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Beyond Coincidence

by Dr. Chuck Missler

For the Love of Codes

What child doesn’t love a good spy book, complete with clues and ciphers? As young people, we delighted in passwords and vocabulary that only our best friends understood. We invented secret codes and used them to pass messages that nobody else could read. Some of us liked code-making and code-breaking so much that we became cryptologists as adults.

Not only do we love codes, but sometimes they’re indispensable. When all other forms of communication breakdown, ships can still signal each other in Morse code with flashes of light. Prisoners locked behind walls of silence can tap tap their way to knowledge about each other. Children can know a stranger was not sent by Mom to pick them up, because the stranger doesn’t know Mom’s code phrase. Codes have many real-life uses.

Let’s pretend I have a necklace of black and white beads, and the string breaks so that beads spill all over the floor. I get a needle and another string, and I use the needle to scoop the beads onto the string. It’s much easier than trying to scoop them with my large fingers, and I finish fairly quickly.

I know Morse code, and as I look at the beads on this string, I notice that the black and white can substitute for dots and dashes. I see that the beginning of the string has two black beads, which I see as a “dot dot” for the letter I. It’s followed by a white bead then a black bead — “dash dot” the letter N. There’s a white — “T” — then four blacks in a row — “H.” Next is an E, then a B, E, G, and I. As I begin to write down the letters implied by this black-and-white Morse code, I find a sentence forming. It says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” I just scooped them onto the string, and they came up off the floor forming that sentence.

Of course, this is an absurd scenario. The chances of winning the lottery are a reasonable 1 in 300,000,000, or 3 x 108. If there are 347 beads, the statistical chance that they should appear in any specific sequence is 1 in 2347, or about 3 x 10104, a 10 with 104 zeros after it. This is a ridiculously improbable number. However we look at it, it’s absurd that this lettering occurred by chance. We intuitively recognize this, even without any mathematical sophistication. Immediately, we start considering that some sort of design must have been involved. We can believe that my unconscious mind put the words together while I slid the beads on the string, or we can contemplate that a miracle has just taken place. We do not for a moment believe the beads spelled out that sentence in Morse code by random chance.

While nothing is considered impossible in statistics, merely “highly improbable,” there has to be a point in mathematics where it’s justified to call it quits and say enough’s enough. In his 1962 book Probabilities and Life,[1] mathematician Emil Borel suggests that probabilities become too negligible to worry about on a cosmic scale after 1 in 1050. Odds of 1 in a trillion (1012) may not get many investors, but it’s still remotely possible. On the other hand, a chance of 1 in 1050 is inconceivable; it’s defined as absurd.

We recognize that random chance produces chaos and disorder, the equivalent of black and white beads spilled aimlessly across the floor. We also recognize that order and language are the result of purposeful intent. If my black and white beads form a full sentence, we recognize that intelligence must be at its source.

Our world is filled with codes in one form or another. DNA is a digital code that gives information to each of our cells on how and when to develop, shaping every form of life on the earth. It is not a string of random black-and-white beads, but an extensive, carefully written program. The universe is not chaotic and unpredictable. Instead, the laws of physics and the unique characteristics of our planet have allowed life to thrive. Researching and understanding the miracle of life and the order of the universe is one of the deepest passions of humanity. Ultimately, we have access to an integrated message from outside the dimensions of space-time itself, and in its pages we find the answers to the biggest question of life.

What does the universe tell us about its Creator, and what has He done to reveal Himself to us? Above all else, that is what this little book is all about.

Information Versus Noise

We generally recognize the difference between order and disorder. A code is ordered. A communication signal is ordered. They are both meant to be recognized and interpreted and understood, because their very purpose is to transfer information. Language is ordered. Music is ordered. As language is garbled or music becomes chaotic, the result is noise. The transfer of information has ceased, and cacophony has taken its place.

In science, it’s exceptionally important to distinguish the difference between real information and “noise.” Let’s say a mining company wants to know the concentration of cadmium, lead and arsenic in the rock before they start digging, because they don’t want these toxins to leach into the local rivers. They take samples of the rock and send the samples to a local lab where the rocks are tested using sensitive instruments. Let’s say that one of the instruments has a high background noise for cadmium. That is, the instrument gives a reading of 2ppm (parts per million) cadmium even when testing completely pure water. The testing lab knows this. They’ve tested the instrument repeatedly, and they know they have to account for this background noise before making their report on the cadmium concentration in the rock. With each run, they test a “blank” sample of pure water. When their instrument reads 15ppm of cadmium in a sample, they minus the blank’s reading for the background noise and report 13ppm cadmium.

