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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • The Walking Dead (From door to door)
    Jehovah’s Witnesses are quite proud of their record of faithfully taking their message from door to door. For example, on the back cover of the December 1, 1996, Watchtower magazine, Catholics and Protestants are bashed for neglecting evangelism, p…
    - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 5:14am -
  • The Art of Deception – Deux
    Good deception (by “good,” we mean effective) uses language to guide one’s thinking in a particular direction. Sometimes deception is harmless fun, as in the case of “magic” tricks, surprise parties, harmless pranks, etc. When our son, Lee,…
    - 9 days ago 18 May 17, 5:07am -
  • Friends
    Once a month, our good friend Penny comes and spends a night with us. There is nothing like time spent with a true friend to lift and strengthen the spirit. Penny has been our friend for 50 years this year, so we have a real shared history. Penny and…
    - 16 days ago 11 May 17, 6:41am -
  • You Have Died of Sneer Review
    If you are of a certain age, you probably played a game in the computer lab at school called Oregon Trail. It was one of the first computer RPGs (role-playing games, you can play it here for free). You were a pioneer on the trail to Oregon. You man…
    - 23 days ago 4 May 17, 6:58am -
  • Is Your Faith in Vain?
    We just finished celebrating the event which is the highlight of the Christian calendar and indeed central to the Christian faith. The resurrection has special implications in several areas. Where the sacrifice on the cross paid for our sin and gave…
    - 30 days ago 27 Apr 17, 4:28am -

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

  • William Lane Craig in Ireland 2017

    William Lane Craig in Ireland 2017

    At long last, William Lane Craig will be visiting Ireland as part of the Reasons for Hope 2017 Tour. This tour includes stops in Cork, Dublin, and Belfast with debates and talks by William Lane Craig and John Lennox. All the events are listed here, s…
    - 78 days ago 9 Mar 17, 3:12pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Immortality

    Terminology Tuesday: Immortality

    Immortality: Most simply, the inability to cease to exist or the ability to exist eternally. In this sense God is the only being who is truly immortal, because God has always existed and will not cease to exist. Some theologians argue, however, that…
    - 1 Nov 16, 7:30am -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Creatio Ex Nihilo

    Terminology Tuesday: Creatio Ex Nihilo

    creatio ex nihilo: A Latin phrase that literally means "creation out of nothing." Augustine is credited with developing the argument that God created the world without any preexisting materials. This was in contrast to most Greek philosophers, who un…
    - 25 Oct 16, 6:30am -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Omnipotence

    Terminology Tuesday: Omnipotence

    Omnipotence: The attribute that refers to God's ability to do whatever is consistent with God's own character and being in effecting the divine plan for creation. God's omnipotence is primarily demonstrated in God's overturning evil for good. This is…
    - 18 Oct 16, 6:30am -
  • Terminology Tuesday: fides quaerens intellectum

    Terminology Tuesday: fides quaerens intellectum

    fides quaerens intellectum: Literally, "faith seeking understanding." The phrase originated with Anselm in his Proslogion and was used to show the relationship of religious faith to human reason. For Anselm, matters of religion and theology are under…
    - 11 Oct 16, 2:28pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Inerrancy

    Terminology Tuesday: Inerrancy

    Inerrancy: The doctrine that the Bible is completely trustworthy and contains no errors. The doctrine is normally qualified in a number of ways. The Bible is said to be inerrant in the original autographs, and it is said to be without error only when…
    - 4 Oct 16, 6:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (09/23 - 09/30)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (09/23 - 09/30)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Is God Just a Human Invention? by Sean McDowell - 1.99 (A SUPERB general apologetics book; HIGHLY recommended). Read along with it here!WEEKLY LINKS:• Rapid Response: Who…
    - 30 Sep 16, 1:29pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

    The UmBlog

    • book report - Blue Ocean Faith by Dave Schmelzer (2017)

      book report - Blue Ocean Faith by Dave Schmelzer (2017)

      This book is so much better than I expected!It's not that I had very low expectations for this work by Dave Schmelzer, but I already listen to his weekly podcast of the same name, I already get his newsletter, I have read many of the articles on th…
      - 8 days ago 18 May 17, 2:00pm -
    • I love Matt Walsh...

