Missionaries To America?

(This originally appeared in the Winter 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) When we think of missionaries, we tend to think in terms of PLACE. Missionaries go places, like foreign lands, don’t they? We call them mission fields. They exist in exotic faraway places like Zaire, Ghana, and today, even rather amazing (to those of us raised in the cold-war decades) new places like Russia and Romania; “fields” which traditionally have been closed to missionary … Continue reading

Hypocrites, A Field Guide (Part 1)

Robert Tilton, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Ted Haggard. As Sonny and Cher said, the list goes on and on (or was that the beat?).  Ah yes, the Church’s black sheep just added two more to the fold. Josh Duggar of the famous “19 and Counting” Duggars was found to have fondled his sisters when he was younger and resigned from the Family Research Council. Now thanks to a hacker group calling themselves the “Impact Team,” … Continue reading

An Invitation to Disaster

He sang in our church’s choir. His wife was part of our musical accompaniment. Week after week they helped lead our Sunday morning worship, and week after week they participated in the small group Bible study we held in our home. They were solid, mature Christians. They listened to all the right Christian teachers. They read all the right Christian books. They said all the right things. Until that one evening… I don’t remember how … Continue reading

Conversations with Which God? Looking at Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God, book 1

by Marcia Montenegro (This originally appeared in the November/December 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal, starting on page 10) The title of the best-selling book Conversations with God means what it says: the author, Neale Donald Walsch, claims to have written down conversations held between him and a being he calls God. I first heard of this book in 1997 while discussing spiritual beliefs with a woman working in a New Age bookstore. She kept … Continue reading

Creation vs. Evolution: The War of the Worldviews

by Dave Johnson (This originally appeared in the November/December 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal, starting on page 6) There are those who think that the debate over origins is just so much petty bickering among academics. They could not be more wrong. The creation/ evolution controversy is, in reality, a war between two fundamentally different and opposing worldviews. The outcome of this war will determine the direction of our society in virtually every area … Continue reading