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

The Princess and The Pauper

(This originally appeared in the May/June 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal) I was up late, viewing a videotape of an interview with Harvard professor and renowned evolution-apologist Stephen J. Gould. When the tape ended, the television came on, and I was shocked to hear that Princess Diana had been killed in an automobile accident in Paris. I stayed up for awhile and watched part of the somber coverage that would continue unabated to more … Continue reading

Somebody Blew Up Alderaan! Now What?

By now, you’ve been inundated with stories and celebrations, celebrations and commiserations. In fact you may be feeling a bit like this: If you are a Conservative Evangelical then you’ve been seeing a lot of commiserating along with, I’m sure, a fair bit of anger and no doubt many dire predictions about the future. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy there was a planet called Ursa Minor Beta where the titular guide was published. … Continue reading

Why Do You Hate Gays?

“Why do you hate gays?” This question/accusation is often hurled at Christians and others who disagree with changing the definition of marriage to allow for same sex unions that are called “marriages.” But does disagreement with the claims and assertions of progressive homosexual activists demonstrate “hatred” of gays? Of course not. Such assertions are used as emotional weapons to silence dissent and enforce their political will through guilt and manipulation. Those who are parents should … 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

In This Sign, Conquer

One of the weirdest stories from early church historians is the story of Constantine’s conversion. The reports differ but Eusebius says that Constantine had a vision of a cross of some sort and heard a voice say, “In hoc signo vinces” translated as “In this sign, [you shall] conquer.” Constantine took this as a sign that he would rule Rome. And indeed he did by defeating his enemies in a bloody war of succession. He … Continue reading