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

Sparks through Stubble

The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. (Wisdom of Solomon 3:7-8) You may be asking yourself, “Cool verse. But what is the Wisdom of Solomon?  I thought it was the Song of Solomon.” Well the Wisdom of Solomon is a book that was heavily quoted during the years Jesus was on the … Continue reading

Preventing LIE-Ability

“A text without a context is a pretext.” This is something we learned very early on after becoming Christians. This applies to any literature – a novel, a newspaper, the Constitution and yes, certainly the Bible. A text is whatever it is we are reading. Context includes such questions as when the text was written? To whom was it written? Who wrote it or whose words were recorded in the document? How would the reader … Continue reading

The Jabez Formula

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 16) Bruce Wilkinson is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He founded Walk Thru the Bible Ministries in 1976. His ministry now conducts some 2,500 conferences each year to assist students in their understanding of Scripture.1His ministry has undoubtedly helped many in their understanding of the Bible. His recent book, The Prayer of Jabez,2 has sold over seven-million copies.3 There … Continue reading

Was Jesus a Guru, a Lama, or Lord? Part 5

Does God exist? This is one of the most fundamental questions to a worldview. Either He does or He doesn’t. Logic dictates that both cannot be right. This is the final discrepancy we shall look at between the Buddha and Jesus. We have seen thus far the claims made by Mr. James Hanson that Jesus was a Buddhist do not carry weight. The Gospels have shown Jesus grew up in Nazareth. A cursory discussion of … Continue reading