The Purpose Driven Claim

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12 ) “What have you written on The Purpose Driven Life?” is a question we receive by phone, mail, and e-mail several times a week. In some cases, it is folks who are wary of what they perceive as just another church fad. Other times, the question comes from individuals and couples who have been removed from their church as “divisive … Continue reading

Wildly Unbiblical

(Originally printed in the Summer 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 1) Real Men Don’t Hug Unless… {All “real men” would answer C’ to the posed questions.} 1. Alien beings from a highly advanced society visit the earth. You are the first human they have encountered: and as a token of inter-galactic friendship, they present you with a small but incredibly sophisticated device that is capable of curing all diseases, provide an … Continue reading

Blessed Are the Ex-Peacemakers: Bill Fields War on the Church

(This originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal, Beginning on page 8) Back in the late 1980s, Joy and I were discussing a personal issue and felt the need to get some solid spiritual advice. We thought the input of a godly Christian professional would be helpful, so we asked our senior pastor for the name of a good Christian counselor outside the church. He referred us to Bill Fields, president … Continue reading

EX-JWs Stealing From a Widow

Many, perhaps most former Jehovah’s Witnesses and those on their way out of the Watchtower organization are understandably angry at the dishonesty, manipulation and outright lies of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. That is very understandable. It is not unlike discovering your mother is not your mother, you were kidnapped from the hospital within hours of your birth by a woman who passed herself off as your mother, to you and to others. In … Continue reading

Equal Right to Self-Identify

President Barack Obama “self-identifies” as a Christian. Liberal media, progressives and the political left loses their mind if anyone questions his self-identification. The church he attended for 20 years through which he gained his understanding of his claimed faith denies the essential doctrines of the faith as historically taught and understood. But because he can spell the word C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N and he self-identifies as one, all must accept it without qualification. Rachel Dolezal who is white, … Continue reading

An Evening with Bill Gothard

(This originally appeared in the March/April 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) On December 4, I997, three members of Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. (Ron Henzel, Marty Butz, and Don Veinot) met with seminar minister Bill Gothard at his offices of the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) in Oak Brook, IL. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Gothard’s concerns about an article entitled “Bill Gothard’s Evangelical Talmud” which had … Continue reading