Was Jesus a Guru, a Lama, or Lord? Part 1

We survived another Christmas. It is fascinating that as that season rolls around there is usually a great push to be politically correct. “Merry Christmas” is replaced with “happy holidays”. Mangers are replaced with the new and improved reindeer sleigh display. Everywhere people don’t want to be offensive. It is usually in this atmosphere we will get some program or newspaper article that tells us what “really” happened at Jesus’ birth. On Christmas CNN ran … 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

Sola Scriptura: Modern Misconceptions of Luther’s Intentions

(This originally appeared in the Winter 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) by Steve Berg In a recent debate between two apologists (a Catholic and a Protestant) over the issue of sola scriptura,* the Catholic defender, Gerry Matatics, argued that Luther invented the concept of sola scriptura in the early 16th century. He claimed Protestants today are holding to a doctrine that, by its very nature, is self-refuting and even unscriptural. … Continue reading

Bill Gothard ’s Evangelical Talmud, Part 3: Gothard and the Law

 (This originally appeared in the July/August 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) In Parts 1 and 2, we assessed some of the teachings of Bill Gothard and his Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) through a chronological approach. While we wish to maintain that basic perspective in this series, this article covers such a vast and pervasive topic in Gothard’s ministry that it will depart from the chronological format. To evaluate … Continue reading

Somebody Blew Up Alderaan! Now What?

By now, you’ve been inundated with stories and celebrations, celebrations and commiserations. In fact you may be feeling a bit like this: If you are a Conservative Evangelical then you’ve been seeing a lot of commiserating along with, I’m sure, a fair bit of anger and no doubt many dire predictions about the future. In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy there was a planet called Ursa Minor Beta where the titular guide was published. … Continue reading

Bill Gothard – Truly Repentant?

The Internet was again all abuzz when A Statement from Bill Gothard Is Bill repentant or is he just embarrassed that he has been publicly exposed? Obviously I cannot know his heart but over the last 17 years I have been able to observe how Bill does things. In the sex scandal of the early 1980s he was able to divert nearly all attention to the behavior of his brother Steve. Did that leave him … Continue reading