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

Lessons from the Garden

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, … Continue reading

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