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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • newThe Challenge of Communication: Defining Terms
    I often have to think about the challenge of communication, not only in our articles or public teaching but also in my day-to-day interaction with others. Sometimes when talking with someone, I get the distinct feeling that, although we may be using…
    - 15 hours ago 21 Sep 17, 7:54am -
  • Spiritual Disciplines and the Appearance of Wisdom
    Writing to the Colossians in the First Century, the Apostle Paul warned about certain spiritual disciplines that had “the appearance of wisdom” (Colossians. 2:23) but, in fact, conflicted with sound biblical teaching and were very harmful to the…
    - 8 days ago 14 Sep 17, 7:33am -
  • A History of Sinners
    Lately, barely a day goes by that doesn’t have a news story about the removal or destruction of a Civil War historical monument or the unearthing of the graves of Confederate soldiers. The destruction extends to historical figures such as Christoph…
    - 15 days ago 7 Sep 17, 6:37am -
  • Can we get clear about free speech?
    I write about free speech a lot; wrote my doctoral dissertation on it. I speak around the country occasionally defending free speech. Mainly I do this because I believe the first amendment protections are the only thing standing between Christians an…
    - 22 days ago 31 Aug 17, 11:06am -
  • Answering a Critic
    An individual saw last week’s blog, “Moral Fluidity” and shared it on his webpage, first by quoting snippets from our article and then by offering his commentary (we have also done a webcast on this as well): If we allow the gays to marry, next…
    - 29 days ago 24 Aug 17, 6:29am -

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

  • Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

    Coming Soon: The Revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students

    The forthcoming revised Apologetics Study Bible for Students is for those who desire to always be "...ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you..." (1 Peter 3:15). General editor Sean McDowell exp…
    - 79 days ago 5 Jul 17, 6:30am -
  • Book Review: The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth By Kenneth Francis

    Book Review: The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth By Kenneth Francis

    The strength of this book is simultaneously its greatest drawback: it is too short – just 25,000 words. Its very brevity is, of course, central to its dynamism. It seeks to hook in the curious and the unconvinced, to hold them in its grip for a sho…
    - 80 days ago 4 Jul 17, 6:30am -
  • William Lane Craig in Ireland 2017

    William Lane Craig in Ireland 2017

    At long last, William Lane Craig will be visiting Ireland as part of the Reasons for Hope 2017 Tour. This tour includes stops in Cork, Dublin, and Belfast with debates and talks by William Lane Craig and John Lennox. All the events are listed here, s…
    - 9 Mar 17, 3:12pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 11 Oct 16, 2:28pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

    The UmBlog

    • You don't need a bible verse

      You don't need a bible verse

      to be a decent human being! I think many of us use Bible verses to be selfish though.Sometimes Christians can be the greatest humanitarians and sometimes the worst. My country has elected Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump. One freed millions of enslav…
      - 24 days ago 29 Aug 17, 12:29am -
    • all these deaths - to what end?

      all these deaths - to what end?

      World War 2 was started by agressive nations motivated in part by racial supremacy. Hitler told Germans and Austrians that they were the superior race of Aryans. He also used the European Jewish population as a scapegoat for all the ills they had bro…
      - 37 days ago 15 Aug 17, 3:55pm -
    • I thought all lives matter - don't be a sucker

      I thought all lives matter - don't be a sucker

      In response to the meme #blacklivesmatter some white supremacists tried to counter with the meme #alllivesmatter. African Americans have consistently responded saying "black lives matter" does not contradict all lives matter but points to the problem…
      - 38 days ago 14 Aug 17, 5:37pm -
    • The self-righteous Pharisee and the tax collector

      The self-righteous Pharisee and the tax collector

      In today's daily office reading Jesus tells this parable.Luke 18:9-14 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men…
      - 9 Jun 17, 1:36pm -

    Apologetics Index

    • Cults as Power Structures

      Cults as Power Structures

      The following article has been excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing). It is posted at...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for…
      - 17 days ago 4 Sep 17, 10:19pm -
    • Some Red Flags When Evaluating a Ministry

      Some Red Flags When Evaluating a Ministry

      By David KowalskiAnytime we are just getting acquainted with a ministry, we look for ways to evaluate it. Sometimes problematic elements are obvious from the beginning but at others the problems...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
      - 81 days ago 2 Jul 17, 10:21pm -
    • Who Joins Cults, And Why?

      Who Joins Cults, And Why?

      The following copyrighted article has been excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing). It is...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f…
      - 91 days ago 22 Jun 17, 10:31pm -
    • 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…
      - 96 days ago 17 Jun 17, 10:10pm -
    • Cafeteria Religion

      Cafeteria Religion

      Cafeteria Religion / Salad Bar ReligionThe term Cafeteria Religion, also known as Salad Bar Religion, denotes the trend in which people pick and choose religious beliefs, doctrines and practices -...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
      - 97 days ago 16 Jun 17, 10:21pm -
    • Why do some people return to a cult?

      Why do some people return to a cult?

