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

The New Emergence (or Re-emergence) of Old Paganism

Last week, Jonathon began our discussion on Christianity, Homosexuality and Rome with Somebody Blew Up Alderaan! Now What? As western culture, both here and abroad, continues to abandon its Christian roots, it may be helpful to consider that we are really headed back to the very pagan roots into which Christianity was born. The church was birthed into a very dark and evil time in world history, which was thoroughly pagan in its outlook. Our … Continue reading

Why is Sex is the Canary in the Coal Mine?

If you are not familiar, dear reader, the term “Canary in a coal mine” is an expression rooted in history. Coal miners would bring a canary down into the coal mine to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide or methane. The deadly gases would kill the canary before it would kill the miners, giving the humans time to retreat. Modern coal miners don’t use canaries much anymore. These days, to be a canary in a … Continue reading