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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Bill Gothard’s Analogous Teachings
    I had a call last week from someone who had been involved with and influenced by Bill Gothard’s ministry and teaching nearly or perhaps even from the beginning. They have a Master’s degree and taught in public school for most of their career. The…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 6:15am -
  • In Defense of “Merry Christmas”: The Battle for Freedom and Faith
    The “War on Christmas” is treated by the media as an annual event, obviously because the Christmas season is upon us only once a year. The general public became more fully aware of this battle when it was reported in the last few years that many…
    - 10 days ago 11 Dec 14, 6:15am -
  • Intimidation
    Intimidation comes at us on a variety of fronts and sometimes in subtle ways. It might come from the political arena or religious groups. Sometimes it is family or work associates. In some cases intimidation can be a good thing but is most it can be…
    - 17 days ago 4 Dec 14, 6:15am -
  • I Thank God for Me
    The nation’s annual Thanksgiving holiday is today. George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation begins: Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits,…
    - 18 days ago 2 Dec 14, 4:01pm -
  • The Gospel According to Les Mis
    I used to avoid musicals. Didn’t get the point of interrupting good acting with singing. That was until I heard Les Miserables for the first time.  Les Mis is all singing and so by rights, I should dislike it as well. But what songs! When Valjean…
    - 29 days ago 21 Nov 14, 7:14pm -

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

  • newBook Review: Apologetics Beyond Reason by James Sire

    Book Review: Apologetics Beyond Reason by James Sire

    Apologetics Beyond Reason ventures into nontraditional territory when it comes to classic apologetics. Although I’m familiar with Sire’s other work and have valued greatly from his other writings, the title grabbed my attention. Coming from the a…
    - 16 hours ago 20 Dec 14, 7:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (12/12 - 12/19)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (12/12 - 12/19)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis - 2.99 on Kindle• When the Lights Go Down: Movie Review as Christian Practice - 3.03• Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Fa…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 5:00pm -
  • Read Along Index: The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas

    Read Along Index: The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas

    This is the chapter study index for the Read Along project for the book The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World by Paul Copan and Kenneth D. Litwak.[Podcast Feed RSS | Podcast in iTunes]Click t…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 5:16pm -
  • 10 Apologetics Books for Giving

    10 Apologetics Books for Giving

    Last year you may have read the post Top 5 Books for Christmas Giving. Well, here's a revised list... of ten books. Keep in mind, this is no definitive list of "best apologetics books." This is a list of books that I feel would be the best to choose…
    - 2 days ago 18 Dec 14, 2:27pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Monism

    Terminology Tuesday: Monism

    Monism: Any antidualist philosophy that appeals to one unifying principle to explain all that is. In response to the metaphysical questions "How many things are real or exist?" monism answers, "Only one reality or thing" or "One kind of thing with m…
    - 4 days ago 16 Dec 14, 4:48pm -
  • "Why I am a Christian" Testimony by David Wood

    "Why I am a Christian" Testimony by David Wood

    Former atheist David Wood (of Acts 17.net) shares his testimony about how he became a Christian. The video explains why he left atheism and surrendered to Jesus as Lord and Savior. Hear Apologetics 315's interview with David Wood here: Audio / Trans…
    - 10 days ago 10 Dec 14, 9:43pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (11/28 - 12/05)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (11/28 - 12/05)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Christianity's Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath - 2.99• When the Lights Go Down: Movie Review as Christian Practice - 3.03• Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your…
    - 15 days ago 5 Dec 14, 5:00pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

  • Marci McDonald, “friend” of Faytene?!?

    Marci McDonald, “friend” of Faytene?!?

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission Did you know that reporter and author Marci McDonald was at one time part of “The hand of Hell”? Or that at one time, she was a “friend” of Canadian evangelist … Continue reading →
    - 40 days ago 11 Nov 14, 4:19am -
  • Harper signed trade agreements with China, while Canadian Christians rot in prison

    Harper signed trade agreements with China, while Canadian Christians rot in prison

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission Can’t say that Stephen Harper doesn’t know the value of a dollar. Over the past few days he has been In China, finalizing trade agreements with the government of China worth … Continue re…
    - 41 days ago 10 Nov 14, 4:13am -
  • Rewriting history for the past five years, and counting

    Rewriting history for the past five years, and counting

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Winston Churchill once said, or wrote: “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” Or rewrite it, in the case of Faytene Grasseschi, perhaps? The Canadian born … Continue rea…
    - 44 days ago 7 Nov 14, 12:20am -
  • They could use that old barn out back

    They could use that old barn out back

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission There will be at least one sequel to the new Left Behind with Nicolas Cage, says filmmaker Paul Lalonde. In a statement released on the Left Behind fan page on Facebook… … Continue reading…
    - 46 days ago 4 Nov 14, 11:35pm -
  • An apology on behalf of “social media” Christians to Nicolas Cage

