Barack and the Borg

(Originally printed in the Fall 2009 Issue of the MCOI Journal) A Historic Election The 56th Presidential Election on November 4, 2008 wit­nessed the first time in our history an African-American was chosen to occupy the office of President of the United States of America. For many, this looked like a demonstration that we are a post-racial nation. Are we though? Actually, we would sub­mit that most of us passed into post-racialism a long time … Continue reading

A Comparison of the New Age Movement and Christian Theology

(Originally printed in the Fall 2009 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Writing a comparison of the New Age Movement (NAM) and Christian theology is challenging, since NAM is so nebulous and diverse. NAM’s roots go as far back as the Garden of Eden, with the old lie, “… you will be like God …” (Gen 3:5 1 ), and it has borrowed from many other philosophies and religions throughout the years—Transcendentalism, Spiri­tualism, New Thought/Mind Science, … Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Your Adventist Neighbors

by Colleen Tinker (Originally printed in the Fall 2009 MCOI Journal) I frequently hear the comments: “Adventists today are changing.” “They’re such nice people, and they’re so sincere!” “I did my residency at an Adventist hospital; they believe what I believe except they go to church on Saturday.” “They have a great ‘health message!’” Perhaps the most disturbing comment, however, is: “Why did you leave?” This question usually is asked with a hint of judgment—a … Continue reading

Barack and the Borg

(Originally printed in the Fall 2009 Issue of the MCOI Journal) A Historic Election The 56th Presidential Election on November 4, 2008 wit­nessed the first time in our history an African-American was chosen to occupy the office of President of the United States of America. For many, this looked like a demonstration that we are a post-racial nation. Are we though? Actually, we would sub­mit that most of us passed into post-racialism a long time … Continue reading