Messenger of the Lord

The Prophetic Ministry of Ellen G. White

Herbert E. Douglass

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Preface
Acknowledgments
An Overview by the Author


Section I: God's Communication System

Chapter 1 - The Revealer and the Revealed
Chapter 2 - God Speaks Through Prophets
Chapter 3 - Characteristics of the Prophets

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Section II: The Real Ellen White

Chapter 4 - The Person and Her Times
Chapter 5 - Messenger, Wife, and Mother
Chapter 6 - Physical Health
Chapter 7 - Personal Characteristics
Chapter 8 - As Others Knew Her
Chapter 9 - Humor, Common Sense, and a Practical Counselor
Chapter 10 - The American Pioneer and the Victorian Woman
Chapter 11 - The Prolific Writer
Chapter 12 - The Sought-for-Speaker

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Section III: The Listening Messenger

Chapter 13 - Delivering God’s Message
Chapter 14 - Confirming the Confidence
Chapter 15 - Timely Instruction and Predictions
Chapter 16 - Ellen White’s Self-awareness as a Messenger

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Section IV: The Voice of a Movement

Chapter 17 - Organization, Unity, and Institutional Development
Chapter 18 - Theological Crises
Chapter 19 - Evangelism, Local and Global, and Race Relations
Chapter 20 - Stewardship, Government Relations, and Humanitarian Involvement
Chapter 21 - Dissidents, Within and Without
Chapter 21a - Who’s Who in the Adventist World of Ellen G. White (Photo Section)

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Section V: Nurturer of Inspired Concepts

Chapter 22 - The Organizing Theme
Chapter 23 - Clarification of Major Doctrines
Chapter 24 - Health Principles/1: Emergence of a Health Message
Chapter 25 - Health Principles/2: Relationship of Health to a Spiritual Mission
Chapter 26 - Health Principles/3: Quality Improvement in Adventist Health
Chapter 27 - Health Principles/4: Principles and Policies
Chapter 28 - Health Principles/5: Reviewing a Century of Health Reform Principles
Chapter 29 - Education/1: Principles and Philosophy
Chapter 30 - Education/2: Establishing Educational Institutions
Chapter 31 - Publishing, Temperance, and Social Principles

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Section VI: How to Listen to the Messenger

Chapter 32 - Hermeneutics/1: Basic Principles
Chapter 33 - Hermeneutics/2: Basic Rules of Interpretation—Internal
Chapter 34 - Hermeneutics/3: Basic Rules of Interpretation—External
Chapter 35 - Hermeneutics/4: Characteristics Shared by Biblical Writers and Ellen White
Chapter 36 - Hermeneutics/5: Authority and Relationship to the Bible
Chapter 37 - Hermeneutics/6: How Contemporaries Understood Ellen White’s Authority
Chapter 38 - Hermeneutics/7: 1919 Bible Conference/History Teachers Council
Chapter 39 - Understanding How the Books Were Written
Chapter 40 - Understanding How the Books Were Prepared

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Section VII: How to Evaluate Criticism

Chapter 41 - Truth Still Makes One Free
Chapter 42 - Criticism Involving Relationships With Other People
Chapter 43 - Predictions, Scientific Observations, and Unusual Statements
Chapter 44 - The Shut Door—A Case Study

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Section VIII: Continuing Relevancy of God’s Messenger

Chapter 45 - Does Ellen White Measure Up?
Chapter 46 - She Still Speaks
Chapter 47 - Messenger and Message Inseparable

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Appendix A - Camp Meetings in Early Nineteenth Century
Appendix B - Background to Exchange of Letters Between James and Ellen White in 1874
Appendix C - Excerpts from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Across the Plains (1892)
Appendix D - A Partial List of Ellen G. White Visions
Appendix E - Basic Presuppositions Shared by Most Shut-door Critics
Appendix F - Time-conditioned or Time-related?
Appendix G - Ellen White’s Growth in Understanding Her Own Visions
Appendix H - Ellen White Enriched the Term “Shut Door”
Appendix I - Ellen White Led the Way in Building a Biblically-Oriented Message for the World
Appendix J - Response to Deletion of “Wicked World”
Appendix K - Why Ellen White Seemed to Reach Out Only to Shut-door Advocates
Appendix L - Chief Charges Against Ellen White Regarding the Shut-door Issue and the Responses Through the Years
Appendix M - The July 13, 1847, Letter to Joseph Bates
Appendix N - Last Will and Testament of Ellen G. White
Appendix O - Comments of National Leaders in the Early 1860s Regarding Slavery Crisis
Appendix P - The Ellipse of Salvation Truth
Selected Bibliography

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