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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Sacrificial Love

    Sacrificial Love

    (This originally appreared in the March/April 1997 edition of the MCOI Journal) I was raised in a Christian home but, in my teens and early twenties, I became very skeptical of Christian claims, the good book, and especially of God Himself. Looking b…
    - 7 days ago 17 Apr 14, 11:05am -
  • The Selfish Selfies of Self-Aggrandizement

    The Selfish Selfies of Self-Aggrandizement

    I’m worried about selfies, dear reader. I became worried about selfies when I realized I had begun posting my own. There I was about to sit down to a round of grading student essays. I chuckled because I was using one of my favorite geek toys, the…
    - 14 days ago 10 Apr 14, 11:05am -
  • Is Jesus a Sinner According to Bill Gothard’s Teachings?

    Is Jesus a Sinner According to Bill Gothard’s Teachings?

    We often receive questions by mail, phone and email about Bill Gothard’s teaching on authority which at one time was “Chain of Command” and later renamed “Umbrella of Protection.” Obviously the latter sounds more benign than the former, but…
    - 21 days ago 3 Apr 14, 11:05am -
  • Say it Ain’t So, Mark
    I have always liked Mark Driscoll, pastor of the Mars Hill mega church. I read his Confessions of a Reformission Rev and I liked the angry young prophet who built a church in one of the most secular areas in the country. I liked his no-nonsense style…
    - 28 days ago 27 Mar 14, 11:05am -
  • Bill Gothard’s 21 Steps to Conflict Resolution
    Since Bill Gothard resigned I have had a number of emails and phone calls asking if I thought his resignation is genuine or if he will return or try to return to the helm anytime soon? It is a good question. This week IBLP issued an official IBLP Sta…
    - 35 days ago 20 Mar 14, 11:05am -
  • Random Thoughts on Bill Gothard’s Resignation
    The last few weeks have witnessed changes in Bill Gothard’s titles and positions at his various ministries. A few weeks ago when the news hit the Internet, Oak Brook College of Law Distances Itself from Bill Gothard and IBLP many were caught off gu…
    - 42 days ago 13 Mar 14, 11:05am -
  • What is Wrong and What is the Solution?
    Today I want to revisit N.T. Wright’s four questions that serve as boundary markers for the Christian worldview. Here’s what I wrote in my last post Who and Where We Are: In Wright’s New Testament and the People of God, Tom (that’s what his…
    - 49 days ago 6 Mar 14, 11:05am -
  • Reincarnation and Groundhog Day?

    Reincarnation and Groundhog Day?

    A few weeks ago I had a very interesting conversation with a man who works with a visiting hospice agency in San Francisco. Although this was the first time we met, I found out that he’s been visiting with my Dad once a week for the past 6 months.…
    - 56 days ago 27 Feb 14, 11:05am -
  • Bill Gothard: Who knew what and when? A question of accountability

    Bill Gothard: Who knew what and when? A question of accountability

    Harroll Ingram, Computer Engineer for the Federal Government, begins his article on leadership Honest, Open, and Ethical Leadership Nurtures Organizational Morale : Leadership is the art of motivating people to achieve a common goal. Effective leader…
    - 63 days ago 20 Feb 14, 11:05am -
  • Bill Gothard and the 1 Timothy Project
    “Touch not God’s anointed” is a phrase which is often sent to us and usually means something like, “If you pick on my favorite teacher, God will get you.” Followers who may have doubts about their leaders or their teachings find themselves…
    - 70 days ago 13 Feb 14, 11:05am -

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

  • newInterview Transcript: Clifford Williams

    Interview Transcript: Clifford Williams

    The following transcript is from an Apologetics 315 interview with Clifford Williams. Original audio here. Transcript index here. If you enjoy transcripts, please consider supporting, which makes this possible. BA: Hello, this is Brian Auten of Apol…
    - 19 hours ago 23 Apr 14, 6:30am -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Ethical Terms

