A Christmas Gift

What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in ’em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will,” said Scrooge indignantly, “every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, … Continue reading

The Gift

(Originally printed “The Gift” In the November/December 1996 MCOI Journal) What is it about Christmas that draws us every year to celebrations of this holiday? What is so special about Christmas? Christmas is a special time because of the happiness it brings. It’s a time of giving and receiving, a family time, a time when we feel especially close to friends and loved ones. It is a time of happy reminiscing; remembering the carefree happy … Continue reading

Andy Stanley and The Sound of Music

All I trust I leave my heart to, All I trust becomes my own! I have confidence in confidence alone. I have confidence in confidence alone! Besides, which you see, I have confidence in me! 1 I met Dani on my first trip to Israel in 1997. She was seated next to me on the plane, and as I recall, reading some New Age type of book. I overcame my normal shy, retiring self and … Continue reading

Andy Stanley and the Bible

There has lately been a considerable amount of buzz over some controversial statements that Andy Stanley has made. For those who are unaware, Andy Stanley, son and ministry “heir” of Charles Stanley, is the pastor of Northpoint Church in Atlanta, Georgia. John Haller, of Fellowship Bible Chapel, in his Prophecy Update YouTube titled, “The Foolishness of God”, addresses some very serious concerns about things which Stanley has himself stated, and groups/movements he is associated with. … Continue reading

Should You Believe in the Watchtower or Is Jesus Christ Almighty God?

(Originally printed in the Fall 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Should you believe in the Trinity? This is the question raised by the widely circulated, 1989 booklet published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS)*, appropriately titled Should You Believe in the Trinity?and subtitled Is Jesus Christ the Almighty God?1 Well, should we believe in the Trinity? Is Jesus Christ Almighty God? It seems more popular than ever to deny the closely related … Continue reading

Does God Agree that Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

The question of the day is, “Do Christians and Muslims believe in and worship the same God?” There has been a veritable firestorm of debate amongst Evangelicals after Dr. Larycia Hawkins of Wheaton College claimed that we do. “Wheaton College Moves To Fire Professor For Saying Muslims And Christians ‘Worship The Same God’” the debate surrounding Wheaton College to national prominence and conversation, as popular media outlets such as the Huff Post and CNN weighed … Continue reading