    An apology on behalf of “social media” Christians to Nicolas Cage

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Ted Baehr’s Movieguide has felt burdened to apologize to Nicolas Cage about the occasionally visceral reaction to the new Left Behind film. The open letter… http://www.movieguide.org/news-…
    - 48 days ago 2 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
  • The Ottawa/Parliament Hill shootings

    The Ottawa/Parliament Hill shootings

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. Following yesterday’s shootings in Ottawa, I thought creating a thread might be helpful. Discuss in the comments. And pray offline. Thank you.
    - 58 days ago 23 Oct 14, 3:12pm -
  • “No airline attendant would wear a blouse two sizes too small.”–On the new Left Behind film

    “No airline attendant would wear a blouse two sizes too small.”–On the new Left Behind film

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission Quite the crash and burn, for the new Left Behind film starring Nicolas Cage, as it were. According to the movie grosses site, Indiewire, as I write, Left Behind has dropped … Continue readin…
    - 65 days ago 17 Oct 14, 3:45am -
  • God TV founder resigns because of adultery – for now

    God TV founder resigns because of adultery – for now

    God TV: GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec steps aside GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec has today announced he is leaving the Network, standing aside as Chairman and CEO with immediate effect. This follows what he terms ‘a moral failure’ concerning … Conti…
    - 79 days ago 3 Oct 14, 12:49am -

The UmBlog

  • counting my blessings - perseverance of family movie night

    counting my blessings - perseverance of family movie night

    I'm thankful that our family has a tradition of going out to the movie theater together once a month. The theater we go to has $6 tickets on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Sometimes the movies are great, sometimes they don't live up to the hype. Eithe…
    - 3 days ago 18 Dec 14, 2:53am -
  • counting my blessings - perseverance of public parks

    counting my blessings - perseverance of public parks

    I really like hiking. But there aren't much in the way of mountains here on Connecticut's southeast coast. But we do have great parks. Today, I walked the dog around the big loop of Bluff Point State Park. It was beautiful. I love the coastal forest.…
    - 5 days ago 15 Dec 14, 8:28pm -
  • counting my blessings - perseverance of the annual get together

    counting my blessings - perseverance of the annual get together

    For years, before the kids were all adolescents, we had our first Advent gathering with a couple other families. We ate well, the kids played, we sang carols, and went home happy.We do this almost every year. We talk about getting old. We talk about…
    - 7 days ago 14 Dec 14, 2:25am -
  • counting my blessings - all my cubs are home

    counting my blessings - all my cubs are home

    I like my kids. I brought the oldest one home from school tonight. Now I get to be with all of them at dinner for a few weeks. I am grateful for my nuclear family.
    - 9 days ago 12 Dec 14, 2:56am -

Apologetics Index

  • The Modern “Grace Message” — Revolution or Rebellion?

    The Modern “Grace Message” — Revolution or Rebellion?

    - 18 days ago 2 Dec 14, 11:01pm -
  • Quran

    Quran

    Muslims believe the Torah and the Gospel have been changed and corrupted over time. Consequently, the Quran was needed to correct the errors in the corrupted books. It finalizes the truth from God as transmitted from the archangel Gabriel, recited b…
    - 73 days ago 8 Oct 14, 10:01pm -
  • Mark Driscoll

    Mark Driscoll

    Mark Driscoll, dubbed the "Cussing Pastor" of Mars Hill Church, faces increasing opposition from people who question his controversial behavior. In the wake of recent controversies regarding plagiarism and apparent manipulation of the bestselling boo…
    - 4 Aug 14, 11:09pm -
  • Rainbow Family of Living Light

    Rainbow Family of Living Light

    The Rainbow Family is a leaderless, nomadic intentional community of individuals committed to principles of non-violence and egalitarianism. The movement, which has no official organization, is best known for its Rainbow Gatherings.Read the full arti…
    - 22 Jun 14, 5:13pm -
  • A Closer Look At Stephen Covey And His 7 Habits

    A Closer Look At Stephen Covey And His 7 Habits

    Published nearly 26 years ago, Stephen Covey's development training program, "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People" today is as popular as ever. But most people who use it are unaware of the fact that Covey has discovered how to communicate Mormon…
    - 4 May 14, 9:47am -
  • L. Ron Hubbard

    L. Ron Hubbard

    L. Ron Hubbard was an American author. He is best known as the founder of the Church of Scientology. Scientologists do not 'worship' Hubbard, but they do hold him in high regard -- even though he has been exposed as a fantastist who lied about his li…
    - 2 May 14, 11:31am -
  • Strengthened in the Inner Man

    Strengthened in the Inner Man

    The Bible clearly commands us to change our sinful ways but also makes clear that we must rely on God's strength to do so.--Written by David Kowalski,Read the full article: Strengthened in the Inner Man at Apologetics Index
    - 29 Apr 14, 6:01am -
  • 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…
    - 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 mov…
    - 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 Hubbard'…
    - 8 Dec 13, 1:57am -

