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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Are You Just Afraid of Death?
    After our webcast, “500 Years after Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther,” someone posted this question; “Why do you believe these bible stories; are you just afraid of death?” In view of the fact that the fear…
    - 5 days ago 19 Oct 17, 7:27am -
  • Dark Reason
    Every now and then a news article comes along that scares me a little. The Washington Post reported on a social science study to test how politicians respond to evidence that contradicts their ideological positions. I bet you can guess how this went.…
    - 12 days ago 12 Oct 17, 7:26am -
  • The Worst Sermon
    Needless to say, I was away from home on a Sunday. We decided to go to a friend’s church we had attended before. I won’t name the church and details have been altered to stave off embarrassment. But I bet you can guess the denomination. The first…
    - 19 days ago 5 Oct 17, 5:35am -
  • Falling From Grace
    The internet and “Christian TV” today have become a great marketplace of religious ideas of all stripes, and people often do not know exactly who to trust. Just about every denomination and sect of Christendom is represented, plus, of course, eve…
    - 26 days ago 28 Sep 17, 5:11am -
  • The Challenge of Communication: Defining Terms
    I often have to think about the challenge of communication, not only in our articles or public teaching but also in my day-to-day interaction with others. Sometimes when talking with someone, I get the distinct feeling that, although we may be using…
    - 33 days ago 21 Sep 17, 7:54am -

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

  • Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

    Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

    The forthcoming revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students is for those who desire to always be "...ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you..." (1 Peter 3:15). General editor Sean McDowell exp…
    - 5 Jul 17, 6:30am -
  • Book Review: The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth By Kenneth Francis

    Book Review: The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth By Kenneth Francis

    The strength of this book is simultaneously its greatest drawback: it is too short – just 25,000 words. Its very brevity is, of course, central to its dynamism. It seeks to hook in the curious and the unconvinced, to hold them in its grip for a sho…
    - 4 Jul 17, 6:30am -
  • 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…
    - 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 -

BeneDiction Blogs On

    The UmBlog

    • "They have closed their heart to pity"

      "They have closed their heart to pity"

      "They have closed their heart to pity, and their mouth speaks proud things." A line from today's lectionary reading reminds me of the American political climate. It's from Psalm 17, a lament about the writer's enemies and appeal to God for deliveranc…
      - 3 days ago 20 Oct 17, 7:37pm -
    • "Through God's grace" from a 13th century mystic

      "Through God's grace" from a 13th century mystic

      I want to start with a long quote from this 13th century mystic. It can be read online here, but the physical book is a worthwhile purchase. I will quote this in full, because it's the struggle in my own faith journey to letting go and letting God.So…
      - 15 days ago 9 Oct 17, 12:40am -
    • If I were on Trump's evangelical advisory team
      Not that I ever would be invited to be on this council of evangelical advisers, because of many reasons, I don't pastor a large wealthy church, I didn't endorse him, I don't flatter him by calling him God's chosen leader, and I'm not fundagelical any…
      - 22 days ago 2 Oct 17, 10:00am -
    • You don't need a bible verse

      You don't need a bible verse

      to be a decent human being! I think many of us use Bible verses to be selfish though.Sometimes Christians can be the greatest humanitarians and sometimes the worst. My country has elected Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump. One freed millions of enslav…
      - 56 days ago 29 Aug 17, 12:29am -

    Apologetics Index

    • Cults as Power Structures

      Cults as Power Structures

      The following article has been excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing). It is posted at...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for…
      - 49 days ago 4 Sep 17, 10:19pm -
    • Some Red Flags When Evaluating a Ministry

      Some Red Flags When Evaluating a Ministry

      By David KowalskiAnytime we are just getting acquainted with a ministry, we look for ways to evaluate it. Sometimes problematic elements are obvious from the beginning but at others the problems...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
      - 2 Jul 17, 10:21pm -
    • Who Joins Cults, And Why?

      Who Joins Cults, And Why?

      The following copyrighted article has been excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing). It is...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f…
      - 22 Jun 17, 10:31pm -
    • Discernment

      Discernment

      What is discernment?Discernment is the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. In Christianity, to discern is [t]o identify the true nature of a spirit, doctrine,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for…
      - 17 Jun 17, 10:10pm -
    • Cafeteria Religion

      Cafeteria Religion

      Cafeteria Religion / Salad Bar ReligionThe term Cafeteria Religion, also known as Salad Bar Religion, denotes the trend in which people pick and choose religious beliefs, doctrines and practices -...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
      - 16 Jun 17, 10:21pm -
    • Why do some people return to a cult?

