A Worldview in Conflict

Looking at James Redfield’s Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight (This originally appeared in the Spring 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) By Sarah Flashing Just imagine . . . You are Indiana Jones on an adventure seeking to discover a lost civilization. On part of the journey, you run through a cave that leads to an exciting, mythical world. Well into the excursion, you race through corridors … Continue reading

The Birds and the Bees with Diversities

I’m being pressured by someone to do something I’m not sure I’m ready to do. Don’t get me wrong, I want to do it because I love the person and I want to show them that I love them very much. It’s just that it’s a big decision and I don’t know if I can do it. I’m talking about the birds and the bees. Specifically I’m talking about having “that” conversation with my eight … Continue reading

An Enduring Monument to Pagan Origins

(This originally appeared in the Fall 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) We are heading into the Christmas season again, and you know what that means, some Jehovah’s Witness (JW) is certain to show up on your doorstep and hand you a Watchtower or Awake! magazine,* scolding “Christendom” — that’s you, Bub — for celebrating Christmas despite the fact the holiday has “pagan origins.” Before being guilted into giving up this most glorious season of … Continue reading

Do All Roads Lead to God?

“All roads lead to God” was the prevailing idea and guiding principle at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions (October 15-19, 2015) in Salt Lake City, UT. One of the first things an attendee saw when they arrived to register was a Jain Temple built in the entry hall of the Salt Palace Convention Center, oftentimes complete with Jains performing their worship rituals. The Jains also had a booth in the exhibition hall and … Continue reading

Invoking the Power of “Mom”

Often when Christian’s talk with those of a different belief system or worldview, they have the idea that by simply presenting the facts and evidence for the Christian worldview, the person will “see” the truth, and embrace it. It is of course, very important to be ready and able to present the facts and evidence that underpin Christianity, but there are other important considerations that we may not be aware of. Sometimes the different definitions … Continue reading

An Examination and Evaluation of the Brownsville Revival

Jeffrey M. Spencer (This originally appeared in the Spring 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) beginning on page 8) INTRODUCTION The “Brownsville Revival” began at the Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida on Father’s Day (June 18, 1995) under the direction of Pastor John Kilpatrick and visiting Evangelist St eve Hill. From the very start, this movement has been overflowing with bizarre manifestations and uncontrollable behavior such as laughing, shaking, barking, roaring, and temporary … Continue reading