      The following message -- originally titled, "Towards A New Model Of 'Cult Control'" -- was posted to the alt.religion.scientology newsgroup, on Feb. 23, 2000. It is reproduced here by the kind...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
      - 99 days ago 14 Jun 17, 5:25pm -
    • Witchcraft Goes Mainstream, by Brooks Alexander

      Witchcraft Goes Mainstream, by Brooks Alexander

      The publishers of Apologetics Index have received permission from Brooks Alexander to post online the full text of his book, Witchcraft Goes MainstreamWhile the book is currently out of print it...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
      - 16 May 17, 10:08pm -
    • Jehovah’s Witnesses — A Cult of Christianity

      Jehovah’s Witnesses — A Cult of Christianity

      This is a continuation of our older entry on Jehovah's Witnesses -- Newer resources will be placed on this page.Jehovah's WitnessesThe religious sect was founded in the 1870s and 1880s by Charles...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
      - 13 Apr 17, 10:20pm -
    • Is Scientology compatible with Christianity?

      Is Scientology compatible with Christianity?

      Summary: Scientology is incompatible with ChristianityThe Church of Scientology is a controversial new religion developed by L. Ron Hubbard as an extension of his earlier psychological theories of...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
      - 10 Apr 17, 10:45pm -
    • Chapter 4: Abusive Churches Misuse Spiritual Authority

      Chapter 4: Abusive Churches Misuse Spiritual Authority

      Chapter 4: Authority and PowerAbusive Churches Misuse Spiritual AuthorityChapter 1: A View From WithinChapter 2: Fringe and Fanaticism - Abusive Churches Can Go Over The EdgeChapter 3: Abusive...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs…
      - 3 Apr 17, 10:10pm -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    • God’s Existence
      - 79 days ago 4 Jul 17, 8:42pm -
    • Cooper’s Philosophical Blunders
      Cathy Cooper has written a case against Christianity here.  In it she presents objections to the kalam cosmological argument, the moral argument, Christianity’s unique claims, and Jesus’s divinity.  Today, I’ll deal with the first two. Kalam…
      - 21 Jun 12, 9:59am -
    • Failure
      William Lane Craig addresses the issue of failure that humans face.
      - 11 Jun 12, 10:53am -
    • Evidence for the Resurrection
      William Lane Craig argues for the resurrection of Jesus.
      - 11 Jun 12, 10:45am -
    • Do All Roads Lead to God?
      This was a lecture given by William Lane Craig at UC Santa Barbara in 2004.
      - 11 Jun 12, 10:34am -
    • Can We Be Good Without God?
      William Lane Craig addresses the issue of whether or not humans can be good without God.
      - 10 Jun 12, 11:49pm -

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newThe Constancy of God in a Changing World, Part 4 of 4
      How do you cope with the loss of a loved one? Are you having difficulty seeing beyond the grief? Ravi Zacharias shares how even the most difficult change can be used for God’s glory, on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 17 hours ago 21 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • The Constancy of God in a Changing World, Part 3 of 4
      Are you struggling to see the significance of your life? Your life has value whether you realize it or not. On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias discusses how knowing your purpose can help you understand your value.
      - 2 days ago 20 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • The Constancy of God in a Changing World, Part 2 of 4
      Do you feel like your life has no purpose? If so, be sure to join us today on Just Thinking as Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper look into how God gives you meaning for your life and how you may be missing the bigger picture.
      - 3 days ago 19 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • The Constancy of God in a Changing World, Part 1 of 4
      What kind of changes are going on in your life right now? We all must go through changes in life, but Ravi Zacharias looks at the three changes we face as a Christian and how they can help us navigate through other changes that come your way. That’…
      - 4 days ago 18 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • Atlanta Banquet Q&A, Part 2 of 3
      How do you respond to someone who believes in God but wants nothing to do with Him? What can we do to better theologically prepare the students training to be pastors? Ravi Zacharias tackles these questions today on Just Thinking.
      - 7 days ago 15 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • The Mystery of Evil and the Miracle of Life, Part 4 of 4
      How are you doing lately when it comes to self-control? Is that something you struggle with? What does self-control have to do with evil? Ravi Zacharias looks at the link between these two, today on Just Thinking.
      - 8 days ago 14 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • The Mystery of Evil and the Miracle of Life, Part 3 of 4
      What happened to encourage all of the evil that is in the world today? What does truth have to do with the reality of evil? Listen as Ravi Zacharias looks at the answers to these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 9 days ago 13 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • The Mystery of Evil and the Miracle of Life, Part 2 of 4
      The news is filled with stories of evil, but have you ever wondered what provokes people to commit acts of murder and violence? To answer that question we first need to define evil and Ravi Zacharias looks at Christ’s definition of evil on today’…
      - 10 days ago 12 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • The Mystery of Evil and the Miracle of Life, Part 1 of 4
      What is my purpose? Why is there evil in the world? Have you ever wondered about these questions? Ravi Zacharias looks at what these two questions have in common as he explores the four struggles secularism can’t deal with, today on Just Thinking.
      - 11 days ago 11 Sep 17, 6:00am -
    • Atlanta Banquet Q&A, Part 1 of 3
      Do you know how to defend your Christian beliefs, or why apologetics is important? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at the importance of apologetics as he answers these questions.
      - 14 days ago 8 Sep 17, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • 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 -
    • Living drainpipes

      Living drainpipes

      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, page 41, Pilgrim P…
      - 19 Feb 17, 8:01am -
    • Gone

      Gone

      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 22…
      - 12 Feb 17, 8:01am -
    • The Church of the first-born

      The Church of the first-born

      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…
      - 5 Feb 17, 8:01am -
    • “gods many and lords many"

      “gods many and lords many"

      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 30…
      - 29 Jan 17, 8:01am -
    • The great procession

      The great procession

      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 20…
      - 15 Jan 17, 8:01am -

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