Royal Pains

Most people don’t know that when our founding fathers were fighting over what kind of government we should have (during the last days of the Articles of Confederation or during the long hot summer of the Constitutional congress, accounts vary) that a few leaders quietly wrote to Prince Henry of Prussia and asked if he would be interested in becoming King of America. Henry declined. After all, look how they treated their last king. There … Continue reading

God’s Schedule

Joy and I were at the Witnesses Now for Jesus Convention in PA this past weekend. It is always a time of encouragement for us as we gather with many who have left the Watchtower and come to faith in Christ, as well as others who, like us, invest their time, energy, resources – and heart – to reach those trapped in this false and abusive religious group. Any Christian who is involved in this … Continue reading

A House Divided Against Itself

The morning of November 3, 2004, which dawned darkly upon liberals, offered a ray of hope to conservatives. George W. Bush was re-elected as the President of the United States. With his re-election a new psychological disorder was born— dubbed PEST (Post Election Selection Trauma):  More shocked John Kerry supporters on Wednesday sought psychological help with “post-election selection trauma” in South Florida, prompting the American Health Association to officially release symptoms of the disorder … Continue reading

Wrecking Ball

I was pimply faced and wide-eyed and full to the brim with a combination of naivete and cocky assurance–in other words, a freshman in college. Add a healthy dose of hormones and a campus where the male to female ratio was over 100 to 1 (I attended Blue Mountain College, a women’s college) and you had the making of a disaster. I knew next to nothing about women but was sure I was ready … Continue reading

Your Money or Your Kids

(Originally printed in the Spring 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8) I am a part-time pastor at a very small country church in what many might think is the middle of nowhere. It is not likely that I will ever have much influence or notoriety, but I do take my pastoral responsibilities seriously when it comes to protecting my small flock from harmful teachings. I am especially concerned about those well-known … Continue reading

Andy Stanley and The Sound of Music

All I trust I leave my heart to, All I trust becomes my own! I have confidence in confidence alone. I have confidence in confidence alone! Besides, which you see, I have confidence in me! 1 I met Dani on my first trip to Israel in 1997. She was seated next to me on the plane, and as I recall, reading some New Age type of book. I overcame my normal shy, retiring self and … Continue reading