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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Playing the Trump Card
    I get it. I really do. Americans are sick of career politicians with half-answers and more flip-flopping than Waffle House on a Friday night. Trump doesn’t give half answers and when he flips, he somehow makes you think it was only an oversight and…
    - 2 days ago 11 Feb 16, 12:15pm -
  • Was Jesus a Guru, a Lama, or Lord? Part 5
    Does God exist? This is one of the most fundamental questions to a worldview. Either He does or He doesn’t. Logic dictates that both cannot be right. This is the final discrepancy we shall look at between the Buddha and Jesus. We have seen thus far…
    - 2 days ago 11 Feb 16, 12:00pm -
  • Was Jesus a Guru, a Lama, or Lord? Part 4
    Doctrine matters. Many times doctrine is looked down upon these days. Teaching and rational thought are traded in for feeling, fuzzy interpretations, and noncommittal statements. But doctrine matters. It divides the wheat from the chaff and sets boun…
    - 5 days ago 8 Feb 16, 12:00pm -
  • Weigh Down Workshop a Cult?
    (This originally appeared in the Winter 2001 edition of the MCOI Journal) In the last issue of the Journal, our cover article exposed major problems in the doctrinal positions of Gwen Shamblin, leader of the very popular Weigh Down Workshops. As many…
    - 7 days ago 6 Feb 16, 12:00pm -
  • You Shall Know Them by Their Fruits…
    (This originally appeared in the Fall 2000 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 15) The most used and abused verse of Scripture among cults and pseudo-Christian groups, in my opinion, is Matthew 7:16 where Jesus said to His disciples, “You…
    - 9 days ago 4 Feb 16, 12:15pm -

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 (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…
    - 8 days ago 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…
    - 10 days ago 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…
    - 14 days ago 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…
    - 15 days ago 29 Jan 16, 5:00pm -
  • The Top 7 Things You Can't Do as a Moral Relativist

    The Top 7 Things You Can't Do as a Moral Relativist

    Moral relativism is the theory that denies that humans can possess any objective, universally meaningful knowledge, that there are any ultimate and unchanging metaphysical realities or that there are any moral absolutes. Philosopher Peter Kreeft said…
    - 96 days ago 9 Nov 15, 7:30am -
  • Book Review: God's Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

    Book Review: God's Crime Scene by J. Warner Wallace

    God's Crime Scene (Book, Promo Video) is the highly anticipated "sequel" to J. Warner Wallace's Cold Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. In his first investigation Wallace looks at the evidence for the clai…
    - 24 Oct 15, 6:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (10/16 - 10/23)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (10/16 - 10/23)

    - 23 Oct 15, 4:00pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

    The UmBlog

    • newMercy and sacrifice

      Mercy and sacrifice

      Matthew 9:3 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’Matthew 12:7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not…
      - 21 hours ago 12 Feb 16, 1:17pm -
    • Noah the climate alarmist

      Noah the climate alarmist

      From InhabitatAs a younger person encountering the bible story of Noah and the great flood I always wondered at all the neighbors who ignored his warnings for decades and only mocked him. Naively I asked myself, "how come no one listened to him?" Now…
      - 4 days ago 9 Feb 16, 8:00pm -
    • Check-out line theology

      Check-out line theology

      "Can I get the loyalty card discount?" he asked the kid at the register, "I had one like ten years ago, but I don't know where it is anymore." He went in on in gravelly voice from decades of smoking.The helpful kid responded, "Just type in your phone…
      - 6 days ago 7 Feb 16, 9:54pm -
    • Identifying with fellow humans (though not Christians) and the trouble that brings

      Identifying with fellow humans (though not Christians) and the trouble that brings

      Last week, my Twitter friend Morgan Guyton wrote a provocatively titled post, Is damnation of the other a cornerstone of evangelical belief?, with a provocative hypothesis in regards to Larycia Hawkins firing by the private Christian college in Illi…
      - 23 days ago 21 Jan 16, 12:51am -

