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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • newThe Gift
    (Originally printed “The Gift” In the November/December 1996 MCOI Journal) What is it about Christmas that draws us every year to celebrations of this holiday? What is so special about Christmas? Christmas is a special time because of the happine…
    - 7 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 12:15pm -
  • Joe Bidens’ and Nancy Pelosi’s Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage
    [Trigger warning: statements that might qualify in some minds as offensive hate-speech will be quoted in this post. Heck, I might even throw in a few of my own!] You know Joe. He’s the VP whose favorability ratings go up every time he puts on Ray-B…
    - 5 days ago 4 Dec 16, 12:15am -
  • Middle America Speaks
    Although the US Presidential election was nearly a month ago, it seems many are still in shock. The political pundits continue to scratch their heads, trying to figure out what happened. Before the election, Leftists were very concerned that if Hilla…
    - 7 days ago 1 Dec 16, 12:15pm -
  • What Bill Gothard and His Followers Still Don’t Get About Grace
    When debating Gothardites on the topic of grace, often the first text they cite is James 4:6b: “‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble,’” (ESV). It is also usually the one text they keep coming back to in support of their asser…
    - 14 days ago 24 Nov 16, 12:15pm -
  • How to be David in the Court of a Mad King
    If you are reading this I’m going to assume that the following applies to you more than a little bit: If you voted for President-elect Trump you did so while holding your nose as Franklin Graham implored. You weren’t so much voting for Trump as…
    - 21 days ago 17 Nov 16, 7:57am -

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

  • 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…
    - 38 days ago 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…
    - 45 days ago 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…
    - 52 days ago 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…
    - 58 days ago 11 Oct 16, 2:28pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Inerrancy

    Terminology Tuesday: Inerrancy

    Inerrancy: The doctrine that the Bible is completely trustworthy and contains no errors. The doctrine is normally qualified in a number of ways. The Bible is said to be inerrant in the original autographs, and it is said to be without error only when…
    - 66 days ago 4 Oct 16, 6:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (09/23 - 09/30)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (09/23 - 09/30)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Is God Just a Human Invention? by Sean McDowell - 1.99 (A SUPERB general apologetics book; HIGHLY recommended). Read along with it here!WEEKLY LINKS:• Rapid Response: Who…
    - 69 days ago 30 Sep 16, 1:29pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Relativism

    Terminology Tuesday: Relativism

    Relativism: The theory that denies that humans can possess any objective, universally meaningful knowledge, that there are any ultimate and unchanging metaphysical realities (God, persons, space, time, natural laws) or that there are any moral absolu…
    - 73 days ago 27 Sep 16, 6:30am -

BeneDiction Blogs On

    The UmBlog

    • If you ignore your Nazi history, you may repeat it.

      If you ignore your Nazi history, you may repeat it.

      image sourcePeople don't like it when I compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. They think I am claiming he plans on committing genocide. I do not think that. However, his strident white nationalist supporters do compare him to Hitler, so I am agreemen…
      - 3 days ago 5 Dec 16, 8:20pm -
    • The God who compromises

      The God who compromises

      Last year I wrote a number of posts about the plain fact that not everything Biblical is Christian. (You can use the 21st entry to find all the previous ones). One of the aspects of this rejection of biblicism is Jesus' overruling of Mosaic laws in f…
      - 7 days ago 2 Dec 16, 2:09am -
    • compassionate christianity

      compassionate christianity

      I do not find the liberal-conservative antonyms of Christianity useful. Usually the labels are applied to how one approaches the Bible not how they live out the teaching of Jesus existentially. Liberals are just as likely to be hard hearted as conser…
      - 8 days ago 1 Dec 16, 2:36am -
    • book report - The Divine Dance by Rohr and Morrell 2016

      book report - The Divine Dance by Rohr and Morrell 2016

      This book is not one you want to blast through in a few weeks like I did. I really like Franciscan friar Richard Rohr and have been receiving his daily emails for about a year now. I have only read one of his books before this one, Simplicity: The ar…
      - 49 days ago 20 Oct 16, 11:33pm -

    Apologetics Index

    • C. Peter Wagner

      C. Peter Wagner

      C. Peter Wagner (August 15, 1930-October 21, 2016) was a professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He coined the term Third Wave. A theologian, missiologist,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
      - 48 days ago 21 Oct 16, 10:10pm -
    • Scientology — Disconnection

      Scientology — Disconnection

      Disconnection is a practice in Scientology, in which a Scientologist severs all ties between themselves and friends, colleagues and/or family members that are deemed to be antagonistic towards...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
      - 51 days ago 18 Oct 16, 10:26pm -
    • Seventh-day Adventist Church

      Seventh-day Adventist Church

      What:The Seventh-day Adventist Church is the largest denomination of Adventism. The latter is a Christian sect started in the 19th century in the USA by William Miller, a Baptist lay preacher...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
      - 54 days ago 16 Oct 16, 2:16am -
    • Andrew Cohen

      Andrew Cohen

      Andrew Cohen, Evolutionary Enlightenment and EnlightenNextSeptember, 2016: Cult leader Andrew Cohen (Evolutionary Enlightenment, EnlightenNext) is back after a three year 'sabbatical.' He has...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
      - 55 days ago 15 Oct 16, 6:51am -
    • 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, practice, or...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
      - 64 days ago 5 Oct 16, 10:10pm -
    • Spiritual abuse

      Spiritual abuse

      What is Spiritual Abuse?"Spiritual abuse happens when a leader with spiritual authority uses that authority to coerce, control, or exploit a follower, thus causing spiritual wounds."- Ken Blue,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
      - 6 Aug 16, 10:51pm -
    • Hermeneutics: The Eight Rules of Biblical Interpretation

