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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • A Short Tribute to Diane Gholson
    We received word that our friend and former Florida Branch Director, Diane Gholson, age 94, passed into the presence of the Lord on June 8, 2018. Her daughter, Sue, sent a note which said in part: She slipped away from us quickly and I believe withou…
    - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 7:12am -
  • Offended!
    Every week, it seems, we receive an email, letter, phone call or comment on our blog or YouTube Channel proclaiming that someone is offended by something that was said, either by us or a guest. We have come to realize over the years of being involved…
    - 9 days ago 14 Jun 18, 7:14am -
  • Cake Rises Again
    Lots of celebration and consternation over the “Narrow ruling” in the Masterpiece Bake Shop case.  To be clear, a narrow ruling or narrow decision doesn’t refer to the number of justices. A unanimous decision can be narrow in the legal sense.…
    - 16 days ago 7 Jun 18, 5:03am -
  • What’s on the Other Side?
    The old saying is “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” That is true when kids are rough housing and things go dangerously awry. But life can be that way too. Quite often, it seems, human beings go through life with little thought t…
    - 23 days ago 31 May 18, 7:10am -
  • Rainy Day People
    Christians are supposed to be happy, happy, happy – not fearful or depressed about difficult situations in life, right? Those of us involved in discernment ministries or missions to cults and false religious movements are focused on false teaching…
    - 30 days ago 24 May 18, 7:09am -

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

  • Apologetics315 Acquisition

    Apologetics315 Acquisition

    It has always been my vision that Apologetics315 would be a trusted hub for finding the best apologetics resources available. Now through joining up with the Defenders Media team, I’m happy to announce that Apologetics315 is moving onward and upwar…
    - 11 Feb 18, 7:45pm -
  • Expanding: Regional Associate Position

    Expanding: Regional Associate Position

    - 9 Nov 16, 10:33pm -
  • Support via AmazonSmile

    Support via AmazonSmile

    Did you know that if you select Defenders Media as your charity and start shopping at Smile.Amazon.com that we’ll receive a small portion (0.5%) of your purchase on behalf of Amazon.com? So if you would like to help us even in the smallest, feel fr…
    - 6 Jun 16, 5:49pm -
  • Weekend Promotion: Good Faith by Kinnaman and Lyons

    Weekend Promotion: Good Faith by Kinnaman and Lyons

    This weekend only, Friday through Sunday, become a patron of Veracity Hill and receive 1 free, autographed copy of the newly released Good Faith: Being A Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons,…
    - 13 May 16, 2:52pm -
  • Defenders Media Welcomes the Library of Historical Apologetics

    Defenders Media Welcomes the Library of Historical Apologetics

    We are pleased to announce that the Library of Historical Apologetics is joining our alliance! The Library of Historical Apologetics seeks to be the world’s best resource for lay apologists, pastors, students, and scholars seeking historical apol…
    - 5 Mar 16, 7:05pm -
  • Defenders Media Welcomes Risen Jesus!

    Defenders Media Welcomes Risen Jesus!

    We are pleased to announce that Risen Jesus, the ministry of Dr. Mike Licona, has joined the Defenders Media alliance! Dr. Licona is Professor of New Testament at Houston Baptist University, is the author or co-author of 6 books, and is one of the w…
    - 4 Feb 16, 7:08pm -
  • Launch Report 2015

    Launch Report 2015

    - 21 Dec 15, 5:17am -

BeneDiction Blogs On

The UmBlog

  • I'm an ex-vanglical but not an ex-christian

    I'm an ex-vanglical but not an ex-christian

    There is a lovely chap on Twitter, Blake Chastain, who I first heard use the appellation "exvangelical." He even has a podcast about it. I find it a helpful term and want to explore it in my own experience. This has been a long evolution and I will u…
    - 23 days ago 30 May 18, 6:40pm -
  • "you brood of vipers!" - Jesus

