For the Furtherance of the Gospel

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 16) Many Church leaders today are engaged in a cultural struggle over the direction of the Church. How can loving, following, and serving Jesus Christ become so divisive? The question at the heart of the controversy is: “Does man or God control the future and direction of the Church?” The proverbial camel is now settled inside the tent; it must be … Continue reading

Dangerous Home Front: Proof Texts We Know and Love

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8 ) By John David Ferrer On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I found myself going through several airports; and with each airport are the inevitable security checks. In one airport, I had no problems going through the baggage scan and the metal detectors. But at LaGuardia Airport, I was stopped. I innocently had left a small pocketknife on my … Continue reading

Under The Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) By Frank York Retired (1999) Illinois College Professor of Sociology Dr. Alvin J. Schmidt, who holds an M. Div. from Concordia Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, has written what should be considered one of the most important books of the twenty-first century. In a popular culture that seems determined to persecute Christians and to remove every … Continue reading

Cults in Our Culture: Two Case Studies

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12) We live in a time and place where tolerance is considered more of a virtue than truth, and where truth is more highly valued in used-car salesmen than in the local Church. But the Word of God consistently values the necessity of absolute truth in doctrine and, in fact, professes to be truth (John 17:17). If for no other reason … Continue reading

Lessons from the Garden

(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, … Continue reading