Beware the Rumor Weed

(This originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal) Don’t you just love the VeggieTales videos? They communicate deep truths to children in a way that is both comical and easy to understand. One of our favorites is Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed. In the story, Larry-Boy, the large superhero cucumber, tries to save the town from a giant Rumor Weed. The Rumor Weed was sown by a small “little white lie” … Continue reading

Truth-like Substance (Screwtape Letters Part 2)

In the first two letters, Lewis plants in Screwtape’s correspondence some philosophy and some ecclesiology.The philosophy is about the precariousness uses of argument. Screwtape dissuades Wormwood from using reason at all to corrupt his patient. “The trouble about argument is that it moves the whole struggle on to the Enemy’s own ground. He can argue too;” Oh yes he can. And so can his strongest saints. Witness all the times in the book of Acts, … Continue reading

Hey… Where Did The Devil Go?

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 14 ) After years of screaming at the Devil, standing in faith, and seeking deliverance through God’s anointed leaders, when I stopped fighting, I finally found some peace. Since I have ceased my daily hyper-prayer routine and picked up my Bible, I have found what I was missing all along. When I abandoned my efforts to defeat the Devil through spiritual … Continue reading

Cure All Bondages

(This originally appeared in the Summer 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) One only has to glance at (he shelves of the local Christian bookstore to surmise that the topic of spiritual warfare is a hot one. It seems many authors are expounding on the best way for Christians to gain victory over sin and Satan. One such writer is Neil T. Anderson, former Professor of Practical Theology at Talbot Seminary, … Continue reading