    "you brood of vipers!" - Jesus

    The gospel of Matthew has this well known tirade of exasperation against the religious leaders who opposed Jesus. It's sometimes referred to as the "seven woes." He's furious with their religious duplicity. We get famous metaphors from this like "str…
    - 32 days ago 21 May 18, 5:47pm -
  • how to respond to dehumanization

    how to respond to dehumanization

    On Thursday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders endorsed this interpretation of Trump’s remarks, saying that “I don’t think the term the president used was strong enough...it took an animal to stab a man 100 times and decapitate him and cut…
    - 36 days ago 18 May 18, 1:55am -
  • He's come to set the captives free

    He's come to set the captives free

    Jesus said. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,…
    - 71 days ago 13 Apr 18, 11:00am -

Apologetics Index

  • Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps

    Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps

    Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps (ACMTC) at a GlanceWhat: a 'Christian' sect, operated as an intentional community that is organized with a military structure partially based on the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
    - 51 days ago 2 May 18, 10:03pm -
  • Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (1931 – 1990) – Cult Leader

    Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (1931 – 1990) – Cult Leader

    Rajneesh cult: Arson, attempted murder, drug smuggling, vote fraud, et ceteraBhagwan Shree Rajneesh -- born in Poona, India, as Rajneesh Chandra Mohan -- founded the Rajneesh Foundation...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful…
    - 72 days ago 12 Apr 18, 8:46am -
  • Deprogramming

    Deprogramming

    Deprogramming — Intervention processDeprogramming refers to an intervention process that reverses alleged brainwashing. [caption id="attachment_11177" align="aligncenter" width="710"]...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f…
    - 72 days ago 11 Apr 18, 10:29pm -
  • A Testimony About Anti-Testimonies

    A Testimony About Anti-Testimonies

    Deconverstion stories, Ex-timonies, Anti-testimoniesBy David Kowalski"I used to be a deluded, ignorant, and hateful Christian like you until I learned to be better than you!" This is the essence...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
    - 14 Mar 18, 11:39pm -
  • J. Gordon Melton

    J. Gordon Melton

    J. Gordon Melton -- Religious ScholarJ. Gordon Melton is an American religious scholar. He was the founding director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR).He is also the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
    - 12 Mar 18, 11:24pm -
  • Why Whistleblowers are Often Ignored (Even in Christian Organizations)

    Why Whistleblowers are Often Ignored (Even in Christian Organizations)

    Editorial by David Kowalski[The following observations on whistleblowers are based largely on the same experiences that inspired my article on lying leaders in the Church]It seems anytime...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f…
    - 12 Mar 18, 2:57am -
  • 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…
    - 13 Jan 18, 11:10pm -
  • Branch Davidians

    Branch Davidians

    David Koresh, Branch Davidians, and the Waco SiegeThe Branch Davidians are a religious group that originated from a schism in the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, a sect of the the Seventh-day...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 27 Dec 17, 11:25pm -
  • Shunning

    Shunning

    Shunning, Ostracizing, Disfellowshipping, Casting Out... A Devastating PracticeSome religious movements practice shunning. They require members to shun (avoid) anyone who has left (apostates) or...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
    - 11 Dec 17, 3:49am -
  • 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…
    - 8 Dec 17, 11:40pm -