      Hermeneutics: The Eight Rules of Biblical Interpretation

      Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible"And so we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
      - 9 Jul 16, 10:41pm -
    • Andrew Wommack

      Andrew Wommack

      Andrew Wommack is an American (TV) evangelist. He espouses and promotes Word-Faith theology, with an emphasis on faith healing and miracles. He teaches that Christians can raise people from the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
      - 30 Jun 16, 10:15pm -
    • Black Hebrew Israelites

      Black Hebrew Israelites

      Black Hebrew Israelites: A diverse, black supremacy movement consisting of various sects.Also known as Black Hebrews, African Hebrew Israelites, and Hebrew Israelites, the movement consists of...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f…
      - 28 Jun 16, 10:10pm -
    • Grace Communion International. Formerly: Worldwide Church of God

      Grace Communion International. Formerly: Worldwide Church of God

      Note: On April 3, 2009, the Worldwide Church of God officially changed its name to Grace Communion International.Throughout most of its history, the Worldwide Church of God - founded and led by...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
      - 7 Jun 16, 8:20am -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newLessons from History: A Tale of Two Men, Part 4 of 4
      What kind of influence are you having on the younger generations? Ravi Zacharias looks at the principals Josiah in the Old Testament used to help restore a nation. Find out what you can do to make a difference on Just Thinking.
      - 14 hours ago 8 Dec 16, 6:00am -
    • Lessons from History: A Tale of Two Men, Part 3 of 4
      What does it take for your life to stay strong? Why is it important for your heart to remain tender? Are you willing to let God use you to help bring people back to Him? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias examines the answer to these questions as…
      - 2 days ago 7 Dec 16, 6:00am -
    • Lessons from History: A Tale of Two Men, Part 2 of 4
      What happens when you take away truth? Can one person or culture have an impact on the future? What can you do to help the younger generations navigate conflicting ideas? Ravi Zacharias tackles these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 2 days ago 7 Dec 16, 6:00am -
    • Lessons from History: A Tale of Two Men, Part 1 of 4
      Have you ever stopped to look at how the different leadership styles have impacted America? The same is true for the leaders in the Old Testament. Is there anything we can learn from their lives and choices? Listen as Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper lo…
      - 4 days ago 5 Dec 16, 6:00am -
    • Georgia Tech Open Forum Q&A, Part 2 of 5
      What is meaning and how do you determine it? How do you find a way to deal with lust that doesn’t bring disappointment? Listen as Ravi Zacharias tackles these difficult questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 7 days ago 2 Dec 16, 6:00am -
    • Absolute Truth in Relative Terms, Part 4 of 4
      Are you able to see the subtle ways Satan tempts you? What should your response be? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at the final option Satan presented to Jesus, and the truths you can use to lean on His truth in times of temptation.
      - 8 days ago 1 Dec 16, 6:00am -
    • Absolute Truth in Relative Terms, Part 3 of 4
      Do you ever stop to think about why you’re doing something? Why you do something is just as important as what you do. On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at the significance of Satan’s attacks on your will.
      - 9 days ago 30 Nov 16, 6:00am -
    • Absolute Truth in Relative Terms, Part 2 of 4
      Do your everyday actions reflect the image of God? Would you be ashamed for someone to see how you act in private? Tune in as Ravi Zacharias begins to examine the tactics the devil uses to tempt you. That’s today on Just Thinking.
      - 10 days ago 29 Nov 16, 6:00am -
    • Absolute Truth in Relative Terms, Part 1 of 4
      What’s tempting you this week? Will you give into those temptations? How should you handle temptation? Ravi Zacharias looks at Christ’s temptation in the wilderness. Find out what you can learn from His experience on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 11 days ago 28 Nov 16, 6:00am -
    • Georgia Tech Open Forum, Part 1 of 5
      Does the secularization of our culture affect church culture? What is the impact of atrocities committed throughout history in the name of religion? Ravi Zacharias tackles these difficult questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 14 days ago 25 Nov 16, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • Killing and healing

      Killing and healing

      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 teachings of nature in the Kingdom of gra…
      - 4 days ago 4 Dec 16, 8:01am -
    • Put your alter on the altar

      Put your alter on the altar

      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 Talk, pages 140-141, Pilgrim…
      - 11 days ago 27 Nov 16, 8:01am -
    • Sin put away

      Sin put away

      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 13…
      - 18 days ago 20 Nov 16, 8:01am -
    • Encouragement for pilgrims

      Encouragement for pilgrims

      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…
      - 25 days ago 13 Nov 16, 8:01am -
    • Whether election of persons or presidents

      Whether election of persons or presidents

      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…
      - 33 days ago 6 Nov 16, 7:01am -
    • A short madness

      A short madness

      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, pages 36-37, Pilgr…
      - 40 days ago 30 Oct 16, 7:01am -
    • Where to ascribe greatness

      Where to ascribe greatness

      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 New Park Street Pulpit, volume 7, sermon…
      - 47 days ago 23 Oct 16, 7:01am -
    • "You have few days"

      "You have few days"

      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 Able to the Uttermost, page 108, Pilgrim Publ…
      - 54 days ago 16 Oct 16, 7:01am -
    • Haters wanted!

      Haters wanted!

      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 Golden Alphabet, Psalm 119:104, Pilgrim P…
      - 61 days ago 9 Oct 16, 7:01am -
    • “Do it"

      “Do it"

      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 39…
      - 68 days ago 2 Oct 16, 7:01am -

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