When Gothard Comes to Church

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 4) By Keith Gibson The ministry of Bill Gothard has unquestionably affected the lives of millions of people. The teachings of his Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP) influence the daily decisions in thousands of homes across America, making him one of the most significant religious leaders of this era. Many of his followers give glowing testimonies of changed lives … Continue reading

Friendship with a Marshmallow God: Looking at Friendship with God by Neale Donald Walsch

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 6) By Marcia Montenegro Continuing his string of bestsellers after Conversations with God: Books 1,2, and 3, author Neale Donald Walsch has coauthored another book with “God”: Friendship with God. As shown in a previous article for the MCO Journal on Conversations with God, Book 1, there is no reason to assume Walsch is actually transmitting messages from God, although … Continue reading

A Big Plan for a Small Planet: The Humbug Manifesto 2000

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal) By Sarah Flashing & Joy A. Veinot Many people faced the new Millennium with a sense of dread and apprehension. What would happen to the world in our new century? War? Famine? Economic collapse? Armageddon? We have now survived Y2K, so perhaps millennial fever will cool down for a time. Perhaps the rosy optimists will have the upper hand for a time—at … Continue reading