In science, “noise” is the opposite of true information. Noise is disordered and chaotic. In Greek, the word chaos means “disordered” or “void,” and the word cosmos means “order” or “arrangement.” Noise exists everywhere, and it can cause confusion. It requires purposeful energy to make and keep things ordered — to create true information and separate it from the noise.

An engineer trying to design a communications system has the job of improving the signal-to-noise ratio. The engineer wants to get as much signal and as little noise as possible so that information can be communicated clearly with little confusion. Anybody who has used walkie talkies knows the difficulty in trying to understand somebody when the words are drowned out by hissing and crackling sounds.

The same principle applies in anything we try to accomplish; we have to put in effort to make things ordered. The second law of thermodynamics states that the randomness of a system — its entropy — will always increase in a closed system. No machine is perfectly efficient. The directed energy used to make the machine whir gets randomized and energy melts away into the universe and is lost for any useful purpose. We spend a weekend cleaning up the garage. How long does it stay that way? The kitchen. The hall closet. We spend purposeful, thought-out energy making order, but randomness takes over.

Information scientists use both deterministic and stochastic models to make predictions. In deterministic models, the end result is predictable based on known parameters and initial conditions. Three plus two equals five. If we sell seven shirts for $5 each, we will gross $35. A stochastic model, on the other hand, includes a random variable. We might know the parameters and initial conditions, but because of this random variable we get different outcomes. We can set certain bounds for that variable and so know that our results will fall within a certain range of results, but we aren’t sure exactly which it will be. For instance, we might know how many people will come into a room, and we might know their ages and their incomes, but we don’t know their heights. We only know that they are most likely between 4’7” and 6’11” and we make our predictions based on that distribution range.

Elusive Randomness

This leads to the issue of pseudo-random numbers. It may be surprising, but it’s almost impossible to create truly random numbers, and yet scientists sometimes need them. In 1955, the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica published a book called One Million Random Digits, with 100,000 Normal Deviates.

The average layman would look at that and laugh, because the book is just lists and lists of random numbers. The untaught civilian would consider such a book completely ridiculous, but there are people who pay good money for random numbers. It took the most advanced company of the day to generate this product and to give buyers the assurance that the number lists were truly random.

The Rand Corporation had access to the most powerful computers of the day, and the authors had to make sure that these numbers had no symmetry, no predictability, no patterning of any sort. They washed the numbers to ensure there was no evidence of design anywhere. It served as a useful tool for certain scientists and laboratories that needed a supply of random numbers.

Even today, one of the most complicated things a computer can do is provide a truly arbitrary number. It turns out that any procedure used to create random numbers isn’t really random. It may look like a random list, but the numbers are actually pseudo-random because some pattern or formula was used to create them. Yet, completely random numbers are valuable for experiments in certain fields of study, so the Rand Corporation’s book was a serious tool for serious scientists at that time.

Ironically, the defining characteristic of a collection of random numbers is the total absence of design. We live in a culture that attributes design to randomness, and we have no clue what true randomness looks like. It’s astonishing to realize that we live in a culture that has ruled out the concept of design and gives randomness credit for every fine-tuned machine in nature. The human brain functions as a result of one of the most elegant designs on the earth, and we attribute that design and all other organic designs to nothingness, to absence, to the unsystematic bouncing of atoms. I want you to understand the absurdity.

Intellectuals are career-bound in an environment in which they jeopardize their careers if they speak of intelligent design in the order of nature. There are pleasantly refreshing exceptions. People like Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute and his colleagues Phillip Johnson, William Dembski, and Michael Behe Tawyers, mathematicians and biochemists — recognize the implicit design in the natural world. Whether or not they are Christians, they have championed the view that intelligence always lies behind anything designed. That is, when we find clever engineering in nature, it is a fingerprint of Somebody’s intelligence.

Forensic scientists have long recognized the clues that separate a murder from an accidental death. If a man is found with a knife tip lodged in his rib, it’s reasonable to suggest foul play. Any casual viewer of a crime investigation show knows that DNA and particulates and bone chips can lead to the specific perpetrator of a crime, let alone the fact that human purpose was involved. If a man is found with ten knife wounds in his back, it’s safe to say somebody else was involved.

