Your Money or Your Kids

(Originally printed in the Spring 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8) I am a part-time pastor at a very small country church in what many might think is the middle of nowhere. It is not likely that I will ever have much influence or notoriety, but I do take my pastoral responsibilities seriously when it comes to protecting my small flock from harmful teachings. I am especially concerned about those well-known … Continue reading

A Family Affair

(Originally printed in the Spring 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12 ) You may have seen them in the mall in front of the local toy store or J.C. Penney’s. Friendly people, dressed as clowns, tying balloons, and telling dramatic stories of their missionary work around the world, complete with pictures and, of course, accepting donations to help with the on-going ministry. You may have volunteered alongside them at the Red … Continue reading

Passion About the Passion

(Originally printed in the Spring 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) For nearly a year before the release of Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of The Christ, controversy—public and private—swirled around the project. As is so often the case, many had made definitive decisions about the film without ever having viewed it. Liberals were sure the film had to be denounced, and scrounged around desperately for aspersions to cast upon it. Some … Continue reading