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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Contemplating Contemplative Prayer: Is It Really Prayer?
    (Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) “God’s first language is silence.”1 “Progress in intimacy with God means progress toward silence.”2 “The important thing is that we are relaxed and our…
    - 1 day ago 9 Dec 17, 3:45pm -
  • The Effects of Lawlessness
    Hardly a day passes which doesn’t show us the effects of lawlessness in our culture and how it has changed “normal life.” The effects range from mere “inconveniences” to jeopardizing one’s financial or physical safety. We are not talking…
    - 3 days ago 7 Dec 17, 3:38pm -
  • For the Furtherance of the Gospel
    (Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 16) Many Church leaders today are engaged in a cultural struggle over the direction of the Church. How can loving, following, and serving Jesus Christ become so divisive…
    - 6 days ago 4 Dec 17, 2:13pm -
  • Dangerous Home Front: Proof Texts We Know and Love
    (Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8 ) By John David Ferrer On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I found myself going through several airports; and with each airport are the inevitable security checks. I…
    - 9 days ago 2 Dec 17, 1:49pm -
  • Under The Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization
    (Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) By Frank York Retired (1999) Illinois College Professor of Sociology Dr. Alvin J. Schmidt, who holds an M. Div. from Concordia Seminary and a Ph.D. from the Universi…
    - 11 days ago 30 Nov 17, 1:48pm -

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

    • good news for evangelicals

      good news for evangelicals

      Ironic, no? The "evangel" is a English transliteration of the greek word for "good news." Evangelicals have brought good news to the world, but like much religion, can't do it without bad news as well. Evangelicals often teach bad news because they c…
      - 16 days ago 24 Nov 17, 3:10pm -
    • book report - A Bigger Table by John Pavlovitz (2017)

      book report - A Bigger Table by John Pavlovitz (2017)

      John Pavlovitz appeared on my social media radar during the 2016 presidential campaign. He expressed the same dismay I did with America's conservative church's enabling of Donald Trump. At the same time, he continued to find hope despite the circumst…
      - 41 days ago 30 Oct 17, 8:32pm -
    • "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…
      - 51 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…
      - 63 days ago 9 Oct 17, 12:40am -

    Apologetics Index

    • Lessons Learned from Lying Leaders

      Lessons Learned from Lying Leaders

      During the course of over twenty-five years of involvement in ministry I have had the privilege of knowing and working with many church leaders who sincerely loved God and His people, and who served...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
      - 2 days ago 8 Dec 17, 11:40pm -
    • Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

      Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

      Sexting and Credentials AllegationsRavi Zacharias International Ministries is a Christian ministry founded and headed by Ravi Zacharias. It focuses on evangelism, apologetics, spiritual disciplines...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
      - 7 days ago 4 Dec 17, 3:38am -
    • Five Apologetics Methods

      Five Apologetics Methods

      [caption id="attachment_10142" align="aligncenter" width="710"] 5 apologetics approaches to sharing your Christian faith with others. [/caption]The book, Five Views on Apologetics, edited by...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f…
      - 26 days ago 14 Nov 17, 11:25pm -
    • 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…
      - 97 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: Spiritual, But Not Religious

      Cafeteria Religion: Spiritual, But Not Religious

      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 -

    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

    • Presentation and Portrait of a Prophet, Part 4 of 4
      Is God shaping your life today? Are you willing to push your fears and rejections aside and go if God calls you? Ravi Zacharias concludes his message on Ezekiel on today’s on Just Thinking.
      - 4 days ago 7 Dec 17, 6:00am -
    • Presentation and Portrait of a Prophet, Part 3 of 4
      God has a calling for each of us, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be without difficulties. Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at what Ezekiel focused on to help him through the difficult times.
      - 5 days ago 6 Dec 17, 6:00am -
    • Preparation and Portrait of a Prophet, Part 2 of 4
      Accepting a calling from God may mean you feel unprepared and have to make sacrifices. Are you willing to go through the process? Listen as Ravi Zacharias goes back to the life of Ezekiel to see how he responded to the calling and burdens God placed…
      - 7 days ago 4 Dec 17, 6:00am -
    • Preparation and Portrait of a Prophet, Part 1 of 4
      How do people know what their calling is? Are there ways God helps prepare people to do His work? To find the answers Ravi Zacharias looks at how God prepared Ezekiel, today on Just Thinking.
      - 7 days ago 4 Dec 17, 6:00am -
    • Fourth Presbyterian Church Q&A, Part 1 of 3
      Have you ever heard someone say, God does not exist? If so, have you ever asked why they think that’s true? RZIM speakers Stuart McAllister and Michael Ramsden tackle this question on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 10 days ago 1 Dec 17, 6:00am -
    • Prayers of Passion, Part 4 of 4
      Has your life really been transformed by God? How can this transformation affect our prayers and understanding of God? Ravi Zacharias answers these questions by sharing what the words Holy Father really mean to Christians. That’s today on Just Thin…
      - 11 days ago 30 Nov 17, 6:00am -
    • Prayers of Passion, Part 3 of 4
      It’s good to understand experience, philosophy, and theology, but alone where do they get you? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias examines how when combined, these components help give you a better understanding of God.
      - 12 days ago 29 Nov 17, 6:00am -
    • Prayers of Passion, Part 2 of 4
      When asked, who is God what comes to mind? Intellectual responses? What role do passion and emotion play in this response though? Listen as Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper look at these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 13 days ago 28 Nov 17, 6:00am -
    • Prayers of Passion, Part 1 of 4
      What should your prayers look like? Is it okay for prayers to be filled with both passion and theological integrity? Ravi Zacharias looks at the prayer of King Jehoshaphat to help answer this question. That’s today on Just Thinking.
      - 14 days ago 27 Nov 17, 6:00am -
    • University of Michigan Q&A, Part 5 of 5
      What is it that makes someone human? Is it morality, thinking, and the ability to believe? Or do faith and emotion need to be considered as well? Ravi Zacharias and RZIM speaker Abdu Murray answer this question on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 17 days ago 24 Nov 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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