    Apologetics Index

    • Characteristics of Cults

      Characteristics of Cults

      Concerted efforts at influence and control lie at the core of cultic groups, programs, and relationships. Many members, former members, and supporters of cults are not fully aware of the extent to which members may be manipulated, exploited, or even…
      - 62 days ago 12 Dec 15, 11:07pm -
    • Islam and Terrorism

      Islam and Terrorism

      'Islamic terrorism' refers to terrorist acts committed by Muslim groups or individuals who are motivated by Islamic or Islamist views. Condemned by most Muslims, Islamic terrorism is inspired by the concept of 'lesser Jihad' -- 'holy warfare' against…
      - 86 days ago 19 Nov 15, 8:39am -
    • Seventh-day Adventist Church

      Seventh-day Adventist Church

      The Seventh-day Adventist Church goes to great lengths to try and be accepted as a just another Christian denomination. But based on its serious doctrinal errors we believe it should instead be considered, theologically, a cult of Christianity.Read t…
      - 27 Oct 15, 3:16am -
    • Is Your Church Free from Cult-like Tendencies?

      Is Your Church Free from Cult-like Tendencies?

      Many people who have been subjected to spiritual abuse wonder, in looking back, why they stayed in an abusive church for so long.Often it turns out that the church in question grew more and more cult-like gradually.After all, most abusive churches do…
      - 17 Oct 15, 1:20pm -
    • Iglesia ni Cristo

      Iglesia ni Cristo

      Theologically Iglesia ni Cristo is a cult of Christianity because it denies essential doctrines of the Christian faith.Sociologically the movement has cult-like elements as well. We provide research resources for those who are confronted by this fast…
      - 29 Jul 15, 4:50pm -
    • Do Muslims, Jews and Christians worship the same God?

      Do Muslims, Jews and Christians worship the same God?

      The Quran states that Muslims, Jews and Christians worship the same God. However, when compared with the Jewish and Christian scriptures, the teachings of Quran show that Allah is not the same God worshipped by Jews and Christians.In fact, neither C…
      - 19 Jul 15, 10:01pm -
    • Abusive Churches: Chapter 1 — A View From Within

      Abusive Churches: Chapter 1 — A View From Within

      Chapter 1 of the book, "Churches That Abuse," by Ronald M. Enroth.An introduction to the problem of abusive churches and spiritual abuse.The entire bestselling book is available here, courtesy of the author.Read the full article: Abusive Churches: Ch…
      - 7 Jul 15, 1:41am -
    • Word of Faith Movement

      Word of Faith Movement

      The Word of Faith Movement (also known as Word-Faith or simply Faith Movement) is a popular, diverse subculture within the Christian Church.It is primarily known for its emphasis on the pursuit of health and especially wealth (the so-called "Prosperi…
      - 24 Jun 15, 9:18am -
    • Women in Christian Ministry

      Women in Christian Ministry

      Are women allowed to teach or pastor other Christians? There is disagreement between, and within, denominations.Viewpoints include the Traditional or Complementarian view, the Egalitarian view, and the Developing Egalitarian view.Read the full artic…
      - 1 Jun 15, 10:19pm -
    • Gloriavale Christian Community

      Gloriavale Christian Community

      Gloriavale Christian Community says it is modeled after the first church in Jerusalem. But the group's beliefs and practices actually mark it as a cult -- both theologically and sociologically.The group is under increasing media scrutiny as more and…
      - 28 Apr 15, 10:01pm -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    Ravi Zacharias

