Spiritual Discernment Conference Papers
Dowsing—An Exposé of Hidden Occult
(Ben G. Hester)
- 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
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
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
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
Preliminary Historical Perspectives
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
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?
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.