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Next time your National Geographic arrives in the mail, check out the letters to the editor. In a recent issue I noticed that the letters typically published are five sentences long. That’s it: five sentences, often fewer. I once saw a letter that had eight sentences, but that’s rare.

Now look at the letters published on pages 4 and 5 of this magazine: most of the writers are just getting warmed up after five sentences. To be sure, readers of National Geographic don’t feel a need to support their opinions with Bible verses and quotes by Ellen White, but this simple fact reveals an underlying truth: We Adventists love our words.

Our idea of evangelism is a 45-minute verbal presentation, often accompanied by proof texts on PowerPoint slides; or handing out books, pamphlets, or magazines that can rarely be read in one sitting.

Why? Because our »

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