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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • newA New Hymn for Progressive Churches
    It’s never too late to add a new hymn to our hymnals. And what better way to do it by updating an old melody with lyrics suited to the present socio-political realities that each of us face each and every day? With that in mind, we’ve taken a cla…
    - 11 hours ago 19 Aug 17, 11:15am -
  • Kim Jong Un: the Jim Jones and David Koresh of East Asia
    The Wall Street Journal story titled “North Korea Backs Off Guam Missile-Attack Threat” appeared three days ago (Monday, August 14) at 9:36 p.m. (ET). Kim Jong Un had taken his military belt off his socialist pants and was all set to administer a…
    - 3 days ago 17 Aug 17, 7:00am -
  • Moral Fluidity
    We live in the challenging times of what we might call “moral fluidity.” For nearly two millennia Western culture has been guided by Judeo/Christian moral and ethical values. That doesn’t mean that no one violated them, of course. Every human b…
    - 10 days ago 10 Aug 17, 7:20am -
  • The Good, Good News
    Ron’s blog last week, “N.T. Wright’s Long Farewell,” drew comments which seem to indicate that some believe salvation is achieved the old-fashioned way: We earn it. Yes, Jesus may play His part in saving us, but we must contribute to the proc…
    - 17 days ago 3 Aug 17, 7:15am -
  • N.T. Wright’s Long Farewell
    If you want a quick-but-tedious way to separate some of the shallower evanjellyfish from the more theologically-serious evangelicals in your circle of friends, here’s a simple method: call N.T. Wright a heretic. It’s quick because the blowback yo…
    - 24 days ago 27 Jul 17, 7:00am -

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…
    - 46 days ago 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…
    - 47 days ago 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

    • all these deaths - to what end?

      all these deaths - to what end?

      World War 2 was started by agressive nations motivated in part by racial supremacy. Hitler told Germans and Austrians that they were the superior race of Aryans. He also used the European Jewish population as a scapegoat for all the ills they had bro…
      - 4 days ago 15 Aug 17, 3:55pm -
    • I thought all lives matter - don't be a sucker

      I thought all lives matter - don't be a sucker

      In response to the meme #blacklivesmatter some white supremacists tried to counter with the meme #alllivesmatter. African Americans have consistently responded saying "black lives matter" does not contradict all lives matter but points to the problem…
      - 5 days ago 14 Aug 17, 5:37pm -
    • The self-righteous Pharisee and the tax collector

      The self-righteous Pharisee and the tax collector

      In today's daily office reading Jesus tells this parable.Luke 18:9-14 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men…
      - 71 days ago 9 Jun 17, 1:36pm -
    • 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…
      - 93 days ago 18 May 17, 2:00pm -

    Apologetics Index

    • 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…
      - 48 days ago 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…
      - 58 days ago 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…
      - 63 days ago 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…
      - 64 days ago 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…
      - 66 days ago 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…
      - 95 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…
      - 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 -
    • 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…
      - 28 Feb 17, 8:22am -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    • God’s Existence
      - 46 days ago 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

    • Ravi Answers Atheists, Part 2 of 4
      What are the consequences of a world without God? Are Christians foolish to act as if there is a God? Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper look at these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 2 days ago 18 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Building A Moral Society, Part 4 of 4
      How can you build a moral society in a culture surrounded by so many differing opinions? What it the real problem that needs to be addressed? Listen as Ravi Zacharias addresses these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 3 days ago 17 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Building A Moral Society, Part 3 of 4
      Does your life reflects the image of God? Why is that important and what role do you play in helping restore absolutes in our society? Be sure to tune in as Ravi Zacharias tackles these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 4 days ago 16 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Building A Moral Society, Part 2 of 4
      As Christians, how can we establish a foundation that upholds moral laws and helps build a strong society? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias shares the three real depths of thinking and the foundation that is needed to restore absolutes in o…
      - 5 days ago 15 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Building A Moral Society, Part 1 of 4
      We live in a culture that tries to use science to answer our questions of morality, but which of the exact sciences gives us the essentials of unarmed truth and unconditional love? Is it possible to discuss morality without acknowledging God? Today o…
      - 6 days ago 14 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Ravi Answers Atheists, Part 1 of 4
      Is there really a God? Today’s new atheists tell believers that they are misled and wasting their lives by believing in God. Are they right? Ravi tackles these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 9 days ago 11 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Questions of a Man in Agony, Part 4 of 4
      Are you taking your questions about pain and suffering to God? How did God respond to Job’s questions about the pain he was dealing with? Pain and suffering will always be a part of this world but Ravi shares a word of encouragement and hope for th…
      - 10 days ago 10 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Questions of a Man in Agony, Part 3 of 4
      When your friends or family members experience pain or suffering how do you respond? Are you words filled with encouragement, or are you only making things worse? Ravi looks at how Job’s friends responded to him in his time of need and what you can…
      - 11 days ago 9 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Questions of a Man in Agony, Part 2 of 4
      Do you ever wonder why you experience pain or suffering? Or why things aren’t getting any better in this world? When times get tough we tend to ask many questions. Today on Just Thinking, Ravi continues to look at the story of Job and the questions…
      - 12 days ago 8 Aug 17, 6:00am -
    • Questions of a Man in Agony, Part 1 of 4
      How do you respond when things take a turn for the worse in your life? If you look at your life, the life of friends and family and even the world you’ll realize suffering is real. The book of Job tells us about the suffering Job endured, but can w…
      - 13 days ago 7 Aug 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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