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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Preventing LIE-Ability
    “A text without a context is a pretext.” This is something we learned very early on after becoming Christians. This applies to any literature – a novel, a newspaper, the Constitution and yes, certainly the Bible. A text is whatever it is we are…
    - 6 days ago 25 Aug 16, 6:42am -
  • Whose Moral Compass?
    Speaking at a women’s conference in 2015, Hillary Clinton asserted that “…deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed…” The fact that she would dare to challenge American’s cherished religious f…
    - 13 days ago 18 Aug 16, 6:51am -
  • Can the Leopard Change His Spots?: An Analysis of the Turbulent ICC
    (Originally printed in the Winter 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8 ) Introduction The International Churches of Christ, popularly known as the Boston Movement, has been one of America’s fastest growing religious groups for two dec…
    - 16 days ago 14 Aug 16, 2:57pm -
  • The Art of Manipulation
    Why do you believe what you believe? Why do you behave the way you behave? Peer pressure has a dramatic impact on social conformity. Human beings are quite susceptible to “group behavior,” and have an almost overwhelming desire to imitate the gro…
    - 20 days ago 11 Aug 16, 6:24am -
  • Who is Israel and Why You Need to Know: A Review of Batya Wooten’s “Who is Israel?”
    (Originally printed in the Winter 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 14 ) This is a book review. Why do I say this? You knew that if you perused the title of the article. So why do I state the obvious, dear reader? It is as much for me…
    - 22 days ago 8 Aug 16, 3:54pm -

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

  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/19 - 08/1926

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/19 - 08/1926

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace - 3.82• On Guard by William Lane Craig - 3.99• Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey - 2.99• Mere Apologetics by Alister E. McGra…
    - 4 days ago 26 Aug 16, 4:00pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/12 - 08/19)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/12 - 08/19)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace - 3.82• On Guard by William Lane Craig - 3.99• Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey - 2.99• Mere Apologetics by Alister E. McGra…
    - 11 days ago 19 Aug 16, 4:00pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/05 - 08/12)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/05 - 08/12)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• The Big Book of Christian Apologetics - 2.99• Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace - 3.82 • The Case for Hope by Lee Strobel - 1.99• Holman QuickSource Guide to…
    - 18 days ago 12 Aug 16, 4:00pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (01/29 - 02/05)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (01/29 - 02/05)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• More Than a Carpenter by Josh D. McDowell - 2.84• What Does the Bible Say About...? by Ron Rhodes - 2.99• God: A Philosophical Argument from Being by Norman L. Geisler…
    - 5 Feb 16, 5:00pm -
  • Free Live Stream: Daniel Wallace, Reliability of the Bible

    Free Live Stream: Daniel Wallace, Reliability of the Bible

    How do you respond to the claim that there are 200,000-400,000 variants in the New Testament manuscripts, surely making it historically unreliable? There are more variants than words in the New Testament? Free Live Stream presentation from Purdue Uni…
    - 3 Feb 16, 2:27pm -
  • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Book Review: Aborting Aristotle- Examining Fatal Fallacies in the Abortion Debate by Dave Sterrett

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Book Review: Aborting Aristotle- Examining Fatal Fallacies in the Abortion Debate by Dave Sterrett

    Dave Sterrett is the founder of Disruptive Truth, a non-profit organization that is disrupting culture with the truth of the Gospel. When his book Aborting Aristotle arrived in the mail this reader was very grateful. It could not have come at a mor…
    - 30 Jan 16, 7:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (01/22 - 01/29)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (01/22 - 01/29)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• More Than a Carpenter by Josh D. McDowell - 2.84• What Does the Bible Say About...? by Ron Rhodes - 2.99• New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham Veale - 2.99• God: A…
    - 29 Jan 16, 5:00pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

    The UmBlog

    • Gays and the New Jerusalem

      Gays and the New Jerusalem

      Disgustingly, some Christian pastors publicly celebrated the massacre at the Orlando gay nightclub in their sermons, on Youtube, and on their blogs. I will not provide links. Other conservative evangelical pastors were actually shaken enough to recon…
      - 67 days ago 24 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
    • Healthcare needs more than Jesus

      Healthcare needs more than Jesus

      In the last month, a Canadian family who let their son die of diabetes because they believed Jesus was enough to cure him were condemned in court for murder. Children's death by believers in the christian tradition of faith healing happen every year…
      - 75 days ago 17 Jun 16, 1:12am -
    • a life of charity

      a life of charity

      Bible translation is not simply replacing a hebrew, aramaic, or greek word for an equivalent in the receiver language.Take for example the greek New Testament word, "agape". In modern English translations it is translated to the word "love." In Jacob…
      - 76 days ago 15 Jun 16, 4:43pm -
    • America needs more than Jesus

      America needs more than Jesus

      In the wake of another mass shooting in the United States of America, some of us declare our country's need for Jesus. Yet, as this picture shows, Jesus is not enough.Because people can be faithful born again church goers who are also racists or miso…
      - 77 days ago 14 Jun 16, 3:18pm -

    Apologetics Index

    • 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, author of "Healing Spiritual Abuse."[ref]Ken Blue, Heali…
      - 24 days ago 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 the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this firs…
      - 52 days ago 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 dead, and claims his own son, Peter, was brought back to…
      - 61 days ago 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 diverse groups ('camps') of people mostly of Black Africa…
      - 63 days ago 28 Jun 16, 10:10pm -
    • Categories of Cults