Real Clear Apologetics

Ravi Zacharias

  • newYale University Q&A, Part 3
    Christian parents have likely heard the verse in proverbs instructing parents to train up a child in the faith so they don’t depart from it later. But what does that mean? And how important is parental instruction when it comes to the Christian fai…
    - 20 hours ago 22 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • Why Hope? Part 4
    How can you make a difference in a world that appears to be turned upside down? Are you willing to be a bridge that could help someone cross over onto the other side? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias shares how God can use you to be a light in…
    - 2 days ago 21 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • Why Hope? Part 3
    How can you remain hopeful no matter now bad the times are? Can you use persecution into a platform for opportunity? Ravi Zacharias looks in the book of Acts at Stephen to find the answers. That’s on today’s Just Thinking.
    - 3 days ago 20 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • Why Hope? Part 2
    What difficult situations are you dealing with today? Do you sometimes just want to throw your hands in the air and give up? You can’t always see the bigger picture and sometimes in the darkest moments the brightest light is about to shine. Listen…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • Why Hope? Part 1
    Are you struggling to find hope today? Do you feel paralyzed by fear and despair when you look at the world around you? Join us for today’s Just Thinking as Ravi Zacharias looks at why Christians should never feel hopeless.
    - 5 days ago 18 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • Yale University Q&A, Part 2
    Have you ever wondered why Jesus Christ is so exclusive and unique? How do you know what truth really is and how can the Judeo-Christian worldview answer the important questions we have about origin, meaning, morality, and destiny? Listen to Ravi Zac…
    - 8 days ago 15 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • One God Among Many, Part 4
    Do you feel like you are surrounded by suffering and evil? What can give you hope in times like these? Ravi Zacharias looks at how Jesus isn’t just one god among many and how He provides hope for both today and beyond the grave.
    - 9 days ago 14 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • One God Among Many, Part 3
    Are you in need of forgiveness today? Which religion offers forgiveness and do you have to do anything to receive that forgiveness? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias shares the beauty and uniqueness of forgiveness.
    - 10 days ago 13 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • One God Among Many, Part 2
    How does the nature of your human heart help prove the teachings of Christ are true? Why is the answer one you’ll never hear in other religions? Ravi Zacharias looks at a passage in the book of John to help answer this question on today’s Just Th…
    - 11 days ago 12 Jun 18, 6:00am -
  • One God Among Many, Part 1
    Do you believe that there is only one God or is Jesus just one of many gods? How can you know which statement is true and is truth really that all-inclusive? Ravi Zacharias answers these questions and shares three steps you can take to test a claim a…
    - 12 days ago 11 Jun 18, 6:00am -

Pyromaniacs

  • Microaggressions... or Speck-Plucking?

    Microaggressions... or Speck-Plucking?

    by Hohn Chon my pre-Christian life, I was a political leftist who considered identity politics to be the pathway to a more enlightened future. I was deeply invested in what I like to call a "race-centric" view of the world, so much so that I would br…
    - 4 days ago 19 Jun 18, 3:01am -
  • Three Things as I Prepare to Leave on Vacation

    Three Things as I Prepare to Leave on Vacation

    by Phil Johnsonegarding the previous post, let me underscore my answer to an objection that keeps coming up. One of my critics on Twitter stated it as succinctly as anyone. He wrote, "Attraction and lust aren't the same thing. [Therefore] your propos…
    - 22 days ago 1 Jun 18, 4:34am -
  • Regarding "Sexual Orientation," Evil Desire, and the Question of Moral Neutrality

    Regarding "Sexual Orientation," Evil Desire, and the Question of Moral Neutrality

    by Phil Johnsonull disclosure: Here is the development that finally provoked my sense of consecrated indignation enough to motivate me to start blogging again:It's the latest "evangelical" superconference. As you see, their own ad copy tells us they…
    - 23 days ago 30 May 18, 6:29pm -
  • The Root of the Matter

    The Root of the Matter

    by Phil Johnsonhe issue underlying practically every popular evangelical trend we have ever decried here on PyroManiacs is the same moral defect that was the besetting sin of the Pharisees—namely, a craving for human applause. The current ranks of…
    - 28 days ago 25 May 18, 10:59pm -
  • Phil's Back

    Phil's Back

    by Phil Johnsont's been more than six years since I retired from the blogosphere. For half a decade, whenever someone would ask if I missed blogging, my honest answer was, "Not at all. Never even once." There wasn't a single moment in all those years…
    - 29 days ago 24 May 18, 9:59pm -
  • 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 -

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