Knowing … Mormon Style

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8 ) “Read from the Book of Mormon, and pray to see if it is true,” the two Mormon missionaries told me as they were wrapping up our meeting. I had heard this challenge before and was not surprised to hear it again. It has come to be a standard for Mormon missionaries, at least the ones I have run into. … Continue reading

Always Outsiders

Those of us who have gone to seminary will tell you there nothing like graduating from seminary to ruin your church going experience. This goes double for taking classes in biblical interpretation. Having had the mantra “context, context, context” drilled into your skull by a venerable professor, you just can’t help but harp on it. Recently I was in a Sunday School class and the topic was being a disciple. Matthew 10:39 was the verse … Continue reading

Hey… Where Did The Devil Go?

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 14 ) After years of screaming at the Devil, standing in faith, and seeking deliverance through God’s anointed leaders, when I stopped fighting, I finally found some peace. Since I have ceased my daily hyper-prayer routine and picked up my Bible, I have found what I was missing all along. When I abandoned my efforts to defeat the Devil through spiritual … Continue reading

Whither Goes Middle America?

OK friends, the 2016 Presidential election season is in full swing. It is an odd one, that’s for sure. As Brit Hume from FOX said, each candidate’s high negatives with certain blocks of voters is the other’s best hope. The pundits and talking heads spend endless hours analyzing and pontificating on who will win and why, which demographic is the most important at any given moment and what each candidate needs to do to gain … Continue reading

The Purpose Driven Claim

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12 ) “What have you written on The Purpose Driven Life?” is a question we receive by phone, mail, and e-mail several times a week. In some cases, it is folks who are wary of what they perceive as just another church fad. Other times, the question comes from individuals and couples who have been removed from their church as “divisive … Continue reading

Stranger Danger

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) When our children started school, we were introduced to the “Stranger Danger” program. With a growing concern about strangers abducting school children, we, along with most other parents, spent time talking with our kids about Stranger Danger. “Don’t talk to strangers.” “Walk in a group.” “Never get into a stranger’s car, or go anywhere with him—even if he says he knows your parents … Continue reading