The Emergent Church: Emerging from What?

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 10) By Peter Simpson What should the relationship be between the church and culture? How should the constancy of the church adapt to the fluidity of culture? The church must find some way to communicate God’s message within the cultural contexts in which it finds itself. These concerns provide impetus for thought-provoking conversation in today’s church. The emergent church claims many … Continue reading

Occultism in the Church? (Part 1)

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 6) John David Ferrer Part 1 in a 2-Part Look at Occultic-like Practices Within The Church and Modern Christianity “What’s wrong?” “I can’t let go of it, man.” “Let go of what?” “The occult, man. It won’t let go of me.” The conversation went from dark to black. My friend was talking with me on the phone about his struggle with … Continue reading

We Need a Little Christmas

For I’ve grown a little leaner, Grown a little colder, Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older, And I need a little angel, Sitting on my shoulder, Need a little Christmas now (“We Need a Little Christmas 1) Here we are in the final days before celebration of the incarnation. Our outside Christmas lights have been on each night at sundown since Thanksgiving evening. Just about every room inside the house has been dressed … Continue reading

Deadly Cult Stories in the News

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) It was one of those “What-is-this-world-coming-to?” news days. A man walked into a church with a gun and blasted away, killing seven people, including the pastor of the church and his son, while critically wounding the pastor’s wife. The shooter was identified as Terry Ratzmann, a member of the Living Church of God (LCOG) in suburban Milwaukee, WI. He was not a Satanist or … Continue reading

Crowded Out?

(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal on pg 15) Many are aware that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) teaches a two-class system: One is the 144,000 who will be in heaven, and the other is the “Great Crowd” who will never see heaven but hope to live forever on earth. What can we discover about this by asking questions from the Scriptures themselves? To be as fair … Continue reading

Tu Quoque

Tu quoque. The term sounds like a special ballet move or what a Shakespearean character might say before he dies. In Latin it means, “You too.” Rumor has it that Julius Caesar said, “Tu quoque mi fili” (You too, my son) rather than the question “Et tu Brute?” as Shakespeare has it. If true, Caesar wasn’t surprised at Brutus’ betrayal, he was uttering a prophecy. Caesar might have quoted the beginning of a Greek proverb, … Continue reading