Should You Believe in the Watchtower or Is Jesus Christ Almighty God?

(Originally printed in the Fall 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Should you believe in the Trinity? This is the question raised by the widely circulated, 1989 booklet published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS)*, appropriately titled Should You Believe in the Trinity?and subtitled Is Jesus Christ the Almighty God?1 Well, should we believe in the Trinity? Is Jesus Christ Almighty God? It seems more popular than ever to deny the closely related … Continue reading

Is ISIS Islamic?

Not long ago Barack Obama proclaimed, “ISIL is not Islamic.” Certainly he has a right to express his opinion, no matter how uninformed or perhaps emotionally informed he may be but that doesn’t make his declaration correct or accurate. I have always been intrigued by those who want to define faith claims by something other than the historical teachings on the essentials of the faith by its adherents as well as the definitions provided in … Continue reading

Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

While surfing the interweb the other day I happened upon yet another attempt at describing the “people you meet” in society. Apparently stereo-typing people is some sort of hobby on line. But one of these got my attention. I can’t vouch for anything on the site itself but this seemed dead on: Some people’s idea of right and wrong just boils down to “Is it mean?” No good can come from any discussion on race, … Continue reading

Resurrecting Relics for Fun and Profit

The season of our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ is upon us. With is come the march of liberal theologians on the main stream media claiming the Bible is myth and fable. Also, Jewish filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici makes, what seems like, his annual rounds promoting some new “discovery.” My first acquaintance with him was in 2007 after his documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus had aired on the History Channel. We wrote about … Continue reading

Christians and Politics

But you seem to fear lest all men become righteous, and you no longer have any to punish. ( Justin Martyr’ The First Apology of Justin The Anti-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1; T&T Clark/Eerdmans, 1989 pg 166) For the first time since we began MCOI we have been in a position to comment on what is happening in politics. For years many running for office stayed from religion and created a sort of Grand Canyon separation. … Continue reading

Honor Thy Fathers

It is safe to say that conservative evangelical Christians have, for the most part, ignored the writings of the church fathers in recent generations. For much of my Christian life I have been no different than my fellow evangelicals in this respect. I vividly recall my experience 30 years ago this fall when I entered Emmaus Bible School in Oak Park, Illinois (it’s now Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa) and encountered its library’s complete … Continue reading