The Emergent Church: Emerging from What?

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 10) By Peter Simpson What should the relationship be between the church and culture? How should the constancy of the church adapt to the fluidity of culture? The church must find some way to communicate God’s message within the cultural contexts in which it finds itself. These concerns provide impetus for thought-provoking conversation in today’s church. The emergent church claims many … Continue reading

Occultism in the Church? (Part 1)

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 6) John David Ferrer Part 1 in a 2-Part Look at Occultic-like Practices Within The Church and Modern Christianity “What’s wrong?” “I can’t let go of it, man.” “Let go of what?” “The occult, man. It won’t let go of me.” The conversation went from dark to black. My friend was talking with me on the phone about his struggle with … Continue reading

Deadly Cult Stories in the News

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) It was one of those “What-is-this-world-coming-to?” news days. A man walked into a church with a gun and blasted away, killing seven people, including the pastor of the church and his son, while critically wounding the pastor’s wife. The shooter was identified as Terry Ratzmann, a member of the Living Church of God (LCOG) in suburban Milwaukee, WI. He was not a Satanist or … Continue reading

Crowded Out?

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal on pg 15) Many are aware that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) teaches a two-class system: One is the 144,000 who will be in heaven, and the other is the “Great Crowd” who will never see heaven but hope to live forever on earth. What can we discover about this by asking questions from the Scriptures themselves? To be as fair … Continue reading

The Road to Defend Inerrancy is Not Paved With Good Intentions

(Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page8) INTRODUCTION The Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) was formed for a single purpose—to defend the inerrancy of the Bible. It appears that postmodernism has defanged the ETS as it is unable to respond to warning cries of some of its remaining charter members and others against the hermeneutics and interpretations of neotheists1 John Sanders and Clark Pinnock. The postmodern mind must have … Continue reading

Contemplating Contemplative Prayer: Is It Really Prayer?

(Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) “God’s first language is silence.”1 “Progress in intimacy with God means progress toward silence.”2 “The important thing is that we are relaxed and our back is straight so that the vitalizing energies can flow freely.”3 Contemplation is “a pure and a virginal knowledge, poor in concepts, poorer still in reasoning, but able, by its very poverty and purity, to follow … Continue reading