    • University of Florida Q&A, Part 1 of 3
      Why did God create the universe knowing many people wouldn’t accept him? What does that say about God and what does that say about Heaven and Hell? Listen as Ravi Zacharias brings the answers on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 1 day ago 12 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • What Happened After God’s Funeral, Part 4 of 4
      What are you going to choose to believe? That God is alive or that He is dead? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at the hope we have in God and the choice we have between living with God and dying with atheism.
      - 2 days ago 11 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • What Happened After God’s Funeral, Part 3 of 4
      Emptiness and confusion are the result of a life lived without God, but what other consequences are there to that way of thinking? Tune is as Ravi Zacharias shares the answers on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 3 days ago 10 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • What Happened After God’s Funeral, Part 2 of 4
      If God is dead, who replaces Him? What are the things that make you laugh or that make your heart break? Ravi Zacharias shares how these two questions are connected as he continues to look at the impact atheism has in a person’s life. That’s toda…
      - 4 days ago 9 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • What Happened After God’s Funeral, Part 1 of 4
      Does God exist? And if He doesn’t, what does that mean for me? Ravi Zacharias takes a look at what happens when a life, or a culture, rejects God. Tune in to Just Thinking as he examines the beliefs of atheists.
      - 5 days ago 8 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • Woodmen Valley Chapel Q&A, Part 3 of 3
      Does America have a plank in its eye in regards to how it treats other nations? How do you argue that there are universal moral absolutes? Listen as Stuart McAllister and Dale Fincher join Ravi Zacharias to answer these questions on today’s Just Th…
      - 8 days ago 5 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • Why I am Not an Atheist, Part 4 of 4
      If the philosophical foundations of our culture are destroyed, what happens to everything else? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias concludes his message as he looks at how depressing and meaningless a God-free world would look like and why God fi…
      - 9 days ago 4 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • Why I am Not an Atheist, Part 3 of 4
      If there is no God then there is no meaning to life. So what happens after you die? Ravi Zacharias continues to examine the atheistic worldview and he shares how you can find meaning in your life. That’s on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 10 days ago 3 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • Why I am Not an Atheist, Part 2 of 4
      Have you ever wondered what life would look like without God? If there was no God, how do you determine what is wrong and what is right? Tune in to today’s Just Thinking where Ravi Zacharias looks at what the practical application of atheism would…
      - 11 days ago 2 Feb 16, 6:00am -
    • Why I am Not an Atheist, Part 1 of 4
      Can God’s existence be proved or disproved? Are you able to effectively defend your faith at school or work? Listen as Ravi Zacharias looks at the dangers of modern philosophies as a way to help equip you to better defend your faith. That’s today…
      - 12 days ago 1 Feb 16, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • Against Mission Drift

      Against Mission Drift

      by Phil Johnson 've been retired from blogging for nearly four years now, and I almost forgot how to get back in here. Very few things (or people) could have persuaded me to come back.But I do sincerely love Thabiti Anyabwile, and after I poked at h…
      - 1 day ago 12 Feb 16, 5:18am -
    • God's Sovereignty and Grace at Zarephath

      God's Sovereignty and Grace at Zarephath

      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…
      - 2 days ago 11 Feb 16, 8:01am -
    • Math and Elections, Revisited

      Math and Elections, Revisited

      by F.X. TurkYes, Hello -- first things first: the content of this post is a modified reprint from 2012, and while the data has changed slightly regarding demographic mix, it is still a wildly-relevant post as you are about to go and vote in a state p…
      - 3 days ago 10 Feb 16, 3:28pm -
    • Getting your ducks in a row!

      Getting your ducks in a row!

      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…
      - 6 days ago 7 Feb 16, 8:01am -
    • Faith, Reason, Obedience, Sufficiency

      Faith, Reason, Obedience, Sufficiency

      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…
      - 9 days ago 4 Feb 16, 8:01am -
    • Spurgeon died 124 years ago today. B.H. Carroll's eulogy

      Spurgeon died 124 years ago today. B.H. Carroll's eulogy

      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 memorial address was given by B.H. Carroll, founder of Southw…
      - 13 days ago 31 Jan 16, 8:01am -
    • Spurgeon on “The golden alphabet," Psalm 119

      Spurgeon on “The golden alphabet," Psalm 119

      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, Prefatory word, pages 6-…
      - 20 days ago 24 Jan 16, 8:01am -
    • The Samson of divine truth

      The Samson of divine truth

      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 14…
      - 27 days ago 17 Jan 16, 8:01am -
    • Orthodoxy: The Most Important Agenda

      Orthodoxy: The Most Important Agenda

      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…
      - 30 days ago 14 Jan 16, 8:01am -
    • Healing of soul and body

      Healing of soul and body

      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 56, Pilgrim P…
      - 34 days ago 10 Jan 16, 8:01am -

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