Who is Israel and Why You Need to Know: A Review of Batya Wooten’s “Who is Israel?”

(Originally printed in the Winter 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 14 ) This is a book review. Why do I say this? You knew that if you perused the title of the article. So why do I state the obvious, dear reader? It is as much for me as it is for you. I want to head off expectations. Many of our readers have wanted MCO to do an analysis of … Continue reading

Answering JW Objections to the Deity of Christ

(Originally printed in the Winter 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) In our last Journal, we discussed the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society’s (WTBTS’s)* Should You Believe in the Trinity1, Should You Believe in the Trinity? (Brooklyn, NY WATCHTOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, INC., 1989)] booklet, especially looking at how that publication intentionally misrepresents and misquotes scholars in order to make their case that the Deity of Christ/Trinity doctrine is an … Continue reading

Knowing … Mormon Style

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8 ) “Read from the Book of Mormon, and pray to see if it is true,” the two Mormon missionaries told me as they were wrapping up our meeting. I had heard this challenge before and was not surprised to hear it again. It has come to be a standard for Mormon missionaries, at least the ones I have run into. … Continue reading

Hey… Where Did The Devil Go?

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 14 ) After years of screaming at the Devil, standing in faith, and seeking deliverance through God’s anointed leaders, when I stopped fighting, I finally found some peace. Since I have ceased my daily hyper-prayer routine and picked up my Bible, I have found what I was missing all along. When I abandoned my efforts to defeat the Devil through spiritual … Continue reading

The Purpose Driven Claim

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12 ) “What have you written on The Purpose Driven Life?” is a question we receive by phone, mail, and e-mail several times a week. In some cases, it is folks who are wary of what they perceive as just another church fad. Other times, the question comes from individuals and couples who have been removed from their church as “divisive … Continue reading

Stranger Danger

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) When our children started school, we were introduced to the “Stranger Danger” program. With a growing concern about strangers abducting school children, we, along with most other parents, spent time talking with our kids about Stranger Danger. “Don’t talk to strangers.” “Walk in a group.” “Never get into a stranger’s car, or go anywhere with him—even if he says he knows your parents … Continue reading