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

Minimizing God

Could it be that many who like to claim Christianity as their faith can only do so by minimizing God? In Christianity& Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen, Machen spends a fair amount of time addressing how liberal theologians in his day, who were “in search of the historical Jesus,” claimed to believe that Jesus is God – but only after they had refashioned Jesus to look more or less like themselves. He makes an intriguing … Continue reading

When you’re rich…

“When you’re rich, they think you really know!” is one of our favorite lines from one of our favorite songs from one of our favorite films, Fiddler on the Roof. It comes at the end of a stanza in “If I were a Rich Man,” a daydream that nearly everyone has had at one time other another, where he describes how others would treat him if he were a man of means: … Continue reading

Word Faith Teachers Deny Self-Denial

It seems obvious that Word Faith celebrities have created their own personal Jesus. With their egregious teachings and extravagant lifestyles, they, like the Mormons, Socialists, JWs and many others, have formulated their own acquiescent Jesus. No doubt they should be added to our “Designer Jesus Collection.” Certainly they have Bibles and claim to speak with biblical authority, but are these Bibles any more than props to authenticate their ministries to their Christian “target audience”? Do … Continue reading

Friends

Once a month, our good friend Penny comes and spends a night with us. There is nothing like time spent with a true friend to lift and strengthen the spirit. Penny has been our friend for 50 years this year, so we have a real shared history. Penny and her fiancé stood up in our wedding, and a year later we switched roles and stood up in theirs. We had our kids, who grew up … Continue reading

Stranger Danger

(Originally printed in the Summer 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) When our children started school, we were introduced to the “Stranger Danger” program. With a growing concern about strangers abducting school children, we, along with most other parents, spent time talking with our kids about Stranger Danger. “Don’t talk to strangers.” “Walk in a group.” “Never get into a stranger’s car, or go anywhere with him—even if he says he knows your parents … Continue reading