RINO: Resurrection in Name Only

Most of us celebrated the resurrection of our Lord this past Sunday. For many, the significance of the celebration gets lost in the now predominant popular “add-ons,” such as Easter eggs, bunny rabbits, and the like. The awe and wonder of the historical event and its centrality to the gospel has been downgraded, and all too often, discarded by the mainstream culture. Sure, there is a general nod to the reason for the day, but … Continue reading

Risen shines with Creativity and Truth

Risen starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love)  and directed by Kevin Reynolds (Red Dawn, Waterworld) is something rare in the rarefied air of Hollywood. A biblical film that has both style and truth. The screenplay was written by Paul Aiello. It’s his first movie script that has made it to the big screen. I know next to nothing about him but I hope he keeps making movie scripts. It really is a good movie. The … Continue reading

Messengers of Deceit

(This originally appeared in the Winter 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) by Sarah Flashing Angels have spoken. Well, supposedly. Nick Bunick, subject of the 1996 book The Messengers, claims to have received messages from angels encouraging him to reveal the transcripts from his past-life, regression-therapy sessions. How did they encourage him? Did they stop by and have coffee? No, they used a sort of numerology by sending messages through … Continue reading

An Invitation to Disaster

He sang in our church’s choir. His wife was part of our musical accompaniment. Week after week they helped lead our Sunday morning worship, and week after week they participated in the small group Bible study we held in our home. They were solid, mature Christians. They listened to all the right Christian teachers. They read all the right Christian books. They said all the right things. Until that one evening… I don’t remember how … Continue reading

The Resurrection Probability

The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus will take place for many this Sunday. For most people these days, it is more-or-less a cultural event. I don’t necessarily mean they deny that the resurrection happened, but that they believe it based on their family and church affiliations, rather than as a result of their own serious consideration of the issue. Sometimes those who do contemplate and ask the hard questions are simply told to accept … Continue reading

The Christmas Image

This week’s Crux posts the day most Christians celebrate the anniversary of the incarnation. As I thought about what to write it occurred to me to take the easy way out and either skip posting this week or repost The Gift, an article Joy wrote in 1996 for the Journal (we posted it in the Crux in 2012). There is of course, the typical wrangling as to the meaning of the day and the holiday. … Continue reading