Sacrificial Love

(This originally appeared in the March/April 1997 edition of the MCOI Journal) I was raised in a Christian home but, in my teens and early twenties, I became very skeptical of Christian claims, the good book, and especially of God Himself. Looking back, I cannot say I really doubted the existence of God, although I think I made that claim. No, as I reflect on it, I did believe that He was there, but I … Continue reading

Royal Pains

Most people don’t know that when our founding fathers were fighting over what kind of government we should have (during the last days of the Articles of Confederation or during the long hot summer of the Constitutional congress, accounts vary) that a few leaders quietly wrote to Prince Henry of Prussia and asked if he would be interested in becoming King of America. Henry declined. After all, look how they treated their last king. There … Continue reading

The Church in Crisis

by Don & Joy Veinot & Ron Henzel (Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 1) In a world awash in new religious movements—or what could properly be termed the “repaganization” of the world—Russell D. Moore raises a very important question regarding the future of the Church: …the questions over evangelical identity are not ultimately about turf wars over publishing houses or academic guilds. They are about one … Continue reading

Why God Holds Pastors Responsible

(This originally appeared in the Fall 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) —from the book “Beware: The New Prophets” A Caution Concerning the Modem Prophetic Movement— By Pastor Bill Randles A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? —Jeremiah 5:30-31 … Continue reading

I Want to Be a Toy

I think I may have found an interesting and unwitting theological analogy in Toy Story: The Land that Time Forgot. I’m sure everyone is familiar with toy story. You may have missed this 30 minute holiday special. The plot revolves around a play date. Bonnie, the little girl that inherited Andy’s toys after he went off to college, are transported to a friends house with Bonnie. It must be just after Christmas. Her friend does … Continue reading


 1 a :  the act or process of orienting or of being oriented b : the state of being oriented; broadly :  arrangement, alignment 2 a : a usually general or lasting direction of thought, inclination, or interest b :a person’s self-identification as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual (sexual orientation)1 This word “orientation” has a lot of different connotations in our society. People want to know what your political orientation is. Are you left ↩ … Continue reading