Amazing Grace

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the news services across the nation lit up with news of a multiple shooting – cold blooded murder in a South Carolina church, Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The pastor, Clementa C. Pinckney (who, as it happens is also a State Senator) and eight church members were killed were killed by 21 year old Dylann Roof. Roof is white, all his victims were black, and there seemed to be no … Continue reading

Why Do You Hate Gays?

“Why do you hate gays?” This question/accusation is often hurled at Christians and others who disagree with changing the definition of marriage to allow for same sex unions that are called “marriages.” But does disagreement with the claims and assertions of progressive homosexual activists demonstrate “hatred” of gays? Of course not. Such assertions are used as emotional weapons to silence dissent and enforce their political will through guilt and manipulation. Those who are parents should … Continue reading

A Very Different Approach When Witnessing to the Jehovah’s Witnesses

By Jay Hess (This originally appeared in the March/April 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) seems to be a paradoxical ministry. Since the JWs claim to hold to the authority of God’s Word, it would seem sufficient to present logically sound biblical arguments to persuade them to abandon their organization and choose historic, orthodox Christianity. But, as anyone who has tried the direct confrontational approach knows, … Continue reading

An Evening with Bill Gothard

(This originally appeared in the March/April 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) On December 4, I997, three members of Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. (Ron Henzel, Marty Butz, and Don Veinot) met with seminar minister Bill Gothard at his offices of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) in Oak Brook, IL. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Gothard’s concerns about an article entitled “Bill Gothard’s Evangelical Talmud” which had … Continue reading

Fear of Flying

(This originally appeared in the March/April 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal) People often wonder why it’s so hard for people to leave cult groups, even when they’re made aware of very damning facts about the group. Even more mystifying is the loyalty people exhibit toward their group, long after they’ve left on their own or have been kicked out. People who have been horrendously treated by their former “friends” in the group still carry … Continue reading