The Christian Duty to Lament

  I was going to write something snarky today but then this happened. 50 people are dead. 50 people God loved fiercely are dead including one Omar Mateen. So no snark today. There is little doubt that people will express their anger, disbelief, and sorrow on facebook. There is even less doubt that pundits and politicians will claim they know how to fix things in the coming days. But what are ordinary Christians to do … Continue reading

Islam: The Missing Piece

(This originally appeared in the Spring/Summer 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning page 12) by Cody Lorance The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, that claimed the lives of thousands of unsuspecting people, have prompted widespread attitudes of anxiety and skepticism toward the obscure teachings of Islam. It seems many people are just no longer comfortable being ignorant of a religion that was used by some of its followers as a warrant for crashing … Continue reading

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Cigar

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar,” was a statement attributed to Sigmund Freud by Allen Wheelis in a 1950 article in “Psychiatry” which was a medical journal.1 The point of the statement is that things are very often just as they appear to be, rather than the fantasy projections that Freud, or today’s conspiracy-minded people would have you believe the “real truth” is behind the proverbial curtain. “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar,” … Continue reading

Does God Agree that Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

The question of the day is, “Do Christians and Muslims believe in and worship the same God?” There has been a veritable firestorm of debate amongst Evangelicals after Dr. Larycia Hawkins of Wheaton College claimed that we do. “Wheaton College Moves To Fire Professor For Saying Muslims And Christians ‘Worship The Same God’” the debate surrounding Wheaton College to national prominence and conversation, as popular media outlets such as the Huff Post and CNN weighed … Continue reading

Equal Right to Self-Identify

President Barack Obama “self-identifies” as a Christian. Liberal media, progressives and the political left loses their mind if anyone questions his self-identification. The church he attended for 20 years through which he gained his understanding of his claimed faith denies the essential doctrines of the faith as historically taught and understood. But because he can spell the word C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N and he self-identifies as one, all must accept it without qualification. Rachel Dolezal who is white, … Continue reading

Deceiving and Being Deceived

In the event you haven’t noticed, the world is a dangerous place. It is a time for clear thinking and forthright truth telling, yet deceit and obfuscation seem to be the order of the day. This week, we have witnessed the Great Snowflake Meltdown on college campuses. These obviously oppressed students seem to be operating on the idea that they have a right to be protected from being offended, even to the point that none … Continue reading