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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Defining, Explaining and Illustrating the Trinity
    (Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal Page 14) By Jay Hess In my personal exploration of the Doctrine of the Trinity as described in Scripture, I found it to be the most complex doctrine I have ever studied. I was ra…
    - 1 day ago 27 Jun 16, 11:00am -
  • Worldview Boutique
    (Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) Though I no longer consider myself a Christian, I’m still keeping a space for God in my heart. I didn’t lose my religion. Instead, I’m creating my own. I don’t believe…
    - 3 days ago 25 Jun 16, 8:10pm -
  • God Made Them That Way
    When we initially commented on Suzanne DeWitt Hall’s HuffPo blog,  “Jesus: The First Transgender Man” with “Jesus Transgendered?” we had no expectation that anyone from the Huffington Post would read much less respond to our thoughts. To…
    - 5 days ago 23 Jun 16, 11:15am -
  • Serpent Seed of Satan
    (Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue of the MCOI Journal Page 8) By Ken Ammi Behold, I shew you a mystery; … .” Thus wrote the Apos­tle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:51, and it is the view of what this mystery is which fuels the allege…
    - 10 days ago 18 Jun 16, 5:08pm -
  • The Christian Duty to Lament
      I was going to write something snarky today but then this happened. 50 people are dead. 50 people God loved fiercely are dead including one Omar Mateen. So no snark today. There is little doubt that people will express their anger, disbelief, and…
    - 12 days ago 16 Jun 16, 6:30am -

CFAR: African Apologetics

  • GUEST COLUMN: Racism and Mormonism in Uganda

    GUEST COLUMN: Racism and Mormonism in Uganda

    By Tim MartinWatchman Fellowship  I read with mixed emotions the Observer article “Mormons in media drive” dated 6 March 2013. The article explained that the Mormon Church has created a new web site that “will publish all there is to know ab…
    - 9 Apr 13, 9:53pm -
  • ACFAR Conference on Cults (March 21–23)

    ACFAR Conference on Cults (March 21–23)

    REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! Powerful, scriptural answers to the challenges and claims of…Mormonism • the Prosperity Gospel • Jehovah’s Witnesses • Seventh-day AdventismMarch 21–23, 2013 • Africa Renewal Christian College • Buloba,…
    - 5 Mar 13, 6:43pm -
  • A Warning on Chris Oyakhilome

    A Warning on Chris Oyakhilome

    Last week, J. Lee Grady of Charisma magazine posted “False Prophets, Foreign Charlatans and Global Deception,” a harsh warning about Nigerian televangelist Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy International.Grady writes that Oyakhilome is now a con…
    - 3 Jul 12, 4:05am -
  • The Bizarre Teachings of Ryuho Okawa

    The Bizarre Teachings of Ryuho Okawa

    As the much-heralded Namboole Stadium event of “Happy Science” founder Ryuho Okawa approaches, the curious would do well to closely examine his teachings. Okawa is an occultist—a spirit medium. On one level, the story is simple and grim: In 19…
    - 18 Jun 12, 6:54pm -
  • June 9th: Unanswered Questions on an Important Anniversary

    June 9th: Unanswered Questions on an Important Anniversary

    On this date in 1978, the Mormon Church stunned the world by announcing that God would finally permit “worthy” African men to be ordained to its priesthood. This “revelation” by Mormon prophet Spencer W. Kimball defused decades of anger and c…
    - 9 Jun 12, 1:55pm -
  • Mormon Missionaries Advance Across Uganda

    Mormon Missionaries Advance Across Uganda

    On April 13, the New York Times published a lengthy article entitled “At Age 19, from Utah to Uganda.” It describes the personal background and proselytizing efforts of a Mormon missionary named Jared Dangerfield and several of his colleagues fro…
    - 23 Apr 12, 11:31pm -
  • A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE “HAPPY SCIENCE” CULT FROM JAPAN

    A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE “HAPPY SCIENCE” CULT FROM JAPAN

    On March 18th, Uganda’s Monitor newspaper published a reporter’s account of her visit to the Kampala temple of Happy Science, a Japanese new religious movement also known as Kofuku-no-Kagaku.Agnes Namaganda notes helpfully that “A large glowing…
    - 24 Mar 12, 8:20pm -

Apologetics 315

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    The UmBlog

    • Gays and the New Jerusalem

      Gays and the New Jerusalem

      Disgustingly, some Christian pastors publicly celebrated the massacre at the Orlando gay nightclub in their sermons, on Youtube, and on their blogs. I will not provide links. Other conservative evangelical pastors were actually shaken enough to recon…
      - 4 days ago 24 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
    • Healthcare needs more than Jesus