    Terminology Tuesday: Ethical Terms

    Descriptive ethics is a factual study of moral attitudes, behaviors, rules and motives that are embodied in various individuals and cultures. As such, descriptive ethics is not really a branch of ethics, but a sociological, anthropological, histori…
    - 2 days ago 22 Apr 14, 6:30am -
  • Interview: Jonathan Morrow (Impact 360 Institute)

    Interview: Jonathan Morrow (Impact 360 Institute)

    Today's interview is with Jonathan Morrow. Jonathan is the founder of Think Christianly and is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower's Guide for the Journey, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is Go…
    - 2 days ago 21 Apr 14, 4:16pm -
  • Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

    Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity

    The doctrine of the Trinity is one of Christianity’s most central, distinctive, and profoundly mysterious claims, and so it is hardly surprising that it often comes under attack by critics on all sides. Christian apologists have long found themselv…
    - 5 days ago 19 Apr 14, 6:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (04/04 - 04/11)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (04/04 - 04/11)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection - FREE• The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus - 3.99• Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? By William Lane Craig - FREEWEEKLY LI…
    - 5 days ago 18 Apr 14, 4:00pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Ethical Naturalism

    Terminology Tuesday: Ethical Naturalism

    Ethical Naturalism: is a reductionist view that holds that ethical terms (goodness, worth  and right) can be defined by or reduced to natural, scientific properties that are biological, psychological, sociological or physical in nature. For exampl…
    - 9 days ago 15 Apr 14, 6:30am -
  • Sunday Quote: Martin Luther on the Gospel

    Sunday Quote: Martin Luther on the Gospel

    "If the devil were wise enough and would stand by in silence and let the gospel be preached, he would suffer less harm. For when there is no battle for the gospel it rusts and it finds no cause and no occasion to show its vigor and power. Therefore,…
    - 11 days ago 13 Apr 14, 6:30am -

BeneDiction Blogs On

The UmBlog

  • Fear not.

    Fear not.

    I had a tough time sleeping when I was a kid. I wasn't afraid of the dark, but I did not like the quiet of night. My issues were more than being a light sleeper, one easily disturbed. No, I found it hard to rest because I was always vigilant. I feare…
    - 22 days ago 1 Apr 14, 6:49pm -
  • Why is the church attractive to women?

    Why is the church attractive to women?

    Last December I wrote a blog post on this same topic titled, Why is the church not attractive to men? The only reason I'm writing another post is I listened to another podcast yesterday wherein the male preacher was complaining about the feminization…
    - 41 days ago 13 Mar 14, 6:11pm -
  • St. Paul says we should put passion to death. Really?

    St. Paul says we should put passion to death. Really?

    Some months I pick a short passage from the Bible to meditate on every morning. Last month I tried to marinate in Colossians 3:5-15. Verse 12 is a beautiful call to a life of love. 12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on…
    - 45 days ago 9 Mar 14, 6:47pm -
  • Oh the things my mind retains

    Oh the things my mind retains

    Last night, on the eve of my 44th birthday, my mind drifted towards a very old, but very vivid memory. I remember being a youngster in the backseat of my grandparents' car at a drive-in. I think it was the long closed Waterford drive-in. This memory…
    - 90 days ago 23 Jan 14, 7:10pm -

Apologetics Index

  • Hebrew Roots Movement

    Hebrew Roots Movement

    Hebrew Roots (or Hebraic Roots, Jewish Roots) is a diverse, global religious movement with no central leadership and no ecclesiastical structure. Consequently it includes many variations and gradations of teachings and practices -- ranging from ort…
    - 16 days ago 7 Apr 14, 10:14pm -
  • Bob Jones

    Bob Jones

    False prophet Bob Jones, the most controversial of the controversial 'Kansas City Prophets,' has died. Supported by such men as Rick Joyner, Mike Bickle and Bill Johson, Jones was a prominent figure in the New Apostolic Reformation -- a heterodox m…
    - 66 days ago 17 Feb 14, 11:25am -
  • Bare-Faced Messiah: Scientology’s founder, fantasist L. Ron Hubbard