      I love Matt Walsh...

      even if he doesn't love me.Matt Walsh is a popular conservative writer whose Christianity is as black and white as mine used to be. Black and white is such an easy place to be until it isn't. When none of the promises of the Bible-pocket-promise-book…
      - 9 days ago 17 May 17, 3:00pm -
    • Jesus the refurbished prototype

      Jesus the refurbished prototype

      St. Paul likes to contrast Jesus with Adam, the first human in the Hebrew creation story. He writes in his magnum opus, the letter to the Roman church,Romans 5:14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those…
      - 24 days ago 2 May 17, 5:09pm -
    • when I was a child

      when I was a child

      I read stories of talking animals. I talked to my stuffed animals. I hoped for them to talk back to me. I slowly learned the difference between fantasy and reality. I started to learn facts, statements about reality. When my elementary school was clo…
      - 37 days ago 20 Apr 17, 1:07am -

    Apologetics Index

    • Witchcraft Goes Mainstream, by Brooks Alexander

      Witchcraft Goes Mainstream, by Brooks Alexander

      The publishers of Apologetics Index have received permission from Brooks Alexander to post online the full text of his book, Witchcraft Goes MainstreamWhile the book is currently out of print it...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
      - 10 days ago 16 May 17, 10:08pm -
    • Jehovah’s Witnesses — A Cult of Christianity

      Jehovah’s Witnesses — A Cult of Christianity

      This is a continuation of our older entry on Jehovah's Witnesses -- Newer resources will be placed on this page.Jehovah's WitnessesThe religious sect was founded in the 1870s and 1880s by Charles...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
      - 43 days ago 13 Apr 17, 10:20pm -
    • Is Scientology compatible with Christianity?

      Is Scientology compatible with Christianity?

      Summary: Scientology is incompatible with ChristianityThe Church of Scientology is a controversial new religion developed by L. Ron Hubbard as an extension of his earlier psychological theories of...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
      - 46 days ago 10 Apr 17, 10:45pm -
    • Chapter 4: Abusive Churches Misuse Spiritual Authority

      Chapter 4: Abusive Churches Misuse Spiritual Authority

      Chapter 4: Authority and PowerAbusive Churches Misuse Spiritual AuthorityChapter 1: A View From WithinChapter 2: Fringe and Fanaticism - Abusive Churches Can Go Over The EdgeChapter 3: Abusive...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
      - 53 days ago 3 Apr 17, 10:10pm -
    • Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF)

      Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-IL5xG-UcEAP In-depth investigation, February 27, 2017 The Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF), in Spindale, North Carolina (USA), presents itself as a...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l…
      - 88 days ago 28 Feb 17, 8:22am -
    • Followers of Christ Church

      Followers of Christ Church

      The Followers of Christ church -- a religious cult whose unbiblical, deadly faith healing practices have left a trail of dead children -- is currently [February, 2017] in the news again.In Idaho,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
      - 89 days ago 26 Feb 17, 11:15pm -
    • Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Membership Covenant

      Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Membership Covenant

      Church Membership Contracts or Covenants: Should you sign them?Jesus, in his sermon on the mount, had this to say about oaths:But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
      - 7 Feb 17, 11:16pm -
    • Stephen A. Kent, Ph. D.

      Stephen A. Kent, Ph. D.