      Categories of Cults

      This article highlights categories of cults. It has been excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing). This excerpt is posted at Apologetics Index by p…
      - 86 days ago 5 Jun 16, 10:15pm -
    • Prosperity Gospel : Research Resources

      Prosperity Gospel : Research Resources

      Articles, books, videos, websites and other research resources on the Prosperity Gospel, also known as Prosperity Theology or Prosperity Teaching. Questions, comments or suggestions? Contact us. Articles on the Prosperity GospelContentment: Antithesi…
      - 93 days ago 29 May 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 Scientology. [caption id="attachment_3274" align="alignce…
      - 98 days ago 24 May 16, 10:26pm -
    • Bill Johnson / Bethel Church, Redding, California

      Bill Johnson / Bethel Church, Redding, California

      Bill Johnson MinistriesBill and Brenda (Beni) Johnson are the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church in Redding, California.Bethel Church is a Charismatic church, firmly planted within the Word-Faith movement and within the Third Wave movement -- currently…
      - 15 May 16, 10:11pm -
    • Cult of Christianity

      Cult of Christianity

      The term 'cult of Christianity' is used of a group, church or organization whose central teachings and/or practices are claimed to be biblical or representative of biblical Christianity, but which are in fact unbiblical and not Christian in nature.Pr…
      - 10 May 16, 10:15pm -
    • Twelve Tribes — Research Resources

      Twelve Tribes — Research Resources

      ArticlesBeyond Cult Controversy: The Mate Peddlers of the Twelve Tribes The Reader, March 10, 2012Children of the Tribes: "In this country, we celebrate the First Amendment, which prevents the government from interfering with religious beliefs and pr…
      - 29 Mar 16, 10:47pm -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newA Life That Lost Its Focus: Saul, Part 2 of 4
      What kind of success have you experienced in your life? How did you respond? Is it possible for success to change a person? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias continues to look at the life of King Saul and the lessons we can learn from his life.
      - 16 hours ago 30 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • A Life That Lost Its Focus: Saul, Part 1 of 4
      When you are determined to go in a certain direction, it is possible that God just steps aside and allows you to go your own way? How can a life so full of promise and blessing from God have such a tragic ending? Listen for the answers as Ravi Zachar…
      - 2 days ago 29 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • Top Five Questions, Part 1 of 8
      - 5 days ago 26 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • Life’s Inescapable Questions, Part 4 of 4
      Has your life been transformed? What kind of results can you expect when that transformation happens? Are you ready to meet God? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias addresses the last of life’s inescapable questions.
      - 6 days ago 25 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • Life’s Inescapable Questions, Part 3 of 4
      Are you here on this earth by chance? Have you ever wondered what happens when you begin to disbelieve in God? If so, be sure to tune in to today’s Just Thinking where Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper look at these questions.
      - 7 days ago 24 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • Life’s Inescapable Questions, Part 2 of 4
      When was the last time you watched the news without hearing about violence happening somewhere in the world? Is there a way to reduce all of this violence apart from God? Listen as Ravi Zacharias tackles the first of life’s inescapable questions. T…
      - 8 days ago 23 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • Life’s Inescapable Questions, Part 1 of 4
      How do you answer life’s tough questions? Do you just avoid them? Ravi Zacharias looks at the series of questions asked in the book of Habakkuk. Find out what those questions have to do with your life on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 9 days ago 22 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • Naval Academy Q&A, Part 2 of 2
      Is secularization just the logical evolution of tolerance? In a relative world, how do you find an absolute? Ravi Zacharias brings the answer to these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 12 days ago 19 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • Who Is God? Part 4 of 4
      Are the events in your life just chance, or is it evidence of God working? Are you so busy that you don’t see God’s presence in your own life? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias shares an encouraging word as he concludes his message on discov…
      - 13 days ago 18 Aug 16, 6:00am -
    • Who Is God? Part 3 of 4
      What it holiness to you? People use that word to describe God, but what does that really mean? Ravi Zacharias examines these questions as he looks at the characteristics of God. That’s today on Just Thinking.
      - 14 days ago 17 Aug 16, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • “Gloried in, or else despised"

      “Gloried in, or else despised"

      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 59…
      - 3 days ago 28 Aug 16, 7:01am -
    • The government of God

      The government of God

      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 Treasury of David, Psalm 99, verse 4, Hen…
      - 10 days ago 21 Aug 16, 7:01am -
    • Possessing our possessions

      Possessing our possessions

      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 35…
      - 17 days ago 14 Aug 16, 7:01am -
    • Perpetuity

      Perpetuity

      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 33…
      - 24 days ago 7 Aug 16, 7:01am -
    • "Let your light so shine before men..."

      "Let your light so shine before men..."

      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 blo…
      - 27 days ago 4 Aug 16, 7:01am -
    • Proud clay?

      Proud clay?

      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 5, sermon…
      - 31 days ago 31 Jul 16, 7:01am -
    • Two Ways of Thinking

      Two Ways of Thinking

      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 blo…
      - 34 days ago 28 Jul 16, 7:01am -
    • What a change it is!

      What a change it is!

      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 43…
      - 38 days ago 24 Jul 16, 7:01am -
    • Our hope: transformed wolves

      Our hope: transformed wolves

      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 70, Pilgrim P…
      - 45 days ago 17 Jul 16, 7:01am -
    • The unequal yoke

      The unequal yoke

      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 50…
      - 52 days ago 10 Jul 16, 7:01am -

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