    Bare-Faced Messiah: Scientology’s founder, fantasist L. Ron Hubbard

    A highly acclaimed biography of L. Ron Hubbard, exposing both his lies and those of the church of Scientology about his live, will be reprinted soon. Throughout its history the Church of Scientology has not only failed to denounce and disavow Hubbar…
    - 8 Dec 13, 1:57am -
  • The Bondage of Congregational Elitism

    The Bondage of Congregational Elitism

    Lust for a feeling of spiritual superiority can be exploited by dishonest or abusive leaders. --Written by David Kowalski, Read the full article: The Bondage of Congregational Elitism at Apologetics Index
    - 6 Dec 13, 8:10am -
  • al-Shabaab

    al-Shabaab

    Updated: Learn more about al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based Islamist terrorist group behind the September, 2013, attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.--Written by Anton Hein-Hudson, Read the full article: al-Shabaab at Apologetics Index
    - 23 Sep 13, 11:05pm -
  • God TV

    God TV

    God TV, an international 'christian' TV network that broadcasts from Jerusalem, is like a copy-cat version of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which is notorious for broadcasting countless preachers and teachers whose teachings and practices range f…
    - 17 Sep 13, 5:21pm -
  • Resources for Studying the Errors of the Word-Faith Movement

    Resources for Studying the Errors of the Word-Faith Movement

    Having been recently asked about what I may have written on the subject of the Word-Faith movement, I replied largely by giving what I consider the best resources for understanding and responding to the movement. I have reproduced that reply in this…
    - 16 Sep 13, 1:45pm -
  • Relativism and Antinomianism: It’s Mostly About Sex

    Relativism and Antinomianism: It’s Mostly About Sex

    Both relativists and Antinomians will specifically speak against some things as wrong. It seems they only object when issues related to sexual morality are openly addressed.--Written by David Kowalski, Read the full article: Relativism and Antinomi…
    - 18 Aug 13, 2:07am -
  • Testing Claims about the Hebrew and Greek

    Testing Claims about the Hebrew and Greek

    Misrepresenting the meaning of the original languages of Scripture is one of the easiest ways to mislead those with little if any training in those languages.Even if one Is not a scholar trained in biblical languages, however, there are simple ways t…
    - 13 Aug 13, 3:36am -
  • The Nature of Spiritual Authority

    The Nature of Spiritual Authority

    Submission to leadership is conditional. If a leader is leading well we should follow. Even if they diverge from the path just a bit we should be respectful, but we must always reserve the right to respectfully disagree if they say or do things we th…
    - 8 Aug 13, 8:24pm -

Apologetics.com

  • Four Ways to Strengthen Your Kid’s Faith
    Those of us who are interested in Christian Case Making (aka “apologetics”) are aware of the challenges facing young Christians in their teens and twenties. It’s a simple fact; most young Christians will walk away from the Church in their colle…
    - 3 days ago 21 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • The Resurrection as Best Explanation
    One of the reasons why I am a Christian is because of the truthfulness of the story told in the Scriptures. Many people doubt the story’s truthfulness, but let’s look at how and why the resurrection is the most rational explanation of certain his…
    - 3 days ago 20 Apr 14, 2:39pm -
  • Is God Real? The Bacterial Flagellum and the Divine Design Inference

