Are You Just Afraid of Death?

After our webcast, “500 Years after Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther,” someone posted this question; “Why do you believe these bible stories; are you just afraid of death?” In view of the fact that the fear of death has tormented humanity from the very earliest of times, that is a valid question. In Hamlet, Shakespeare asked the question of what happens after death with the poetic soliloquy, “To be, or not … Continue reading

Institutional Back Sliding: The Slippery Slope

(This originally appeared in the Spring 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) by Pastor Keith Graham The English language has a fine old family of words. One venerable member is “liberality.” The word is synonymous with generosity and big-heartedness. It should bring to our minds those character traits which are the opposite of stinginess, mean spiritedness, and pettiness. Another word sharing the august etymology of liberality is “liberate” – to set … Continue reading

Creation vs. Evolution: The War of the Worldviews

by Dave Johnson (This originally appeared in the November/December 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal, starting on page 6) There are those who think that the debate over origins is just so much petty bickering among academics. They could not be more wrong. The creation/ evolution controversy is, in reality, a war between two fundamentally different and opposing worldviews. The outcome of this war will determine the direction of our society in virtually every area … Continue reading

Once Upon A Time… Plus Chance!

(This originally appeared in the September/October 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal) Remember the story about the frog who was turned into a handsome prince by the kiss of a (seemingly fairly desperate) princess? Alas, my good friends, it was only a fairy tale. Frogs, no matter how ardently kissed, do not become princes in real life. Add wishful thinking to the mix if you like, but it’s still not gonna happen. Put a crown … Continue reading

Against All Gods: What’s Right and Wrong About the New Atheism

(Originally printed in the Fall 2010 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) By Phillip E. Johnson and John Mark Reynolds IVP Books, Downers Grove, Illinois, ©2010, 118 pages, $15.00 Review by G. Richard Fisher Phillip Johnson is a leading spokesman and apologist for the Intelligent Design movement, and John Reynolds is a PhD and author of Three Views on Creation and Evolution. They have teamed up in this cutting-edge new book. Books … Continue reading

You Bet Your Life

(This originally appreared in the March/April 1997 MCOI Journal) “To be or not to be. That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them. To die. To sleep. No more. And by a sleep to say we end the heart ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to. … Continue reading