Paradise – Lost

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, popularly known as Jehovah’s Witnesses, teach there is a two-class system of the faithful. There is the elite “anointed class,” 144,000 people who are going to heaven to rule and reign with Jesus when they die. The lower class “other sheep” never make it to heaven but are left behind on Earth. They will be busy cleaning up the mess of Armageddon – and it promises to be a … Continue reading

Who’s On First … First?: Do We Need a Marriage Amendment?

(Originally printed in the Winter 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Since the time of the Tower of Babel, when God confused the languages of men on Earth, there has been a great language problem to overcome. And, any of you who watch those migraine inducing, political-debating shows on television know that even if people speak the same language, they might not “speak the same language.” There is a human problem of communication that often … Continue reading

Why Johnny Can’t Confess (What He Believes)

For most of the 20th century, American evangelicals became increasingly out-of-touch with something that served as one of the most important sources of theological cohesiveness for the previous 1,700 years: the historic creeds. Many Bible-believing Christians still seem to be spiritually allergic to them. There were a variety of reasons for this trend, and in virtually all cases the intentions were good. If only the results had been as good as those intentions. In 1955, … Continue reading

I Can Only Imagine

On Saturday evening at the old homestead, we had movie night and watched the newly released for streaming, I Can Only Imagine. Faith films these days sometimes seem a little hokey, lacking depth: It’s almost like they work so hard to be “Christian” that they forget the power of a story well told. This film’s writers, Alex Cramer and Jon Erwin, and its directors, brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin, did a great job of just … Continue reading

Point of Contact

It is a big idea I’ve been trying to get my head around since I first heard it. The word for “image” in Genesis 1:26. As in “Let Us make man in our image.” I knew from Hebrew class that the “Us” is just a translation of the plural word Elohim or “God” doesn’t necessarily imply the Trinity. It also doesn’t refute the idea of the Trinity either. So, I understand there are much, much … Continue reading

The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You

In the fall of 2017 Professor Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the United States Circuit Court. In the Senate confirmation hearings, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein offered a rather Star Wars-esque comment concerning Barrett’s faith, saying, “The dogma lives loudly within you.” Feinstein did not call the Notre Dame law professor’s qualifications into question, but rather the strength of her commitment to her Roman Catholic faith, which, it seemed to Feinstein, spills over into and … Continue reading