Thomas Merton: The Contemplative Dark Thread

(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 8) Twenty-some years ago, my sister Janet and I signed up for a field trip sponsored by the Crystal Cathedral to a Vedanta monastery in the nearby Saddleback Mountains. At that time, we were working together on a discernment newsletter called The New Age Alert and attended as part of our research. The field trip was being promoted as an educational adventure to … Continue reading

Who Raised Jesus From the Dead?

(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 5) Compiled by Corkey McGehee (All Scripture quotations are from the WTBTS New World Translation of the Bible.) When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his dis­ciples called to mind that he used to say this, and they believed the Scripture and the saying that Jesus said. (John 2:22) God raised Jesus: Acts 2:32 This Jesus God resurrected, of which fact … Continue reading

The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith – A Review

World Peace! What a lofty goal and aspiration for the residents of Earth! Beauty pageant contestants, zealous politicians, and those of the Baha’i’ faith speak of the possibility of living in unity with one another. Bahá’ís believe that God has appeared throughout the ages in the form of manifestations or mirrors of God. All of these manifestations of God have been deployed to Earth to help people to see the one true God. The film … Continue reading

The New Mormon Church History

Saints: The Story of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Days, Volume 1, The Standard of Truth, 1815-1846 (722 Pages. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. $5.99) Reviewed by Kurt Van Gorden The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS) has always been an enigma.  The church’s published history is a mixture of truth, speculation, and falsified information. To resolve that, history students have sought … Continue reading

A Different Jesus? (Book Review)

Long is the list of differences that separate Mormonism from Christianity, but one of the greatest is how each faith understands the person and role of Jesus Christ. For all but four years of its history, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka: LDS church, Mormons) has had the name Jesus in its official title, but how this “Jesus” has been described by Mormon leaders has led most of the professing Christian world … Continue reading

The Basic Spirituality of Yoga

We have received a number of questions about Yoga. Is it merely exercise and not incompatible with Christianity or is it another religion? We asked our friend and fellow missionary to non-Christian religions, former professional astrologer/New Ager, Marcia Montenegro from Christian Answers to the New Age to share her insights on the Basic Spirituality of Yoga: Yoga is one of the most popular topics I am asked about when I speak in churches or at … Continue reading