A House Divided Against Itself

(Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) The morning of November 3, 2004, which dawned darkly upon liberals, offered a ray of hope to conservatives. George W. Bush was re-elected as the President of the United States. With his re-election a new psychological disorder was born— dubbed PEST (Post Election Selection Trauma):  More shocked John Kerry supporters on Wednesday sought psychological help with “post-election selection trauma” in South Florida, prompting the … Continue reading

Always Outsiders

Those of us who have gone to seminary will tell you there nothing like graduating from seminary to ruin your church going experience. This goes double for taking classes in biblical interpretation. Having had the mantra “context, context, context” drilled into your skull by a venerable professor, you just can’t help but harp on it. Recently I was in a Sunday School class and the topic was being a disciple. Matthew 10:39 was the verse … Continue reading

Aliens and Strangers

Biblically speaking, Christians are strangers and foreigners in a strange and foreign land. We are to be ambassadors for Christ for our time on Earth, though our true citizenship is already in heaven. As ambassadors, how should we interact with the lost in our culture? In 2013, we wrote a blog entitled, “Walking in Their World.” In the blog, we mentioned a group of about 300 “vampires” that gathered in a local park … Continue reading

The King You Have Chosen for Yourselves

Russell Moore, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in a Washington Post op-ed recently: “The word “evangelical” has become almost meaningless this year, and in many ways the word itself is at the moment subverting the gospel of Jesus Christ.” He’s started calling himself a “gospel Christian” which is, I suppose, is just as good as “Christ Follower” which is popular. It seems the term “Evangelical” has developed more … Continue reading

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

America At War With Herself

(This originally appeared in the Fall 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal) In the August 9, 2002 on-line edition of World Net Daily, in an article entitled Why are Christians Losing America?, David Kupelian writes:   Most Americans call themselves Christians.   Twice they chose as their supreme leader Bill Clinton – a sexual predator and pathological liar who regarded the “religious right” as enemies and radical homosexuals as friends, and who by any meaningful and historical … Continue reading