Finding the Gospel in Adventist Publications

By Roger DeLozier (Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12) Ellen White in her book Steps to Christ said “But Christ has made a way of escape for us. He lived on earth amid trials and temptations such as we have to meet. He lived a sinless life. He died for us, and now He offers to take our sins and give us His righteousness. If you … Continue reading

Don’t Talk to Strangers: Examining Conversations with God for Teens

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8) God is a pool of energy; there is no certain age or time for sexual initiation; there is no right or wrong, our main purpose is to remember we are actually God; and after death, we will lose our individual distinctions in The Oneness, but then become individualized and be born again, a cycle to repeat for eternity. If one … Continue reading

Conversation with a New Ager

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2013 MCOI Journal) This is a succinct retelling of a conversation betwixt me and an adherent of a New-Age worldview. When it comes to evangelization, apologetics, polemics or into whichever field your ministry takes you, you ought to be confident in standing on the truth of YHVH’s Word—the Bible—and His Holy Spirit. As it has been stated elsewhere: Know what you believe, and why you believe it. It is of … Continue reading

Walking in their World

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2013 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Some years ago, a youth pastor from a nearby community called me. He was concerned about a large group of Vampires who gathered regularly in his town’s park. He thought, perhaps, there were 300, and some people from the churches would show up with bull horns to announce loudly that the Vampires needed to repent. It didn’t seem to be working. I have to … Continue reading

One Thousand Gifts – A Commentary

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2013 MCOI Journal. This is a commentary 1) “It is I Who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands and I ordained all their host.” Isaiah 45:12 2 There are many good things about One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. The story of how she learned to be grateful to the Lord in all things (Phil. 4:6; Col. 3:17; 1 Thess. … Continue reading

Capital Punishment: Only for the Innocent

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2013 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) In June of 2012, The Huffington Post had the bold headline: “Belief in Hell Lowers Crime Rate, According to International Study.”1 The study, appearing in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS ONE, found that criminal activity is lower in societies where people’s religious beliefs contain a strong punitive component than in places where religious beliefs are more benevolent. A country where many … Continue reading