      Why do some people return to a cult?

      The following message -- originally titled, "Towards A New Model Of 'Cult Control'" -- was posted to the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup, on Feb. 23, 2000. It is reproduced here by the kind...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
      - 14 Jun 17, 5:25pm -
    • 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…
      - 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…
      - 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…
      - 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…
      - 3 Apr 17, 10:10pm -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    • God’s Existence
      - 4 Jul 17, 8:42pm -
    • Cooper’s Philosophical Blunders
      Cathy Cooper has written a case against Christianity here.  In it she presents objections to the kalam cosmological argument, the moral argument, Christianity’s unique claims, and Jesus’s divinity.  Today, I’ll deal with the first two. Kalam…
      - 21 Jun 12, 9:59am -
    • Failure
      William Lane Craig addresses the issue of failure that humans face.
      - 11 Jun 12, 10:53am -
    • Evidence for the Resurrection
      William Lane Craig argues for the resurrection of Jesus.
      - 11 Jun 12, 10:45am -
    • Do All Roads Lead to God?
      This was a lecture given by William Lane Craig at UC Santa Barbara in 2004.
      - 11 Jun 12, 10:34am -
    • Can We Be Good Without God?
      William Lane Craig addresses the issue of whether or not humans can be good without God.
      - 10 Jun 12, 11:49pm -

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newBarriers to Belief, Part 1 of 4
      What things are you struggling with get in the way of your belief in God? Take a few minutes to listen as Ravi Zacharias looks to the Biblical story of Naaman and how we can learn from his life. That’s today on Just Thinking.
      - 24 hours ago 23 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • Mind and Heart in Search of Answers Q&A, Part 4
      Have you ever wondered whether yoga or martial arts conflict with Christianity? Ravi Zacharias brings the answer on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 4 days ago 20 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • Your Worldview in Action, Part 4 of 4
      People may argue your beliefs but if you live a godly life that reflects those beliefs, it is much harder for them to dispute. On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias continues to look at the challenges we face as Christians when trials and pain c…
      - 5 days ago 19 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • Your Worldview in Action, Part 3 of 4
      Maybe you can live out your faith when life is peaceful, but what about when things get tough? Ravi Zacharias looks at the challenges Christians face in living out their faith during the difficult times, today on Just Thinking.
      - 6 days ago 18 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • Your Worldview in Action, Part 2 of 4
      Do you know what the foundation of your faith built on? Whether you realize it or not, what you believe affects the decisions you make. Ravi Zacharias looks at how Joseph stuck by his beliefs even when it made things more complicated. That's today on…
      - 7 days ago 17 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • Your Worldview in Action, Part 1 of 4
      Do your actions match what you said you believe? It’s important to know how to defend your faith, but if you aren’t living out what you claim to believe, you are doing more harm than good. Ravi Zacharias looks to the lives of several Biblical cha…
      - 8 days ago 16 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • Mind and Heart in Search of Answers Q&A, Part 3
      Is there a hint of socialism in the Bible? If so, does that mean Christianity does not agree with Capitalism? Listen to today’s Just Thinking as two of the top scientists join Ravi Zacharias in answering this question.
      - 11 days ago 13 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • The Quest for Meaning, Part 4 of 4
      Has your life been transformed by Christ? What should this transformation look like? Ravi Zacharias brings the answer to this question as he looks at the last two major sources of inspiration in the Christian worldview that give life meaning.
      - 12 days ago 12 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • The Quest for Meaning, Part 3 of 4
      Take a few minutes to think about how you treat others. Do you feel like your actions are ones you’d be proud others knew about? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias look at how should your intrinsic worth should affect the way you treat othe…
      - 13 days ago 11 Oct 17, 6:00am -
    • The Quest for Meaning, Part 2 of 4
      Have you ever struggled with the question, what does it mean to be human? Maybe a friend has asked you that question and you aren’t sure how to answer. Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at the four major sources of inspiration in Christi…
      - 14 days ago 10 Oct 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…
      - 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…
      - 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…
      - 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…
      - 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…
      - 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…
      - 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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