But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 18:36

Watch Your Language!

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When we were children back in the stone age, it was not uncommon to hear a parent say, “Watch your language!” It was sometimes punctuated with “young man” or “young lady.” Our language reflected the cultural values of the time. Certain communications were...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 15:26

“The Things You Know That Ain’t So”

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Several of us recently spent a day at a New Age Fair in Ohio talking with various exhibitors. Again, as was true at the last New Age fair we recently attended, in nearly every conversation the claim was made that reincarnation was in the Bible but was taken out by evil monks in the sixth century....

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 15:32

The Road Away from Him

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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...

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019 20:40

Angels Unawares

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I will review demons, Nephilim, and giants in a future article. I expand on these in several books I have written.1 These posts will be succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations. There are certain things “we all know” about Angels: They are spirit beings, sort of...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 15:07

Jesus is Lord

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Mormons, some New Agers and other non-Christian groups would cheerfully say, “Jesus is Lord” if they are put on the spot to do so. This becomes puzzling to some in light of Paul’s words to the church in Corinth. He wrote: Therefore,...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:06

In the Beginning – Heresy

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Many seem surprised at how easily and quickly blatant false teaching is spreading today throughout the Evangelical church. But in fact, what we are seeing is not something new – heresy and deception have been with us since the beginning. The first deception is that of Satan himself, and that...

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Wednesday, 07 August 2019 15:58

Fraternity Over Orthodoxy

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After I spoke at a church this past weekend, I was asked, “How is it that so many celebrity preachers, celebrity Christian authors, and celebrity pastors take the stage with known (and popular) false teachers?” There are, of course, many possible reasons. It could be they seek to...

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The story is told of a young pastor who developed a series of talks titled, “The Ten Commandments of Child Raising,” which was a big hit – making him a much sought after speaker. By and by he and his wife had children of their own, and after a while he retitled the series to...

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 15:33

The How and Why Questions of Life

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We all know how often the “how and why questions” are utilized by human beings, and we all know that often they either cannot or will not be answered to our complete satisfaction. A mother walks into her young child’s bedroom – which is a disaster area – and asks,...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 15:19

Freedom and Obligation

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The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Galatia to address some very important issues which they had forgotten – Christian freedom chief among them. Along with that, he also laid out some obligations of the Christian life. As I considered the celebration of the birth of our nation and our...

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 15:07

My Friend

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Last Monday, July 1, 2019, my friend, Dr. Norman L. Geisler, went to be with the Lord. That day, another friend, Dr. Bill Roach, posted his tribute, “I am put here for the defense of the gospel”—The Legacy of Dr. Norman L. Geisler, which was the first of many. Bill shares the...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 15:09

Nothing Like a Storm

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The man who has been called the greatest living Christian apologist has gone home to his great reward. I had the privilege of being Norman Geisler’s student from 1995-2006. I took only two classes from him but I attended numerous chapels and conferences. I was one of the many students to be...

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 15:45

Minimizing God

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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,”...

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Sometimes when I speak in churches on the deity of Christ, I ask the congregation how many believe that Jesus is God? Most raise their hands. When I ask how many believe they could defend that claim, only a few would raise their hands. Then I’d pick someone with their hand in the air and ask...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 17:38

How to Pray for a President

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I think David Platt did just fine when President Trump showed up at McClean Bible Church and sat through the service. Platt brought him on stage and prayed for him. He showed us to the proper way to engage in prayer with our political leaders. I’ll get to how not to do it in a minute. On MBC...

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 15:06

The Appeal to Signs and Wonders

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In the public debate over the orthodox vs heretical nature of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation), the appeal to signs and wonders as evidence by those fully invested in the movement is a recurring theme. Detractors spend a great deal of time attempting to prove the claims of miracles, signs and...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 15:06

Is Liberalism Another Religion?

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In his 1923 book Christianity & Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen asserts that liberalism is another religion unto itself, far removed from the biblical Christianity out of which it came. We think he makes some good points. In Chapter Two of his book, he takes the liberalism (of his day) to task...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:39

Thomas Merton: The Contemplative Dark Thread

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(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...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 02:51

Who Raised Jesus From the Dead?

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 5) Compiled by Corkey McGehee (All Scripture quotations are from the WTBTS New World Translation of the Bible.) When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his dis­ciples called to mind that he used to say this, and they...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 15:37

They Were My Friends

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When someone leaves a cult or spiritually abusive religious group, it often means they will be abandoned by everyone who was their friend when they were inside the group. This practice is called shunning, and cult members take very seriously their spiritual “duty” to shun former friends...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 15:47

Mother’s Prayers

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When I was younger one of the main targets of comedians was their mothers-in-law. Down through the years I have poked fun at my own mother-in-law from time to time. Like most of us – OK, ALL of us – she could sometimes be a walking contradiction as she walked by faith in a physical and...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 15:11

Blind Spots

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Recently I sat down at lunch with a church leader. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The elders (deacons for your Baptists) were having trouble agreeing on a vision for their church. The pastor was trying to lead them in one direction and  some elder says in so many words the most...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 18:39

Life’s Questions in Rock and Roll

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As weird as it may seem, life’s ultimate questions are often posed in rock-and-roll lyrics. Consider, for example, the 1969 hit, “And When I Die,” by the band, Blood, Sweat and Tears. Like so many other poets, story-tellers, and just average human beings have questioned,...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:10

Palm Sunday and The Great Disappointment

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The 50,000 followers of William Miller were terribly dismayed when Jesus did not return bodily to earth in March of 1844, as Miller had predicted would happen. When Jesus did not appear, Miller claimed that they just had to give it a few more months – that Jesus would now show up in October...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 23:44

Re-creation

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As I write this, I am at the beach on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. My darling children are having a ball with their grandparents about a hundred miles from me. I have been thinking about two words for the last two hours. “Rest” and “Recreation.” Rest is a word throughout the...

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