Real Clear Apologetics

  • Resources to Help You Respond to the Problem of Evil (Free Bible Insert)
    - 20 Aug 14, 12:36pm -
  • John Frum and the Jesus Myth
    I’ve had exchanges with a Christ myther who has posited the case of the John Frum “cargo cult” as an example of how a person could be invented wholesale and inserted into history, just as Christ myther’s suppose Jesus was. Although I have not…
    - 15 Aug 14, 3:04pm -
  • Human Sacrifice at Gibeon?
    2 Samuel 21:1-9 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. And the king called the Gibeon…
    - 1 Aug 14, 3:24pm -
  • Bertrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty (Pt. IV of IV)
    …continued from Pt. III… This distinction between belief and acceptance is relevant to our topic at hand. For it seems to me that acceptance is more essential to “the Christian stance” than belief. Someone, for instance, might want very much…
    - 20 Jul 14, 10:07pm -
  • Bertrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty pt. III

    Bertrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty pt. III

    Oops, I did it again. Said this series would be x parts long, and it turns out to be y. I said three parts, but it’s gonna be four. My apologies. Anyways, here’s part three… In the previous two posts, we looked at a number of quotes from Bertra…
    - 20 Jul 14, 1:40am -
  • Betrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, & Dishonesty (Pt. II of III)
    …continued from part I… Consider Wilbur, a suitable bachelor. Wilbur greatly desires to be a father some day — to bring a little human unto maturity, to pass on his name, to leave a legacy, and all that. But there is a problem: Wilbur will not…
    - 19 Jul 14, 3:14am -

Ravi Zacharias

Pyromaniacs

  • Some Here, Some There — December 19, 2014

    Some Here, Some There — December 19, 2014

    by Dan PhillipsNOTE: an important announcement about the conference is included below.Here you go:From last year: remember Doug Wilson's splendid post, Why a virgin birth? Do!Chrs believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. Materialists bel in the pare…
    - 1 day ago 19 Dec 14, 4:10pm -
  • An Arclight of Hope

    An Arclight of Hope

    by The Late Frank TurkSo here's the point: Christmas is not a celebration of everyday life.  The purpose of Christmas is not to celebrate your middle-class life and ethics, or even to enjoy simple human good will, or to inspire it.  It's not even t…
    - 4 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:01am -
  • Short Christmas sermon: How not to find Jesus

    Short Christmas sermon: How not to find Jesus

    by Dan PhillipsFor our annual Christmas program, I was to bring a brief message. The program lasted well over an hour before my time came, and it was wonderful — piano, banjo, saxophone, flute, guitars; songs, recitals; little tiny kids and adults.…
    - 5 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:01am -
  • Jesus in the midst

    Jesus in the midst

    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 Gospel of the Kingdom, page 154, Pilgrim…
    - 7 days ago 14 Dec 14, 8:01am -
  • Some here, some there — December 12, 2014

    Some here, some there — December 12, 2014

    by Dan PhillipsIf you're one of those misguided souls who only drops by on Fridays, be sure to see the extra-edition SHST posted last Tuesday. I think many missed it.So, let's see... what day is it today? Oh yeah.On with it:Seasonably enough, Kevin…
    - 8 days ago 12 Dec 14, 2:21pm -
  • "From You Shall Come Forth..."

    "From You Shall Come Forth..."

    by Phil JohnsonFrom 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…
    - 10 days ago 11 Dec 14, 8:01am -
  • Working Clothes

    Working Clothes

    by the Late Frank TurkSome of you will recognize that last weeks' post was a re-write of a post which was about the same from 2009.  You might recognize this one that way as well, but it's worth your time to revisit this with me.  I’m thinking ab…
    - 11 days ago 10 Dec 14, 8:01am -
  • Some here, some there — December 9, 2014

    Some here, some there — December 9, 2014

    by Dan PhillipsChristmas has come early!Actually, I was looking forward to reading Frank's post... then I realized that it was "my" day. And so, since I was thinking all yesterday that I already had enough for an SHST, here is one early. Not sure whe…
    - 11 days ago 9 Dec 14, 12:55pm -
  • A fixed faith

    A fixed faith

    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 Lectures to my Students, page 40, Pilgrim Pub…
    - 14 days ago 7 Dec 14, 8:01am -
  • Some here, some there — December 5, 2014

    Some here, some there — December 5, 2014

    by Dan PhillipsOn with the array:Louis Markos offers a readable and read-worthy review of Craig Blomberg's recent book Can We Still Believe the Bible?  I appreciate his push-back against Blomberg's apparent defense of the indefensible practice…
    - 16 days ago 5 Dec 14, 8:01am -

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