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

The (No) Dating Game

(This originally appeared in the Summer 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) It all started when Bill Gothard* began to get Christians excited about “courtship” rather than dating. This came at a time when numbers of Christian young people and their parents were ready for something completely new when it came to romantic relationships — something that would serve as an antidote to the trends of the world. So … Continue reading

The Birds and the Bees with Diversities

I’m being pressured by someone to do something I’m not sure I’m ready to do. Don’t get me wrong, I want to do it because I love the person and I want to show them that I love them very much. It’s just that it’s a big decision and I don’t know if I can do it. I’m talking about the birds and the bees. Specifically I’m talking about having “that” conversation with my eight … Continue reading