Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom

Writing to the Colossians in the First Century, the Apostle Paul warned about certain spiritual disciplines that had “the appearance of wisdom” (Colossians. 2:23) but, in fact, conflicted with sound biblical teaching and were very harmful to the Christian life. False teachers were in this case Gnostics, who crept into the church and claimed special “spiritual knowledge.” They gained influence in the church because what they were teaching felt “right” and “good” and oh so … Continue reading

The Goose Chase Brian McLaren Finds Himself In

I had a call last week from one of our supporters, wondering if I knew that Brian McLaren, Emerging Church leader and writer, is involved with the Wild Goose Festival. For these who do not know, the Wild Goose Festival is a gathering of the fallen away, eager to share and celebrate their apostasy with others eager to applaud them for having the courage to slap the face of God. I don’t follow the festival … Continue reading

Worldview Boutique

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Though I no longer consider myself a Christian, I’m still keeping a space for God in my heart. I didn’t lose my religion. Instead, I’m creating my own. I don’t believe that we humans can live and function happily without any belief or faith in something outside of the physical world we live in. 1 These words from Keay Nigel near the end … Continue reading

Some Concerns about John C. Maxwell

(Originally printed in the Fall 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) Richard G. Howe INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS There are certainly many resources available to the Christian community pertaining to the various aspects of building the Kingdom of God. I do not believe it is necessary that we agree one hundred percent with everything a particular resource has to say. It may very well be that we not only have to pick and … Continue reading

Ignorance of the Infinite: Pagans, Logic and God

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) I have great hopes that we shall learn in due time how to emotionalize and mythologize their science to such an extent that what is, in effect, a belief in us (though not under that name) will creep in while the human mind remains closed to belief in the Enemy. The “Life Force,” the worship of sex, and some … Continue reading

The Discipline of Delusion

Joy and I met with a young couple recently in our home. They are dating and considering marriage, but there is an essential issue that needs to be addressed. One of them was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and the other was raised as a Baptist. The essentials of their worldview – the nature of God, the nature of man, the nature of salvation and the nature of the resurrection – are in stark opposition … Continue reading