      Professor Stephen A. Kent researches new and alternative religions, combining perspectives from sociology with religious studies. Associated with the Department of Sociology at the University of...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
      - 25 Oct 16, 4:20am -
    • C. Peter Wagner

      C. Peter Wagner

      C. Peter Wagner (August 15, 1930-October 21, 2016) was a professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He coined the term Third Wave. A theologian,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful…
      - 21 Oct 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...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
      - 18 Oct 16, 10:26pm -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    • Tabbed Post

      Tabbed Post

      - 22 Jul 16, 2:15pm -
    • Video Post

      Video Post

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      - 21 Jul 16, 5:14pm -
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      - 21 Jul 16, 5:00pm -
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      - 21 Jul 16, 4:45pm -

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newIs Faith Delusional? Part 5 of 5
      If Christianity is true, what evidence is there for the belief in God? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias concludes his message and brings the final reasons to believe and evidence showing us that your faith is not delusional.
      - 16 hours ago 26 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Is Faith Delusional? Part 4 of 5
      Who wrote the Old Testament, if God didn’t inspire the words? Why are so many people so big on humanity and so small on God when humanity manufactured the God that they deny? Ravi Zacharias examines these questions today on Just Thinking.
      - 2 days ago 25 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Is Faith Delusional? Part 3 of 5
      Do you ever wonder if God is just a trick or a deception like the Tooth Fairy? How do you know who God is? And what is it that Jesus says about Himself? Tune in as Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper look at these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 3 days ago 24 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Is Faith Delusional? Part 2 of 5
      What is determinism? Why is that important and how does it affect you as a Christian? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias explains the philosophical views that cause some people to deny God’s existence.
      - 4 days ago 23 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Is Faith Delusional? Part 1 of 5
      Have you ever wondered why atheists often claim that Christians have fooled themselves into believing a lie? Is that true? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias examines the reasons to believe and evidence showing us that your faith is not delusiona…
      - 5 days ago 22 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Bethesda Q&A, Part 2 of 2
      Is Christ’s resurrection is unique to Christianity? Ravi Zacharias continues his answer from last week and answers a question about how we determine where the gospel is most needed. That’s on today’s Just Thinking
      - 8 days ago 19 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Bethesda Q&A, Part 1 of 2
      If there is no god, where did our sense of morality come from? When Jesus said “Father forgive them,” did that include Judas? Ravi Zacharias tackles these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 9 days ago 18 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Critical Thinking: A Christian Essential, Part 3 of 3
      What role does the Holy Spirit have in critical thinking? Have you ever wondered why certain people in the Bible were chosen as apologists of their time? Ravi Zacharias brings the answer to these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 10 days ago 17 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Critical Thinking: A Christian Essential, Part 2 of 3
      Critics often claim Christians are not using critical thinking or being rational. Is that true? And why do critics discount miracles? Be sure to listen to today’s Just Thinking as Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper look at these questions.
      - 11 days ago 16 May 17, 6:00am -
    • Critical Thinking: A Christian Essential (Part 1 of 3)
      Have you ever stopped to think about how often you are engaged in critical thinking? Knowing that, do you wonder if you’ve been doing a good job of critical thinking? Are you doing it in a way that is appropriate for subject? Tune in as Ravi Zach…
      - 12 days ago 15 May 17, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • Promises

      Promises

      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 16…
      - 62 days ago 26 Mar 17, 7:01am -
    • “Shortly"

      “Shortly"

      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 Cheque-book of the Bank of Faith, January…
      - 69 days ago 19 Mar 17, 7:01am -
    • “Sink"

      “Sink"

      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 51…
      - 76 days ago 12 Mar 17, 8:01am -
    • The resurrection of reputations

      The resurrection of reputations

      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 41…
      - 83 days ago 5 Mar 17, 8:01am -
    • Redemption through His blood

      Redemption through His blood

      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…
      - 90 days ago 26 Feb 17, 8:01am -
    • Living drainpipes

      Living drainpipes

      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 John Ploughman's Pictures, page 41, Pilgrim P…
      - 97 days ago 19 Feb 17, 8:01am -
    • Gone

      Gone

      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 22…
      - 12 Feb 17, 8:01am -
    • The Church of the first-born

      The Church of the first-born

      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 28…
      - 5 Feb 17, 8:01am -
    • “gods many and lords many"

      “gods many and lords many"

      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 30…
      - 29 Jan 17, 8:01am -
    • The great procession

      The great procession

      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 20…
      - 15 Jan 17, 8:01am -

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