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

Orientation

 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 http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orientation ↩ … Continue reading

An Invitation to Disaster

He sang in our church’s choir. His wife was part of our musical accompaniment. Week after week they helped lead our Sunday morning worship, and week after week they participated in the small group Bible study we held in our home. They were solid, mature Christians. They listened to all the right Christian teachers. They read all the right Christian books. They said all the right things. Until that one evening… I don’t remember how … Continue reading

The Smith System

The spiritual life and “spiritual disciplines” seem somehow, disconnected from “real life” to many if not most Christians. That is likely as true with the Old Testament people of God as it is today. If so, and I think it is, that would explain why God uses so many every day life examples to communicate spiritual truth. I was again reminded of the importance of making spiritual truths understandable to the average person as I … Continue reading