The Scripture talks about chance in a very strange way:

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Proverbs 16:33

In other words, in a world where everything creative is attributed to hit-and-miss chance, true randomness might not exist after all.

  1. Borel, E. (1962). Probabilities and Life. New York: Dover.  ↩

The Rhetoric On Rhetoric

by Chris Corlett

In the appendix of his definitive work Cosmic Codes: Hidden Messages from the Edge of Eternity, Dr. Missler lists nearly two hundred rhetorical devices employed throughout the Holy Bible. Dr. Missler writes, “Many forms of multi-level and reflexive codes and rhetorical devices… are employed in communication and language, and the Biblical corpus of text is no exception.” He continues, “The exploitation of metaphors, analogies, similes and types in the Bible is particularly provocative in that they often reach across the individual authors and the era in which they were written.”[1]

But what of rhetoric? Aristotle defines rhetoric as the ability to see or identify in any given circumstance the available means of persuasion.[2] The rhetorician wants not merely to communicate a truth and sets the more ambitious goal to convince the hearer to act on that truth. Paul makes a distinction between “teaching” and “preaching” in Acts 15:35[3] which is echoed when he lists the various ministry titles in Ephesians 4:11. In this passage, the role of the “evangelist” is listed alongside that of the “teacher.” The distinction is intuitive if not explicitly stated — teaching explains and directs while preaching proclaims and motivates. Paul wrote to Timothy to “(p)reach the word (and) reprove, rebuke (and) exhort.”[4] Preaching incorporates these additional commitments above and beyond those of teaching. As a public school mathematics teacher of over twenty years, job one was to teach the skills and concepts of algebra, geometry and calculus. I measured successful learning through summative assessments. When a student pursued study in higher education in mathematics, I passed a much more exciting test. Could I move from just conveying knowledge to also exciting learning? When successful, students went from being taught mathematics to being caught by mathematics!

“General Grammar, Aristotelian Logic, and Classical Rhetoric comprise the first three rules-based subjects of the 7 Liberal Arts and Sciences. As these disciplines are learned and practiced together, they form the overarching, symbiotic system for establishing clarity and consistency of personal thought called the Trivium.”[5] The three tracks of the Koinonia Institute echo these three subjects: the Berean track comprises the basic Biblical knowledge of Jesus; the Issachar track aspires to develop within the learner the skills needed for understanding and discernment; and the Koinonos track ties it all together as students engage more completely in meeting the call known as the Great Commission.[6] The three subjects of the Trivium — Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric — parallel the three tracks of the Koinonia Institute — Berean, Issachar and Koinonos. And if this analogy is applicable, then rhetoric becomes a useful ally in fulfilling our call as ambassadors of the King of Kings and “making disciples of all nations… teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We move from being merely able to recite truth to being able to reproduce disciples.

Rhetorical Triangle

Aristotle wrote of what is called the Rhetorical Triangle — logos, ethos and pathos. Logos refers to the information and logic of the argument. This appeal is to the intellect. Relevant and reliable evidence is infused throughout an argument that answers the important questions and reaches valid conclusions. Ethos refers to the credibility of the speaker. What qualifies the speaker to know what he claims and what character traits inspire confidence that the speaker is honest and impartial in his assertions? Pathos refers to the audience and its shared values and emotional connection. Politicians and advertisers rely heavily on pathos when evoking an emotional news story or when using a cute animal to sell a product. An equilateral triangle often depicts this relationship and implies that each element should be present in roughly equal measure for a presentation to be more effective and persuasive.

Too much information can tire an audience — “the head can only absorb what the seat can endure!” Too much identification with the audience can come across as pandering and compromise the credibility of the speaker. The oft-quoted phrase “Nobody cares how much you know unless they know how much you care” comments on the relationship between logos and pathos. The Greek words serve as mnemonics for their respective meanings:

  • Logos: The “words” which are spoken and the facts upon which they are based
  • Ethos: The “ethics” of the speaker in terms of credibility and proficiency of the topic
  • Pathos: The “sympathetic” connection with the readers or listeners which shows an understanding of where they are at in terms of predisposition and values

At our annual International Strategic Perspectives conferences held in Idaho, the selection of speakers and topics reflects all three elements. Each speaker brings something significant to say which “equips the saints for the work of the ministry.”[7] Speakers are proven leaders in the respective fields — archeology, eschatology, apologetics, print and electronic media, and so on. And a connection is made with the audience both through anecdotes and humor during the presentation and through individual interaction with the speakers at question and answer sessions and chance meetings in the hallways.

