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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Our Burn Out Youth Group

    Our Burn Out Youth Group

    I recall years ago watching former pro football player, Rosey Grier on the Mike Douglas Show. Two things got my attention. The first was, this big, tough football player was knitting while they talked. Douglas asked if anyone made fun of him and with…
    - 6 days ago 24 Jul 14, 11:15am -
  • Urban Apologetics: A Review

    Urban Apologetics: A Review

    We regularly receive books from publishers for possible reviews. Many of them are good and by authors we are familiar with on topics we know well and can commend the new resource. On rare occasions we receive a book that is something more. As I sat d…
    - 13 days ago 17 Jul 14, 11:15am -
  • Apologetics for Your Obligatory Hobby Lobby Conversation Part 2
    By now you’ve probably had your fill of Hobby Lobby on your Facebook feed.  Last week I tried to deal with some of the more substantive objections to the Hobby Lobby decision. This week I want to take a look at some of the more irresponsible and i…
    - 20 days ago 10 Jul 14, 11:15am -
  • Apologetics for Your Obligatory Hobby Lobby Conversation Part 1
    Part of America is relieved. Part of America is incensed. So basically it’s status quo. The nine wise ones have decided and, as a Christian, I’m relieved. In First Things Robert George sums up why most Christians are relieved: As [Richard John ]…
    - 27 days ago 3 Jul 14, 11:05am -
  • Bill Gothard: Wounds or Kisses?
    As many are aware, IBLP issued a statement titled A Time of Transition which was posted on June 17, 2014. In the statement we read: In response to allegations against Bill Gothard, the Board sought the facts through a confidential and thorough revie…
    - 34 days ago 26 Jun 14, 11:05am -
  • Leveraging Lunacy: How Bill Gothard Rode a Wave of Evangelical Goofiness
    Recently, an old article of mine, “Trapped in the Shadow of ‘God’s Anointed’: Breaking free from an Unbiblical Concept” (MCOI Journal, Volume 8 No. 3, Fall 2002, pp. 12-15) was re-posted by the Recovering Grace (RG) web site, which is devot…
    - 41 days ago 19 Jun 14, 11:05am -
  • Profaning the Sacred
    This week, dear reader, I want to respond to my dear friend Ben Dyer’s critique of my post of what happened with Harvard’s black mass.You can read my original post here. You can read Ben’s response here.  Here’s Ben’s summary of what happe…
    - 48 days ago 12 Jun 14, 11:05am -
  • Reflections on Bill Gothard and the Church in Singapore

    Reflections on Bill Gothard and the Church in Singapore

    The things I appreciated most about the pastors and Board of S-Word Evangelical Free Church in Singapore is their passion for God and their zeal to guard and shepherd the flock. They meet in 3 suites on one of the upper floors of a light industrial b…
    - 55 days ago 5 Jun 14, 11:05am -
  • An Apologetic for Mourning
    This past week has had highs and lows which were a little more extreme than usual. I had the privilege of going to Singapore and teaching at the S-Word Evangelical Free Church. They were gracious servant hosts and the congregation was wonderful—I w…
    - 62 days ago 29 May 14, 11:05am -
  • Bonfire of the Profanities
    This week, dear reader, I am happy to welcome back Ben Dyer to our humble blog. Ben is a good friend and graduate of Talbot School of Theology. Ben has written a reply to my last post. Ben takes me to task, so to speak, for missing the import of the…
    - 69 days ago 22 May 14, 11:05am -

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

  • newTerminology Tuesday: Simplicity

    Terminology Tuesday: Simplicity

    Simplicity: Two senses: (1) hard-to-describe but desirable lack of complexity in scientific theories; (2) the divine attribute of being completely unified and having no distinct parts. In philosophy of science, it is widely accepted that scientists…
    - 18 hours ago 29 Jul 14, 6:30am -
  • Sunday Quote: Francis Bacon on Study

    Sunday Quote: Francis Bacon on Study

    "Let no one think or maintain that a person can search too far or be too well studied in either the book of God's word or the book of God's works." - Francis BaconApologetics 315 is a non-profit charitable organization. You can support this work here…
    - 3 days ago 27 Jul 14, 6:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (07/18 - 07/25)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (07/18 - 07/25)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Alive: A Cold-Case Approach to the Resurrection - 1.99• Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? by WLC - 3.99• A To Z With C. S. Lewis by Louis A. Markos - 0.99• Holman QuickSour…
    - 4 days ago 25 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • Matt Slick Interview Transcript

    Matt Slick Interview Transcript

    The following transcript is from an Apologetics 315 interview with Matt Slick. Original audio here. Transcript index here. If you enjoy transcripts, please consider supporting, which makes this possible.BA: Hello, this is Brian Auten, of Apologetics…
    - 5 days ago 24 Jul 14, 2:06pm -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Logical Positivism

    Terminology Tuesday: Logical Positivism

    Logical Positivism: Philosophical movement arising out of the Vienna Circle of philosophers in Austria after World War I. Logical positivism combined the commitment to empiricism found in nineteenth-century positivism (Comte) with the type of logica…
    - 8 days ago 22 Jul 14, 6:30am -
  • Sunday Quote: Francis Schaeffer on Truth

