Is it time for Adventism to look with freshness and depth at what Scripture says of the Holy Spirit and His ministry?

Dowsing—An Exposé of Hidden Occult Forces (Ben G. Hester)

For eight years Hester and two others researched the literature from ancient times to the present to produce this in-depth investigation of dowsing which examines all known possibilities. This book traces the history, the many methods and explanations of this widespread phenomenon, and provides answers from a Christian perspective.

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