The Road Away from Him

Are Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, who are pushing the Enneagram craze among Christians, truly providing a map to The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery? Or, should we more accurately call their self-discovery manual “The Road Away from Him?” This is an important question. Are the Scriptures really all about you and me – or are they all about God? And, at a core level, is there really any difference … Continue reading

Thomas Merton: The Contemplative Dark Thread

(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 8) Twenty-some years ago, my sister Janet and I signed up for a field trip sponsored by the Crystal Cathedral to a Vedanta monastery in the nearby Saddleback Mountains. At that time, we were working together on a discernment newsletter called The New Age Alert and attended as part of our research. The field trip was being promoted as an educational adventure to … Continue reading

The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You

In the fall of 2017 Professor Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the United States Circuit Court. In the Senate confirmation hearings, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein offered a rather Star Wars-esque comment concerning Barrett’s faith, saying, “The dogma lives loudly within you.” Feinstein did not call the Notre Dame law professor’s qualifications into question, but rather the strength of her commitment to her Roman Catholic faith, which, it seemed to Feinstein, spills over into and … Continue reading

Sparks through Stubble

The just shall shine, and shall run to and fro like sparks among the reeds. They shall judge nations, and rule over people, and their Lord shall reign for ever. (Wisdom of Solomon 3:7-8) You may be asking yourself, “Cool verse. But what is the Wisdom of Solomon?  I thought it was the Song of Solomon.” Well the Wisdom of Solomon is a book that was heavily quoted during the years Jesus was on the … Continue reading

Sola Scriptura: Modern Misconceptions of Luther’s Intentions

(This originally appeared in the Winter 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) by Steve Berg In a recent debate between two apologists (a Catholic and a Protestant) over the issue of sola scriptura,* the Catholic defender, Gerry Matatics, argued that Luther invented the concept of sola scriptura in the early 16th century. He claimed Protestants today are holding to a doctrine that, by its very nature, is self-refuting and even unscriptural. … Continue reading

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality or Something else?

(Originally printed in the Spring 2010 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 6) The entire world seems to be turning away from using rational understanding toward a reliance on mystical means as a basis for life.1 Is the Emergent Church hyphenated or regurgitated? It all depends on whom you ask. I believe readers are astute enough to be able to discern that, and they will when they look at this analysis of a recent book. … Continue reading