    Sunday Quote: Francis Schaeffer on Truth

    "If Christianity is really true, then it involves the whole man, including his intellect and creativeness. Christianity is not just 'dogmatically' true or 'doctrinally' true. Rather, it is true to what is there, true in the whole area of the whole ma…
    - 10 days ago 20 Jul 14, 6:30am -
  • Book Review: Navigating Genesis: A Scientist's Journey through Genesis 1-11 by Hugh Ross

    Book Review: Navigating Genesis: A Scientist's Journey through Genesis 1-11 by Hugh Ross

    Reviewer's IntroductionI was introduced to astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross (president of Reasons to Believe) in the early 90's but did not really begin investigating his model of origins until the mid 2000's when my view of origins and my Christian worl…
    - 11 days ago 19 Jul 14, 6:30am -

BeneDiction Blogs On

  • Two of the most scary video soundbites that I have recently heard

    Two of the most scary video soundbites that I have recently heard

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission It takes some doing for Todd Bentley or a friend/supporter of his to leave me a bit gobsmacked by something they say. Let’s turn a last time to Todd Bentley’s appearance … Continue readin…
    - 18 days ago 11 Jul 14, 11:28pm -
  • Todd Bentley on History Channel Canada

    Todd Bentley on History Channel Canada

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission (My main post on Todd Bentley’s appearance on History TV Canada June 1, 2 and 4.) Todd Bentley, the noted faith-healing Canadian evangelist, was featured in a History TV Canada program … Co…
    - 25 days ago 4 Jul 14, 6:30pm -
  • People who live in glass houses shouldn’t star in documentaries

    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t star in documentaries

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission. Big thanks to blogger Peter T. Chattaway at Patheos, who brings us the latest news about Hillsong United. Next Easter, Warner Brothers will release Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, a documentary conce…
    - 26 days ago 3 Jul 14, 5:25pm -
  • Todd Bentley’s first try to get a reality show, and the angel that missed the plane

    Todd Bentley’s first try to get a reality show, and the angel that missed the plane

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission {The first part of what will probably be a lengthy post on Todd Bentley’s appearance on History TV Canada July 1, 2, and 4) Did you know that the “Reno Outpouring … Continue reading →
    - 34 days ago 26 Jun 14, 3:29am -
  • So much for sneaking into B.C….

    So much for sneaking into B.C….

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission If Todd Bentley had been hoping to sneak into Langley B.C., that might not be happening now. Douglas Todd, the veteran religion reporter for The Vancouver Sun, has noticed that Todd … Continu…
    - 35 days ago 25 Jun 14, 5:31am -
  • Saturday! In a steel cage! (Or Justin Peters on Todd Bentley)

    Saturday! In a steel cage! (Or Justin Peters on Todd Bentley)

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission Expect lots of listeners for this (internet) CrossEncounters Radio episode. I’m hearing about it days before it is to air! Tony Milano is scheduled to interview Justin Peters about his confro…
    - 42 days ago 17 Jun 14, 8:11pm -
  • “I’m NOT praying for you” doesn’t mean “Sometimes people don’t get healed.”

    “I’m NOT praying for you” doesn’t mean “Sometimes people don’t get healed.”

    By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission. Justin Peters’ confrontation with Todd Bentley, blogged about here a few days ago, appears to be  a story that “has legs” as we used to put it back in my old … Continue reading →
    - 43 days ago 16 Jun 14, 11:35pm -
  • Todd Bentley sneaks back in to British Columbia

    Todd Bentley sneaks back in to British Columbia

    By Rick Hiebert. Used by Permission All Rights Reserved Todd Bentley is making a quick visit to his native British Columbia, the first quietly public activity here, since the collapse of the Lakeland Revival. He grew up on B.C.’s Sunshine … Conti…
    - 44 days ago 16 Jun 14, 5:07am -

The UmBlog

  • Elisha the Israeli prophet and excessive force

    Elisha the Israeli prophet and excessive force

    Elijah was a great prophet in Israel's history. After he was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, his successor, Elisha, steps into the role and does even more miraculous things. Many of his miracles are recapitulated a thousand years later in the mini…
    - 4 days ago 26 Jul 14, 12:10am -
  • book response: The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage by Mark Achtemeier

    book response: The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage by Mark Achtemeier

    All Christians wrestle with applying Jesus' second highest commandment, the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31. The conservative church in the United States, has felt this is overruled by othe…
    - 16 days ago 14 Jul 14, 12:26am -
  • Defending the needy or not

    Defending the needy or not

    At my job's weekly Bible study we've been going through  a year long Bible survey, and this week we discussed Jeremiah. We only read the first five chapters of Jeremiah and the middle chapter of Lamentations, but God is hot from the beginning, 1:14-…
    - 74 days ago 16 May 14, 3:06pm -
  • Tornado alley housing

    Tornado alley housing

    I wrote about jumbo straw bale houses in 2013 as possible upgrades in housing after massive tornado destruction. I think straw bale housing is a great idea in the Midwest where straw is an abundant resource. For the homes destroyed further south, cem…
    - 90 days ago 30 Apr 14, 1:51pm -