      Healthcare needs more than Jesus

      In the last month, a Canadian family who let their son die of diabetes because they believed Jesus was enough to cure him were condemned in court for murder. Children's death by believers in the christian tradition of faith healing happen every year…
      - 11 days ago 17 Jun 16, 1:12am -
    • a life of charity

      a life of charity

      Bible translation is not simply replacing a hebrew, aramaic, or greek word for an equivalent in the receiver language.Take for example the greek New Testament word, "agape". In modern English translations it is translated to the word "love." In Jacob…
      - 13 days ago 15 Jun 16, 4:43pm -
    • America needs more than Jesus

      America needs more than Jesus

      In the wake of another mass shooting in the United States of America, some of us declare our country's need for Jesus. Yet, as this picture shows, Jesus is not enough.Because people can be faithful born again church goers who are also racists or miso…
      - 14 days ago 14 Jun 16, 3:18pm -

    Apologetics Index

    • Categories of Cults

      Categories of Cults

      This article highlights categories of cults. It has been excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing). This excerpt is posted at Apologetics Index by p…
      - 23 days ago 5 Jun 16, 10:15pm -
    • Prosperity Gospel : Research Resources

      Prosperity Gospel : Research Resources

      Articles, books, videos, websites and other research resources on the Prosperity Gospel, also known as Prosperity Theology or Prosperity Teaching. Questions, comments or suggestions? Contact us. Articles on the Prosperity GospelContentment: Antithesi…
      - 30 days ago 29 May 16, 10:10pm -
    • Scientology — Disconnection

      Scientology — Disconnection

      Disconnection is a practice in Scientology, in which a Scientologist severs all ties between themselves and friends, colleagues and/or family members that are deemed to be antagonistic towards Scientology. [caption id="attachment_3274" align="alignce…
      - 35 days ago 24 May 16, 10:26pm -
    • Bill Johnson / Bethel Church, Redding, California

      Bill Johnson / Bethel Church, Redding, California

      Bill Johnson MinistriesBill and Brenda (Beni) Johnson are the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church in Redding, California.Bethel Church is a Charismatic church, firmly planted within the Word-Faith movement and within the Third Wave movement -- currently…
      - 44 days ago 15 May 16, 10:11pm -
    • Cult of Christianity

      Cult of Christianity

      The term 'cult of Christianity' is used of a group, church or organization whose central teachings and/or practices are claimed to be biblical or representative of biblical Christianity, but which are in fact unbiblical and not Christian in nature.Pr…
      - 49 days ago 10 May 16, 10:15pm -
    • Spiritual abuse

      Spiritual abuse

      What is Spiritual Abuse?"Spiritual abuse happens when a leader with spiritual authority uses that authority to coerce, control, or exploit a follower, thus causing spiritual wounds."- Ken Blue, author of "Healing Spiritual Abuse."[ref]Ken Blue, Heali…
      - 51 days ago 8 May 16, 9:51pm -
    • Twelve Tribes — Research Resources

      Twelve Tribes — Research Resources

      ArticlesBeyond Cult Controversy: The Mate Peddlers of the Twelve Tribes The Reader, March 10, 2012Children of the Tribes: "In this country, we celebrate the First Amendment, which prevents the government from interfering with religious beliefs and pr…
      - 91 days ago 29 Mar 16, 10:47pm -
    • Narconon, Scientology’s drug ‘rehab’ approach

      Narconon, Scientology’s drug ‘rehab’ approach

      Narconon at a GlanceWhat: Narconon is a Scientology front group that claims to treat substance abusers.Location: Headquarters: Los Angeles (Hollywood), California. Other locations outside the USA primarily in Western EuropeFounded: Narconon was the n…
      - 96 days ago 25 Mar 16, 12:29am -
    • Ideological totalism: “Isn’t this just like brainwashing?”

      Ideological totalism:  “Isn’t this just like brainwashing?”

      I wish to suggest a set of criteria against which any environment may be judged — a basis for answering the ever-recurring question: "Isn't this just like 'brainwashing'? - Robert Jay Lifton"Ideological Totalism" is Chapter 22 of Robert Jay Lifto…
      - 22 Feb 16, 5:16pm -
    • Janet and Anton Hein

