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

A Brief Response to Hugh Ross

(This originally appeared in the Summer 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) by Thomas A. Howe, Ph.D. In his book Creation and Time,1 Dr. Hugh Ross presents a wealth of information relative to the creation-date controversy. This respondent is not trained or equipped to address the scientific arguments and evidence which Hugh Ross, Creation and Time A Biblical and Scientific Perspective on the Creation-Date Controversy (Colorado Springs: NavPress Publishing Group, 1994) … 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

Creation Changes Everything

An old joke illustrates just how radical and trans-formative the concept of creation and creator is. God was once approached by a scientist who said, “Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transplant organs and do all sorts of things that used to be considered miraculous.” God replied, “Don’t need me huh? How about we put your theory to the test. Why don’t we have a competition to see … Continue reading

Faith – Happily Tossing Logic Out the Window

I picked up a quote from author Stephen King a few years back. I don’t recall where I got it but thought it was interesting: “The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance…logic can be happily tossed out the window.” A recent Huffington Post article, Children … Continue reading