An Indistinct Sound

(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) In 1 Corinthians 14:8, the Apostle Paul drew a word picture for the Corinthian believers when he wrote: “For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?” This passage has been on my mind quite a bit lately. “But why,” someone may ask, “this short passage?” That is a very good question, and one which I have asked myself. … Continue reading

The Devil is a Liar

Do you ever have books that no matter how many times you encounter them you always get something new out of them? That’s the Screwtape Letters (SL) for me. Just recently I listened to one of the many audio book recordings. This one was well done but not as full of irony like the version read by John Cleese, himself a religious iconocast nor as dramatic as the one done by Focus on the Family … Continue reading

Combatting Christian Occultism Part 2

(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal Beginning on page 6) Part 2 in a 2-Part Look at Occultic-like Beliefs and Practices in the Church By John Ferrer Introduction In the last Journal article “Occultism in the Church” (Part-1),1 we surveyed what the occult is: how it represents a certain world view geared toward secret knowledge or power and being typically characterized by certain categories of practice. These practices include fortune … Continue reading

The God of Awards Season

Awards season is here. We just had the Golden Globes were it was all about telling serial sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein that #timesup. So a quick reminder. God is okay. No really. Lots of people thank God. Even snarky atheist Ricky Gervais thanked God (that he made him an atheist) at the Golden Globes. I was watching Saturday Night Live last week and Chance the Rapper ended the show with the shout out: “I … Continue reading

Freedom and Safety: Does There Have to be a Conflict? (An Urgent Personal Message To Christian Home-schoolers)

(Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12) By Jan Fletcher Our freedom to home-school is precious to us. Home-schooling parents cherish the freedom home-schooling gives our children to learn and grow in the ways we, as parents, think are best. Keeping our children safe is also important. Dangers to children abound in our society—everything from school violence and stranger dangers to negative peer pressures and cultural … Continue reading

The Week of New Year Tidings

For those of us in the “good ole USA,” the movement of the clock hand from 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to midnight on Monday changed, not only the date of the day, but the month and year as well. With the tick of the minute hand, the calendar made the transition from 2017 to 2018. Did it have any spiritual significance for the masses who were so committed to their celebration or was it just … Continue reading