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

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:00

Uncertainty and Revelation

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Uncertainty is a crucible for revelation. My pastor said two things in his sermon two weeks ago when this virus was just looming on the horizon and we had no idea how bad or how mild it was going to be. There were people in my church who thought everyone was over-reacting and others who […]

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:00

True Prophecies by False Prophets?

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There is a general belief among Christians that true prophecies cannot be made by false prophets. After all, the thinking goes, false prophets can only give false prophecies. We even have a biblical test to determine if one is a false prophet that is given in Deuteronomy 18:20-22: But the prophet...

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Friday, 13 March 2020 09:00

Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret

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It has arrived! The response to the current Enneagram craze which is sweeping through many churches, Bible colleges, universities and seminaries is now available. It is currently available on our website at this link, Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret.  Check out the site, scroll down to...

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2010 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Watching a court jury trial and watching a debate have a number of similarities. In both cases, you have one set of evidence, but you have two opposing sides that attempt to explain the evidence in such a way that they will persuade...

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 17:00

Who do you say that I am?

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In Matthew 16:15 Jesus the Christ asks his disciples an all-important question with eternal consequences, “But who do you say that I am?” It was the follow-up question in an exchange we read in Matthew 16:13-18: Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his...

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:00

God’s Secrets in the Pyramids?

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The Great pyramids of Giza are, as just about everyone knows, large stone structures believed to have been built perhaps 4,000 – 4,500 years ago as tombs for the Pharaoh. They have a great deal to do with their pagan worldview, beliefs about the afterlife and the presumed necessity of...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:00

That’s What I Get for Praying

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In the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, George Bailey, not a religious man, becomes desperate enough with his life circumstance to pray for God’s help. Immediately following the prayer, an angry man comes over and punches him hard in the jaw. As he picks...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:00

Not a Waste of Time

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We have often been told that witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and others in cults is “just a waste of time.” “They don’t listen.” To be sure, witnessing to people in cult groups can be quite frustrating. It can be draining. So why do we do it? That is...

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Wednesday, 05 February 2020 17:00

Is it true that God can Use/Redeem Anything?

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This question keeps coming up in connection with the Enneagram. This is especially true with the introduction of Enneagram Coach, Beth McCord and her husband, Jeff, who is a pastor. The claim they make is they have stripped the Enneagram of its false teaching and are teaching a biblical version. In...

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Groups like Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement and others very often read themselves into Scripture to give credibility to their claims. In their hands the Bible isn’t really about God and His dealings with His creation and His people. The Bible is all about their...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 17:00

How Should We Respond?

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(Editor’s Note: The following is an adaptation from chapter 15 of Carl Teichrib’s book, Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-Enchantment.) Professing Christians have three primary options in considering a response to our shifting world. First, we can ignore the worldview...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:00

The Not So Strange Tale of Two Jehovahs

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If we began this post with the words, “Once upon a time…” and went on to tell the tale of two Jehovahs, most would assume it was just a story, perhaps a fairly-tale. In actuality, the story is true, it’s in the Bible, and the One telling it is Jehovah Himself. Since we will...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 17:00

The Games People Play

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In 1969, Joe South’s hit, The Games People Play was released. Actually, it was a re-release. Songfacts notes: Joe South performed all the vocal and instrumental parts himself, and some consider it the first ever Country-Soul album. It was originally released in 1968 as Introspect before being...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 17:00

Naming Names a New Year Resolution?

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Is naming names a New Year resolution for us? We don’t really make New Year resolutions like losing weight, or any other of a number of things around here. There is probably not a week that goes by that I don’t receive an email or note contending that it is wrong to name names when...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 17:00

The Christmas Image

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This week’s Crux, posts the day after most Christians celebrate the anniversary of the incarnation. With all of the festivities, family gatherings and ministry stuff I had considered taking the easy way out and either skip posting this week or repost The Gift, an article Joy wrote in 1996 for...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 17:00

Heaven and H-e-double-hockey-sticks

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My series of articles has been focused, in large part, on use of terminology as a foundation for comprehension and elucidation. When considering issues such as Angels, demons, Nephilim, and giants, we have seen how definitions also assist in systematizing in terms of putting together a theological...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 17:15

Present

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When you think of the word “present,” what comes to mind? As you might have guessed, around here we love words. It is our primary medium of communication. We love playing with words and enjoyed comedians of yore like Abbott and Costello and their use of word play with routines like...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 14:04

Strange Bedfellows

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If, as it is said, politics makes for strange bedfellows, Cultural Ideology says, “Hold My Beer.” Peter Boghossian, a philosophy professor, In his essay Welcome to Culture War 2.0, claims that we are witnessing a “great realignment” of cultural forces. And they are some...

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:07

Thanks for the Memory

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Thanks for the Memory is a song which actor, comedian and entertainer, the late Bob Hope, performed with actress Shirley Ross. It was written for the film, The Big Broadcast of 1938 which co-starred Hope and Ross. It is a recitation of mostly small but, as it turns out, important moments in their...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 16:05

Here Be Giants

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This is fourth the series of articles on angels, demons, and Nephilim and will be followed by one about Heaven and Hell. These articles are succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations from several books I have written.1 (All Bible quotations are from the NASB) Many people dive into...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 14:32

‘Look, here is the Christ!’

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In Matthew 24:23 Jesus forewarns His followers to be aware of deception and deceivers to come, saying, Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. This warning is also recorded in Mark 13. Why is He warning them? For false...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 15:11

A Prayer for the Czar?

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In one of our all-time favorite films, Fiddler on the Roof, the Jewish citizens of the fictional Russian shtetl of Anatevka ask the rabbi if there is a prayer for the Czar. With a twinkle in his eye, he assures them there certainly is, and then goes on to cite the prayer for his listeners....

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 16:09

What is Truth?

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In John 19:38 Pilate responds to Jesus when he quips, “What is truth?” It was more of a commentary on the problem of language in that day than on the claims of Jesus. The very definition of “truth” in Greco-Roman culture was elusive and contradictory. For the common people,...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 15:25

The Nephilim Files

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This is a follow-up to the Angels Unawares and Demons ‘Ex Machina:’ What Are Demons? articles from The Crux, August 29, 2019 and October 3, 2019, and it will be followed by one regarding giants. These articles are succinct versions of otherwise very detailed elucidations from several...

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 15:43

Myths and Genealogies

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In 1 Timothy, after his opening salutation, the Apostle Paul immediately launches into warnings about false teachers, false doctrine, myths and genealogies. What is he referencing in the category of “myths and genealogies”? The Faithlife Study Bible comments: The Greek term used here,...

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