Defining, Explaining and Illustrating the Trinity

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal Page 14) By Jay Hess In my personal exploration of the Doctrine of the Trinity as described in Scripture, I found it to be the most complex doctrine I have ever studied. I was raised a Jehovah’s Wit­ness (JW, student of Watchtower Bible and Tract Society*, aka WTBTS) and was in that false belief-system for over 23 years. Although the JWs are opposed to … Continue reading

Worldview Boutique

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Though I no longer consider myself a Christian, I’m still keeping a space for God in my heart. I didn’t lose my religion. Instead, I’m creating my own. I don’t believe that we humans can live and function happily without any belief or faith in something outside of the physical world we live in. 1 These words from Keay Nigel near the end … Continue reading

God Made Them That Way

When we initially commented on Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s HuffPo blog,  “Jesus: The First Transgender Man” with “Jesus Transgendered?” we had no expectation that anyone from the Huffington Post would read much less respond to our thoughts. To our surprise Suzanne DeWitt Hall did both, informing us that she did a follow up to her original piece, titled “Christians Turn Love into a Four-Letter Word”, in which she included hateful comments she had received from some … Continue reading

Serpent Seed of Satan

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal Page 8) By Ken Ammi Behold, I shew you a mystery; … .” Thus wrote the Apos­tle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51, and it is the view of what this mystery is which fuels the alleged Serpent Seed of Satan Theory. It fuels both its identification and revela­tion for “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the hon­our of kings … Continue reading

The Christian Duty to Lament

  I was going to write something snarky today but then this happened. 50 people are dead. 50 people God loved fiercely are dead including one Omar Mateen. So no snark today. There is little doubt that people will express their anger, disbelief, and sorrow on facebook. There is even less doubt that pundits and politicians will claim they know how to fix things in the coming days. But what are ordinary Christians to do … Continue reading

Seasoned with salt…

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:5-6 ESV) Last week’s blog, “Jesus Transgendered?” presented our thoughts (Joy’s and mine) on Huffington Post, and in particular the HuffPO blog by Suzanne DeWitt Hall, “Jesus: The First Transgender Man.” To our surprise, Suzanne DeWitt Hall commented on the blog, … Continue reading