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, 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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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:32

Resurrection: Watchtower-Style

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS)1 calls itself a Christian organization, yet they deny almost all of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. They deny the Trin­ity, the Deity of Christ, the existence of...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:51

The Cost of Leaving

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What is the cost of leaving a cult or false religious group? What does that even mean? Many well-meaning Christians are under the impression that being in a cult or false belief system is easily remedied by simply exposing bad theology and replacing it with correct theology. It isn’t so. My...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:03

Angelic Communications

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We find angelic communications to humans quite a number of places in Scripture. An angel appeared to Zechariah with the news that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a son (Luke 1:13). Mary, a young Jewish virgin, who was engaged to be married, had a similar encounter and was told she would have a...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 16:56

God in Your Own Image

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Creating a god in your own image can have many temporal benefits. Such a deity would reflect your views and sanctify your behavior. He or she might even make your own behavior look better in comparison. The ancient Greek and Roman gods, who could be extremely nasty and selfish beings, are good...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:32

Is Abortion “Sacred Work?”

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A photo from a 2017 article, Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It “Sacred Work”, has been making the rounds again recently. What type of “sacred work” could abortion possibly be? To our minds, the idea is absolutely repugnant....

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:32

The Feeding of the 5,000 Migrants

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Earlier this week someone posted a meme of a church marquee with the message, “A Caravan of 5000 Migrants Confronted Jesus. So, He Fed Them.” This reminds us of the assertion made by many that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were “homeless.” No, they were never homeless. They had to...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:24

Can I Know God Personally?

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Is God knowable or distant? Is God personal or simply a force? If God is personal can we know and have a personal relationship with God? Join us as we talk with Pastor Gino Geracci from Calvary Chapel South Denver about the this question. … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 15:32

Captive to Convenient Pressures

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I know, it’s Valentine’s day and your feed is full of romance and hearts. But I want to draw your attention to an article by a person who changed their mind on abortion who isn’t by any stretch of the imagination the typical right-wing, Republican. Frederica Mathewes-Green in a...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 15:27

Everything Old Is New Again

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In last week’s blog, Changing Laws or Changing Hearts?, we addressed the issue of our changing culture. We pointed out that political action does not seem able to stem the rising tide of pagan thought that is sweeping our nation and, indeed, the world. We also pointed out that paganism, while...

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