Minimizing God

Could it be that many who like to claim Christianity as their faith can only do so by minimizing God? In Christianity& Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen, Machen spends a fair amount of time addressing how liberal theologians in his day, who were “in search of the historical Jesus,” claimed to believe that Jesus is God – but only after they had refashioned Jesus to look more or less like themselves. He makes an intriguing … Continue reading

Institutional Back Sliding: The Slippery Slope

(This originally appeared in the Spring 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) by Pastor Keith Graham The English language has a fine old family of words. One venerable member is “liberality.” The word is synonymous with generosity and big-heartedness. It should bring to our minds those character traits which are the opposite of stinginess, mean spiritedness, and pettiness. Another word sharing the august etymology of liberality is “liberate” – to set … Continue reading


Be Radically Ordinary for Christ

radicalWhy do we buy books like Radical? I believe the reason is that we secretly seek significance and we feel we should be doing way more than we are. We feel that to be “radical” for Christ means we have to sell all we have and move to the desert. We at times struggle guilt that tells us we’re on Gods JV team when we really want to be on the varsity squad. Is there Continue reading

Obama, ISIS, Christianity, Comment and Question

Conservatives and Evangelicals nearly lost their minds when, on February 5 at the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama drew a moral equivalency between the ISIS beheadings and burnings of those ISIS captures with the Crusades, Inquisition, Jim Crow laws, etc. Hmmm. On the same day we had a response to our blog Is ISIS Islamic? which opined: Is your site always full of mindless drivel or just on days that end in “y”? The problem … Continue reading

What is Wrong and What is the Solution?

Today I want to revisit N.T. Wright’s four questions that serve as boundary markers for the Christian worldview. Here’s what I wrote in my last post Who and Where We Are: In Wright’s New Testament and the People of God, Tom (that’s what his friends call him and we are friends–well, I’m one of his 5,000 or so Facebook friends.) presents a series of questions that are intended to to showcase the dramatically different worldview of Christians … Continue reading

Who and Where We Are

Greetings from the middle of America, dear reader, where we have been visited once again by tiny aliens from the sky. They come in pieces and they have the power to cause humans to drive horribly and buy lots of bread and milk. This time they brought what must undoubtedly be the bulk of their population as my house is currently surrounded by their expeditionary force piling up 10 inches in my yard. I have … Continue reading