Preventing LIE-Ability

“A text without a context is a pretext.” This is something we learned very early on after becoming Christians. This applies to any literature – a novel, a newspaper, the Constitution and yes, certainly the Bible. A text is whatever it is we are reading. Context includes such questions as when the text was written? To whom was it written? Who wrote it or whose words were recorded in the document? How would the reader … Continue reading

Whose Moral Compass?

Speaking at a women’s conference in 2015, Hillary Clinton asserted that “…deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed…” The fact that she would dare to challenge American’s cherished religious freedom was both profound and shocking to many. Religious views have to be changed? What? What right does the Federal Government or any politician have to dictate moral views and religious teachings? More recently, she made clear that human rights are … Continue reading

Can the Leopard Change His Spots?: An Analysis of the Turbulent ICC

(Originally printed in the Winter 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8 ) Introduction The International Churches of Christ, popularly known as the Boston Movement, has been one of America’s fastest growing religious groups for two decades. Leader Kip McKean’s version of discipleship provides the structure for the movement at every level and spreads a simple heresy to hundreds of thousands of people. Boston Discipleship is an extra-biblical practice that has brought … Continue reading

The Art of Manipulation

Why do you believe what you believe? Why do you behave the way you behave? Peer pressure has a dramatic impact on social conformity. Human beings are quite susceptible to “group behavior,” and have an almost overwhelming desire to imitate the group they are a part of without even questioning why. As I watched the above video this week, I was reminded through this demonstration of the great power of conformity. A young woman … Continue reading

Who is Israel and Why You Need to Know: A Review of Batya Wooten’s “Who is Israel?”

(Originally printed in the Winter 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 14 ) This is a book review. Why do I say this? You knew that if you perused the title of the article. So why do I state the obvious, dear reader? It is as much for me as it is for you. I want to head off expectations. Many of our readers have wanted MCO to do an analysis of … Continue reading

Huzzah for Homicide!

I have an announcement to make. I once drowned some puppies. We had an unexpected litter. I could have found homes for most of them but we were in the process of moving and starting a family and so instead I drowned the puppies. And you know what? I’m tired of feeling like I have to hide this. I did nothing wrong. I did what was right for my family. It is not like I … Continue reading