Reading Romans

Something always bugged me about Paul’s letter to the Romans. Growing up in the atmosphere of Evangelical churches, principally Baptist, I absorbed the accepted narrative of what was going on in Romans. Paul wrote a letter to the house churches in Rome. It is Paul’s “Theological letter” meaning it is this treatise on the Gospel, meaning how to get saved. Sure, Paul always has some practical application for believers signaled by the transition in 12:1 … 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


Intimidation comes at us on a variety of fronts and sometimes in subtle ways. It might come from the political arena or religious groups. Sometimes it is family or work associates. In some cases intimidation can be a good thing but is most it can be destructive and is used to manipulate. “Where can it be good?” you might wonder. During the Cold War era the U.S. and Russia instituted MAD or Mutually Assured Destruction. … Continue reading

One Thousand Gifts – A Commentary

(Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2013 MCOI Journal. This is a commentary 1) “It is I Who made the earth, and created man upon it. I stretched out the heavens with My hands and I ordained all their host.” Isaiah 45:12 2 There are many good things about One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. The story of how she learned to be grateful to the Lord in all things (Phil. 4:6; Col. 3:17; 1 Thess. … Continue reading

Against All Gods: What’s Right and Wrong About the New Atheism

(Originally printed in the Fall 2010 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) By Phillip E. Johnson and John Mark Reynolds IVP Books, Downers Grove, Illinois, ©2010, 118 pages, $15.00 Review by G. Richard Fisher Phillip Johnson is a leading spokesman and apologist for the Intelligent Design movement, and John Reynolds is a PhD and author of Three Views on Creation and Evolution. They have teamed up in this cutting-edge new book. Books … Continue reading

The Popular Dictionary of Bible Prophecy

(Originally printed in the Fall 2010 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12) By Ron Rhodes Harvest House, Eugene Oregon, ©2010, 340 pages, $14.99 Review by G. Richard Fisher Ron Rhodes is incredibly prolific and his book, The Popu­lar Dictionary of Bible Prophecy, is a fantastic resource book. Where else can I get over 350 terms and concepts regarding Bi­ble prophecy defined and explained? Would it take a year attend­ing seminary? Not really. … Continue reading