      Janet and Anton Hein

      ProfessionalAnton Hein is the founder of Apologetics Index, which he co-publishes together with his wife, Janet, and the Apologetics Index Team.They also publish Religion News Blog, Grace and Mercy, and a number of related websites.Anton Hein founded…
      - 1 Jan 16, 7:19am -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newThe Christian Privilege, Part 2 of 5
      How would you describe human value to someone else? What is it that sets you apart from other creatures? How do you answer these questions surrounded like a culture that embraces humanism? Ravi Zacharias examines the nature of mankind from God’s pe…
      - 7 hours ago 28 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • The Christian Privilege, Part 1 of 5
      Are you really a unique creation designed by God or just the result of random events? If you understand the human body does that mean you understand what it means to be human? Listen as Ravi Zacharias tackles these difficult questions on Just Thinkin…
      - 1 day ago 27 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • Seattle Q&A, Part 3 of 3
      Why should you be convinced Jesus is the only way to salvation? Does removing religion from the discussion remove the defense of good and evil? Listen as Ravi Zacharias tackles these difficult questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 4 days ago 24 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • Responding to the Times, Part 4 of 4
      As a Christian, how should you respond to the times we live in? What does apologetics in this 21st century look like? On today’s Just Thinking Ravi Zacharias looks at the last step you can take to help reach today’s culture with the Gospel messa…
      - 5 days ago 23 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • Responding to the Times, Part 3 of 4
      How do you reach a generation that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings? Is that even possible? Tune in to today’s Just Thinking as Ravi Zacharias looks at two ways you can reach today’s culture with the Gospel message.
      - 6 days ago 22 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • Responding to the Times, Part 2 of 4
      Is there any hope for our culture? Should you just stop trying to bridge the gap between the Gospel message and our culture? In order to answer this question you must first look at how the change came about and that’s where Ravi Zacharias starts on…
      - 7 days ago 21 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • Responding to the Times, Part 1 of 4
      How do you respond to a culture that is lost and doesn’t want to be found? How did we get to a point where society continues to abandon purpose? Listen as Ravi Zacharias takes a look at the ideas and decisions that brought us to this point. That’…
      - 8 days ago 20 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • Seattle Q&A, Part 2 of 3
      Have you ever wondered how God can permit natural disasters if He’s supposed to be good? Or whether Christ is really the only way to salvation? If so be sure to tune in to today’s Just Thinking as Ravi Zacharias tackles these difficult questions.
      - 11 days ago 17 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • A Family’s Failures (Part 4 of 4)
      What kind of legacy will you pass on to your family? If the legacy you’re leaving right now isn’t a good one, is there still time to change it? Listen as Ravi Zacharias shares the steps you can take to help create a better future for you and your…
      - 12 days ago 16 Jun 16, 6:00am -
    • A Family’s Failures (Part 3 of 4)
      Are you too busy talking to take time to listen? Why is communication so important in your family? To find the answer, Ravi Zacharias takes a look at what happens when there’s a breakdown in communication. That’s today on Just Thinking.
      - 13 days ago 15 Jun 16, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • “Not so much"

      “Not so much"

      Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from Words of Counsel, pages 106-107, Pilgrim Publ…
      - 2 days ago 26 Jun 16, 7:01am -
    • On avoiding the pigpen

      On avoiding the pigpen

      Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 43…
      - 9 days ago 19 Jun 16, 7:01am -
    • We can die, but we cannot deny

      We can die, but we cannot deny

      Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from Lectures to my Students, Second series, pages…
      - 16 days ago 12 Jun 16, 7:01am -
    • Not “ought" but “must"

      Not “ought" but “must"

      Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from Lectures to my Students, pages 48-49, Pilgrim…
      - 23 days ago 5 Jun 16, 7:01am -
    • The Fruits of True Evangelism

      The Fruits of True Evangelism

      by Frank TurkFrom 2006 to 2012, PyroManiacs turned out almost-daily updates from the Post-Evangelical wasteland -- usually to the fear and loathing of more-polite and more-irenic bloggers and readers. The results lurk in the archives of this blog…
      - 26 days ago 2 Jun 16, 2:16pm -
    • The End

      The End

      Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from Till He Come, pages 336-338, Pilgrim Publicat…
      - 30 days ago 29 May 16, 7:01am -
    • “Small rain"

      “Small rain"

      Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from We Endeavour, pages 118-119, Pilgrim Publicat…
      - 37 days ago 22 May 16, 7:01am -
    • “We are ourselves to blame"

      “We are ourselves to blame"

      Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from We Endeavour, pages 29-30, Pilgrim Publicatio…
      - 44 days ago 15 May 16, 7:01am -
    • Faithfulness and Evangelical Celebrity

      Faithfulness and Evangelical Celebrity

      by Phil JohnsonFrom 2006 to 2012, PyroManiacs turned out almost-daily updates from the Post-Evangelical wasteland -- usually to the fear and loathing of more-polite and more-irenic bloggers and readers. The results lurk in the archives of this blo…
      - 47 days ago 12 May 16, 7:01am -
    • A mother's double worth

      A mother's double worth

      Your weekly Dose of SpurgeonThe PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The following excerpt is from The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, volume 37…
      - 51 days ago 8 May 16, 7:01am -

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