This concludes our three-part series on truth, evidence and rhetoric. To be a reproducer, we need to know the truth, be able to defend the truth and finally to communicate the truth. Saving faith is a reasonable faith.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”[8] We are commanded to reason whether or not it is a convenient time. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”[9] Time and again throughout the book of Acts, we read of people being persuaded (e.g., Acts 13:43, 14:19, 17:4, 18:4) along with some efforts which did not bear immediate results (e.g., Acts 17:5, 21:14 and especially 26:28.)

There is much to learn about ambassadorship by studying these verses and at least we can take away from the list the preeminence of persuasive preaching among the apostles as recorded in Acts. Time is short and we need to move from reciters to reproducers. Please send your thoughts and comments to dp.chrisc@khouse.org.

  1. “The great discovery is that the Bible is a message system: it’s not simply 66 books penned by 40 authors over thousands of years, the Bible is an integrated whole which bears evidence of supernatural engineering in every detail!” http://6640.khouse.org/  ↩
  2. http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/Rhet_Triangle.html  ↩
  3. “Paul and Barnabas also remained in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.”  ↩
  4. 2 Timothy 2:4  ↩
  5. http://www.triviumeducation.com/  ↩
  6. Matthew 28:16–20  ↩
  7. Ephesians 4:12  ↩
  8. Isaiah 1:18  ↩
  9. 1 Peter 3:15  ↩




New and Improved Koinonia Institute

by Graham Preston

The History and Background

Koinonia Institute (KI) was launched more than 10 years ago to help “equip the saints for the work of ministry.”[1] It has been focused on three supporting areas:

  • To provide instructional programs to facilitate serious study of the Bible among thinking Christians;
  • To encourage and facilitate both individual and small group weekly study programs for personal growth; and
  • To research, monitor and publish information to stimulate awareness of the strategic trends that impact our times and our personal ministries and stewardships.

KI is committed to accomplishing these goals through a program of lifelong learning — exploiting the Internet — and the creation and development of an intelligence network among its members.

KI takes a heuristic approach to the training of our students. Our goal is to emphasize techniques which establish “self-feeders” — students of the Word of God who are equipped to discover for themselves — within the pale of the hermeneutics of the inerrancy of the Word. We favor establishing not only effective communication techniques but also skills in discernment within our contemporary environment.

The KI educational program was designed with a threefold structure or tracks which are complementary avenues of study that should give the student a balanced understanding of the Bible, the world around them, and their individual calling within the Body of Christ. The Berean Track is the primary backbone of the Institute, motivated by the diligence of the Bereans in that “…they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”[2] The Issachar Track is motivated by the diligence of the Sons of Issachar who “…were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”[3] The Koinonos Track is motivated on the Third Commandment which states, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain”[4] which we take as meaning a call to personal stewardship and fruitfulness for all who “take the name of Jesus” as their Savior and Lord.

Student progress along the three tracks is recognized with the award of three KI Medallions: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. As of the end of 2015, KI had awarded more than 3,000 Bronze Medallions, nearly 100 Silver Medallions and a dozen Gold Medallions.

The Academic Review Committee

In July of 2015 an Academic Review Committee was established to conduct an analysis of the overall operation of Koinonia Institute. The committee was made up of Stan Honn (KI Registrar), Chris Corlett (KI Deputy Provost), and myself. We were tasked with examining the KI course offerings, student performance, and any glaring problems with the current online system. We were then instructed to review the educational best practices and e-learning standards which are implemented on other educational websites and to make recommendations for improvement and expansion of the KI experience. We focused on three educational areas: Curriculum (What we learn), Andragogy (How adults learn), and Assessment (What we actually learned). With that in mind, we were very self-critical in that we looked for the “cracks and breaks” in our current system. Overall, the material in the Berean Track were found to be sound and of good quality but the student experience and assessments were lacking. Both the Issachar and Koinonos Tracks fell well below our desired goals and were in need of extensive rework and relaunch. The KI Student portal (KI website) has a number of user issues that need to be addressed and improved. All in all, we can see lots of areas that need attention and updating.