    Is God Real? The Bacterial Flagellum and the Divine Design Inference

    Of all the arguments related to the existence of God, the argument from the appearance of design is perhaps the most intuitive and visual. As we examine and observe the complexity (and inter-connectivity) of biological systems, we can’t help but co…
    - 6 days ago 17 Apr 14, 4:30pm -
  • Interview with Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer
    Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer was the plenary speaker at the Embodied Reason: Wisdom, Tradition and Contemporary Apologetics conference at California Baptist University. The conference was co-sponsored by California Baptist University, Apologetics.com and Gold…
    - 7 days ago 16 Apr 14, 5:12pm -
  • Syllogisms in the Bible
    There are some Christians who would like you to believe that there are no logical syllogisms in the Bible. One author, for example, wrote, My students are often reminded that there are no syllogisms in Scripture. Actually, this is not quite true, but…
    - 10 days ago 13 Apr 14, 8:34pm -
  • Four Reasons You Should Attend the 2014 CrossExamined Instructor Academy
    This past weekend I got to hang out with Frank Turek, a dear friend, co-laborer and mentor. Frank is the author of I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, and he was here in our neck of the woods teaching several services at a large local churc…
    - 15 days ago 9 Apr 14, 11:42am -
  • Is the Bible True? The Cumulative Case for the Reliability of the Gospels (Free Bible Insert)
    The case for the reliability of the New Testament Gospel eyewitness accounts is dependent on the reliability of the authors. Eyewitnesses are typically evaluated in criminal trials by asking four critical questions: Were the witnesses really present…
    - 17 days ago 7 Apr 14, 12:59pm -
  • Good Case Makers Are Good Care Takers
    As a Christian apologist (a.k.a. Christian Case Maker), I get the chance to travel and meet other Christian Case Making leaders around the country. Many of my fellow Case Makers are Chapter Directors for Ratio Christi (Latin for ‘The Reason of Chri…
    - 20 days ago 3 Apr 14, 1:44pm -
  • Is God Real? Evidence for God from Objective Moral Truth
    There are several compelling arguments for the existence of God, and many of them are rooted in science (i.e. thee Cosmological Argument) or philosophy (i.e. the Transcendental Argument). Sometimes these disciplines are foreign to our everyday experi…
    - 23 days ago 31 Mar 14, 3:56pm -
  • Every Easter Sermon Is Built on the Reliability of the Gospel Eyewitnesses
    Christian leaders have been preaching Easter messages for over two thousand years. In fact, the first Christian leaders were eyewitnesses of the Resurrection and their message was, in large part, simply their eyewitness testimony. In the years immedi…
    - 28 days ago 27 Mar 14, 10:00am -

Ravi Zacharias

Pyromaniacs

  • Can You Persuade Me?
    Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You may speak in your defense.”So Paul, gesturing with his hand, started his defense: “I am fortunate, King Agrippa, that you are the one hearing my defense today against all these accusations made by the Jewish lead…
    - 3 days ago 21 Apr 14, 7:01am -
  • They Broke the News
    At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn't find the body of the Master Jesus.They…
    - 4 days ago 20 Apr 14, 7:01am -
  • There In the Ground
    In Christ alone my hope is found,He is my light, my strength, my song;this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,firm through the fiercest drought and storm.What heights of love, what depths of peace,when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!My Comforte…
    - 5 days ago 19 Apr 14, 7:01am -
  • What Actually Happened
    The people and their leaders all took Jesus to Pilate and began to bring up charges against him. They said, "We found this man undermining our law and order, forbidding taxes to be paid to Caesar, setting himself up as Messiah-King."Pilate asked him,…
    - 6 days ago 18 Apr 14, 7:01am -
  • Not That Kind of King; Not this One
    They led Jesus then from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. It was early morning. They themselves didn’t enter the palace because they didn’t want to be disqualified from eating the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and spoke. “What…
    - 7 days ago 17 Apr 14, 7:01am -
  • If You Do Them
    Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already put…
    - 8 days ago 16 Apr 14, 7:01am -
  • Not Like God
    Jesus and his disciples went to the villages near the town of Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, "What do people say about me?" The disciples answered, "Some say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah. Others say you are…
    - 8 days ago 15 Apr 14, 5:22pm -
  • It needs to be said

    It needs to be said

    by Frank TurkMy friends and pastors went to T4G last week, and all I got was this lousy blog post.So yesterday we went to church after my friends and pastors came back from T4G, and they all had stories about the things they did or said, and one of t…
    - 9 days ago 14 Apr 14, 4:37pm -
  • The Dragon!

    The Dragon!

    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 34…
    - 11 days ago 13 Apr 14, 7:01am -
  • Snipping out Bible verses? Begin (and end) at the beginning.

    Snipping out Bible verses? Begin (and end) at the beginning.

    by Dan PhillipsFrom 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…
    - 13 days ago 11 Apr 14, 7:01am -

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