Hopelessness Undone

The psalmist said: “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:5). It is clear that troubles can consume our lives and the lives of others. Grief overwhelms, and brings us to a point where we do not want to go any further. We may even cry out against God in despair. … Continue reading

Deceiving and Being Deceived

In the event you haven’t noticed, the world is a dangerous place. It is a time for clear thinking and forthright truth telling, yet deceit and obfuscation seem to be the order of the day. This week, we have witnessed the Great Snowflake Meltdown on college campuses. These obviously oppressed students seem to be operating on the idea that they have a right to be protected from being offended, even to the point that none … Continue reading

Cure All Bondages

(This originally appeared in the Summer 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) One only has to glance at (he shelves of the local Christian bookstore to surmise that the topic of spiritual warfare is a hot one. It seems many authors are expounding on the best way for Christians to gain victory over sin and Satan. One such writer is Neil T. Anderson, former Professor of Practical Theology at Talbot Seminary, … Continue reading

Absurdity in Comparative Religions

A few years ago I was completing an undergraduate degree. There was an overall agenda taught that all religions were really the same. The parable of the elephant was told ad nauseam. Don and Joy addressed this in “Do All Roads Lead to God?” but as a refresher, the parable is about six blind men touching the same elephant, each at different points. One was touching the tail, the other the belly, the other the leg … Continue reading

Do All Roads Lead to God?

“All roads lead to God” was the prevailing idea and guiding principle at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions (October 15-19, 2015) in Salt Lake City, UT. One of the first things an attendee saw when they arrived to register was a Jain Temple built in the entry hall of the Salt Palace Convention Center, oftentimes complete with Jains performing their worship rituals. The Jains also had a booth in the exhibition hall and … Continue reading