After four months of evaluation and discussion among the ARC members, we presented our preliminary findings to the Koinonia House Board Members in October of 2015. After a further review we finalized our report to the Board and are now in the initial improvement implementation phase. These changes are still in the process of being developed and built. Therefore, we will be announcing them on the KI Study Center website as they roll out. Please continue to pray for God to lead and guide us through this process.

Improvements to Come

  1. Improvements to the Issachar and Koinonos Tracks:
    • Previously the Issachar Track was focused on giving students the experience of creating strategic briefings. For many, this emphasis has discouraged those who do not feel they have the skills or desire to produce these kinds of materials. Instead, the Issachar Track is going to offer more classes on discernment, critical thinking, and evidential evaluation.
    • Previously the Koinonos Track was focused on encouraging the students to find and fulfill their calling (all be it without any instruction on how to do this). This was primarily achieved through simply awarding of K-Credits for student ministry service. Experience has now shown us that rather than being a motivation for ministry service it has become a stumbling block to some who find it difficult to first understand their calling and then to become active in that calling. Therefore, the Koinonos Track will be offering many new classes on how to be an Ambassador of Christ. From evangelism to ministry in the home, our new series of classes will hopefully inspire you to become a fruitful servant of our Lord.
  2. Creating the Repository of Your Biblical Knowledge:
    • You will have your own KI work/storage space that is yours to record your journey through the Bible and in your ministry. This repository will be available on your computer and mobile devices all of the time so you can gain access to your personal notes and information any time you need it.
    • Access to all of your quizzes, tests, and discussion questions on all of your completed classes. This will provide an easy way to provide an up-to-date transcript of all of your work.
    • Embedding of your personal notes within each class session. This will allow you to document your insights, questions, and conclusions for later reference.
    • You will be able to publish your thoughts within KI for comments and questions.
    • Join ongoing forums or create new ones to discuss the issues that matter to you the most.
  3. Student controlled learning experience:
    • All quizzes and tests may be retaken as many times as you wish. As we understand that evaluation (quizzes and test) are just another form of the education process, we want to give you the chance to get questions 100% correct. These will also be available to you through your Repository of Your Biblical Knowledge.
    • Student feedback on all quiz and test questions. If you think the question is unclear, you may challenge the question and submit your comments. We will then review your concern and take the necessary actions to clear the confusion.
    • Student initiated grouped classes. You will be able to create classes from the available KI courses with specific students for a shared experience of studying together. This will be especially useful within the home-group environment.
  4. Multiple Paths
    • At the moment, KI student achievements are only officially recognized when they reach the three medallion levels. Therefore, KI will be establishing multiple academic recognitions for a wide range of student accomplishments. We want to encourage you to become the best servant of our King you can be.
  5. “Learn the Bible in 24 Hours” Home Group Initiative (FREE)
    • If you have already finished the Old and New Testament courses as a part of the KI Bronze Medallion program, then perhaps you would like to facilitate a home group where you lead others through these foundational studies by Dr Chuck Missler. We are going to be offering soon a free class through KI that will result in a KI certification as a Home Group Leader. Once you have successfully completed that course, you will be able to create your own LTB24 study group within the KI study website and lead your group through the Bible. All home group leaders will receive substantial K-Credits for each completed LTB24 series they run. Watch the KI website for more developments on this exciting offer.

  1. Ephesians 4:12  ↩
  2. Acts 17:11  ↩
  3. 1 Chronicles 12:32  ↩
  4. Exodus 20:7  ↩



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Hi everyone!

Over the last 5 years my dear friend and founder of this ministry, Nancy Missler, was in contact with you through email blasts that she called “From My Heart”.  She wrote uplifting and inspirational information the Lord was showing her as she was battling cancer and the effects of treatment.    

I went back and re-read some of those email blasts and in almost every one of them she mentioned and asked for prayer for her son, Mark Missler who was also struggling with cancer. Throughout the years, many of you responded with encouragement and prayers for not only Nan, but Mark. I’m still receiving emails asking about Mark and how he is doing physically.

It’s with a heavy heart for the Missler family that I’m letting you know that last Thursday, February 4th, Mark went home to be with Jesus.  I’ve attached a link below with more detailed information:


Your continued prayers, for all of the family, are so appreciated.          

Again, we thank you for all the encouragement and support you showed to the Missler family, the King’s High Way family and the K-house family during the loss of our dear Nan.  

En Agape,

Debbie Holland
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