Hallelujah Another Diet!

by Randall Birtell (This originally appeared in the Fall 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal, Beginning on page 8) In March of 1513, Juan Ponce de León launched an expedition to find the “fountain of youth.” Indians had told him of a miraculous spring that rejuvenated those who drank from it. Instead of finding a miraculous fountain, he discovered Florida. In 1521, he was killed by the arrow of an Indian. Death had found Juan.1  … Continue reading

A Big Plan for a Small Planet: The Humbug Manifesto 2000

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal) By Sarah Flashing & Joy A. Veinot Many people faced the new Millennium with a sense of dread and apprehension. What would happen to the world in our new century? War? Famine? Economic collapse? Armageddon? We have now survived Y2K, so perhaps millennial fever will cool down for a time. Perhaps the rosy optimists will have the upper hand for a time—at … Continue reading

Absurdity in Comparative Religions

A few years ago I was completing an undergraduate degree. There was an overall agenda taught that all religions were really the same. The parable of the elephant was told ad nauseam. Don and Joy addressed this in “Do All Roads Lead to God?” but as a refresher, the parable is about six blind men touching the same elephant, each at different points. One was touching the tail, the other the belly, the other the leg … Continue reading

Y2K: Genuine Crisis or Over-Hyped Circus?

(This originally appeared in the Spring 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) For the last several years, many of us who are involved in discernment ministries have been wondering what type of doomsday cults would surface to herald the new millennium. There is something about the turn of a new century that feeds people’s fearful imaginations of the future. If a new century fosters such gloomy speculations, how much more hysteria will be ignited by … Continue reading

Laughter is Good Medicine

According to Solomon, who wrote the OT book of Ecclesiastes, there is a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;(Ecclesiastes 3:4) How do we in the apologetics ministries maintain our sanity as missionaries to cults and New Religious Movements? Usually we do it with a good dose of humor. The issues we deal with on a daily basis are often quite intense, so if we … Continue reading

The Holy Ghost Bartender Comes to Chicago

by Dave Moore & Tammy Spears (This originally appeared in the May/June 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal pg. 6) It was a Friday evening this past October when the “Holy Ghost Bartender” came to town for a revival crusade. The “Bartender” was none other than Rodney Howard-Browne, the transplanted South African Pentecostal evangelist. Browne’s meetings are known for outbreaks of so-called “holy laughter,” unusual “manifestations” of the Holy Spirit, such as people being “slain … Continue reading