An Open Letter to the Readers of Jesus Calling

(Originally printed in the Spring 2011 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Stephen, a book reviewer who hopes to unite Biblical truth with God-honoring imagination, To all the readers of a little hardback that was the Christian bestseller of 2010,1 and with hopes they will understand I seek to support a real and true relationship with Jesus Christ, Grace and peace to you! Yet, might I honestly ask some questions about this book? In her introduction … Continue reading

Divine Words

(Originally printed in the Spring 2011 Issue of the MCOI Journal) beginning on page 12 The word divine is related to the word divination, which in a broad sense means getting information from a divine be­ing. The divine being can be a god, goddess, angel, any kind of spirit, or some other alleged supernatural entity. However, divination today usually refers to attempts to get hidden infor­mation by interpreting esoteric meanings in images, patterns, or the … Continue reading

Quivering Daughters: Shakes Roots of Un-biblical Patriarchy

(Originally printed in the Spring 2011 Issue of the MCOI Journal) beginning on page 10 Sunday, July 4, 2010, with my wife at our spot near the com­munity center, reading and waiting for the patriotic orchestra to start—and neither of us wanted to read further. The book was Quivering Daughters by Hillary McFarland (Darklight Press: Dallas, Texas), which was released summer 2010. I was given a copy by Don Veinot, president of Midwest Christian Outreach, … Continue reading

Harold Camping’s Heretical Hermeneutic

(Originally printed in the Spring 2011 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Harold Camping has predicted the end of the world again. One might have thought that after his failed prediction in 1994, the famed Family Radio pontiff would have learned to restrain his prophetic license. Unfortunately, Camping has grown all the more emboldened in his apocalyptic authority and has kindly given us less than five months to prepare for the rap­ture. Camping’s latest prediction for … Continue reading

Missionaries to America – Deux

(Originally printed in the Spring 2011 Issue of the MCOI Journal) This is a paper that tries to identify the unity between the Old Testament and the New Testament regard¬ing God’s desire to reveal Himself to ALL people, i.e. evangelism. We recognize the Great Commission in the New Testament to reveal God to all people. Often, however, we think that this call was not part of Israel’s purpose in the Old Testament. This is not … Continue reading