Apologetics Index

  • 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…
    - 37 days ago 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 Mo…
    - 87 days ago 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…
    - 89 days ago 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
    - 92 days ago 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 or…
    - 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…
    - 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 Hubbar…
    - 8 Dec 13, 1:57am -
  • The Bondage of Congregational Elitism

    The Bondage of Congregational Elitism

    Lust for a feeling of spiritual superiority can be exploited by dishonest or abusive leaders. --Written by David Kowalski, Read the full article: The Bondage of Congregational Elitism at Apologetics Index
    - 6 Dec 13, 8:10am -
  • al-Shabaab

    al-Shabaab

    Updated: Learn more about al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based Islamist terrorist group behind the September, 2013, attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.--Written by Anton Hein-Hudson, Read the full article: al-Shabaab at Apologetics Index
    - 23 Sep 13, 11:05pm -
  • God TV

    God TV

    God TV, an international 'christian' TV network that broadcasts from Jerusalem, is like a copy-cat version of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which is notorious for broadcasting countless preachers and teachers whose teachings and practices range f…
    - 17 Sep 13, 5:21pm -

Real Clear Apologetics

  • 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…
    - 9 days ago 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…
    - 10 days ago 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…
    - 11 days ago 19 Jul 14, 3:14am -
  • Betrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, and Dishonesty (Pt. I of III)

    Betrand Russell on Christianity, Fear, and Dishonesty (Pt. I of III)

    Betrand Russell, the famous British mathematician and philosopher of the early twentieth century, offered this stance up as an alternative to Christianity (or Judaism, or Islam, or…): “We want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square a…
    - 11 days ago 19 Jul 14, 3:11am -
  • The Resurrection Appearances and “Altered States of Consciousness”
    There are signals on the horizon of a new variation we might see Skeptics use as an alternative theory to explain the Resurrection, though it will probably be a case of misuse rather than use. In Flights of the Soul (hereafter FOS), a member of the C…
    - 11 days ago 18 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • Is Apologetics Elitist?
    Of late, an accusation has been raised in response to one of my projects that appeal to the expertise of scholars is somehow “elitist” — as though it means that God left some things not understandable to the common man. I’ve had that accusati…
    - 29 days ago 30 Jun 14, 2:44pm -

Ravi Zacharias

Pyromaniacs

  • newSome here, some there

    Some here, some there

    by Dan PhillipsMy "muse," apparently, is taking the day off. It happens. In the interim, here are some posts and thingies here and there, worth noting.First, an interview with m'man Phil Johnson. Always worth listening to. I have a picture of the wi…
    - 11 hours ago 29 Jul 14, 2:15pm -
  • "Precious"

    "Precious"

    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 Sermons Preached on Unusual Occasions, page 4…
    - 3 days ago 27 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • Academics: pastor as tour-guide

    Academics: pastor as tour-guide

    by Dan PhillipsPreaching through Proverbs has been such an adventure to me. The book of Proverbs been a love and special focus of mine for almost four decades. I've had the opportunity to do the occasional conference, lots of articles, and this boo…
    - 5 days ago 25 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • Don't disdain "the true and the beautiful"

    Don't disdain "the true and the beautiful"

    by Frank TurkFrom 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 in…
    - 6 days ago 24 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • 7 Things Ain't Nobody Got to Teach Me

    7 Things Ain't Nobody Got to Teach Me

    by Clark Briscoll OK: this is not a break in my hiatus.  What this is, is my poking around in the blog archives trying to find a post which I can convert into a bible study for a situation I have volunteered for at church tomorrow.  I actually did…
    - 7 days ago 23 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • Charismatics degrading revelation? Must be a day ending in a "y"

    Charismatics degrading revelation? Must be a day ending in a "y"

    by Dan PhillipsThe speaker here is Jennifer LeClaire. She's not some obscure figure off on the fringe; she is news editor at Charisma magazine — which I guess is the leaky-Canoneers' organ of record? At any rate, she's written books, she's got a…
    - 8 days ago 22 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • The brilliant future will arise out of the gloom

    The brilliant future will arise out of the gloom

    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 Sermons preached on unusual occasions, pages…
    - 10 days ago 20 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • The public reading of Scripture: ten pointed pointers

    The public reading of Scripture: ten pointed pointers

    by Dan PhillipsSome of the specifics of the elements of our services have little or no specific Scriptural directive; some are just common-sense. For instance, there's no apostolic instruction about how to handle (or whether to have) announcements, o…
    - 12 days ago 18 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • "The Neo-Liberal Stealth Offensive"

    "The Neo-Liberal Stealth Offensive"

    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…
    - 13 days ago 17 Jul 14, 7:01am -
  • Music/worship style: a small-to-mid-sized church conundrum

    Music/worship style: a small-to-mid-sized church conundrum

    by Dan PhillipsI realize that the premise is legitimately debatable, but for the sake of this discussion, we'll assume that the various styles I'll mention are all legitimate, and usable by Biblically-faithful churches. We're not comparing (A) sin…
    - 15 days ago 15 Jul 14, 11:55am -

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