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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Partying Like It’s 1648: Why Muslims Are So Different
    Depending on who you listen to, Muslims in the U.S. either want Sharia law to the be the law of the land here, or they don’t. They are either seeking to transform North America into the next caliphate, or they’re not. They either want to impose o…
    - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 1:25pm -
  • Invested
    I have been reading Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford. One of our supporters, who had been personally involved with several authoritarian groups, sent the book to me. She had been intrigued by Tim Harford’s idea of being…
    - 9 days ago 16 Mar 17, 6:51am -
  • 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…
    - 16 days ago 9 Mar 17, 7:48am -
  • Cultural Thin Ice
      I don’t always agree with Doug Wilson at Blog and Mablog, which goes without saying but, of course, must be said in the age of Twitter where guilt by association has risen to high art. Don’t even assume I agree with everything he says in the b…
    - 23 days ago 2 Mar 17, 7:44am -
  • Schadenfreude Ain’t a Town in Germany
    There are a whole lot of people right now that are very happy. They are happy because the tide of the culture war seems to have shifted. The President nominated a sane and fair man for the Supreme court. The department of Education won’t declare wa…
    - 30 days ago 23 Feb 17, 7:51am -

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

  • 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…
    - 16 days ago 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 -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Inerrancy

    Terminology Tuesday: Inerrancy

    Inerrancy: The doctrine that the Bible is completely trustworthy and contains no errors. The doctrine is normally qualified in a number of ways. The Bible is said to be inerrant in the original autographs, and it is said to be without error only when…
    - 4 Oct 16, 6:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (09/23 - 09/30)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (09/23 - 09/30)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Is God Just a Human Invention? by Sean McDowell - 1.99 (A SUPERB general apologetics book; HIGHLY recommended). Read along with it here!WEEKLY LINKS:• Rapid Response: Who…
    - 30 Sep 16, 1:29pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

    The UmBlog

    • Changing minds in a post-truth society

      Changing minds in a post-truth society

      After reading this long article by David Roberts at Vox I've been thinking about the possible solution to his detailed analysis of the problem, tribal epistemology. Roberts has little to offer for soultions except the self-acknowledged trope "listen…
      - 2 days ago 24 Mar 17, 1:09am -
    • Not everything biblical is Christian part 22 - the Jesus hermeneutic

      Not everything biblical is Christian part 22 - the Jesus hermeneutic

      Even Jesus explicitly refutes a flat reading of the bible, where every verse in one part of the Bible, say Joshua's genocidal passages, have the same weight in understanding God as the passages where Jesus himself, claiming to be equal to God, descri…
      - 15 days ago 10 Mar 17, 3:08pm -
    • up in the balcony

      up in the balcony

      Jesus talks about generosity in terms on not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing. The metaphor works on his teaching to not trumpet our charity but rather to keep it quiet, so that our Father who sees in secret will reward us. H…
      - 30 days ago 23 Feb 17, 2:06pm -
    • book report: Tempting Faith by David Kuo 2006

      book report: Tempting Faith by David Kuo 2006

      Before he passed away from brain cancer, David Kuo, a Republican speech writer and political activist wrote his memoir about the clash between his earnest faith and the politics that kept prevailing over it, Tempting Faith, and inside story of politi…
      - 55 days ago 29 Jan 17, 8:57pm -

    Apologetics Index

    • Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF)

      Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-IL5xG-UcEAP In-depth investigation, February 27, 2017 The Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF), in Spindale, North Carolina (USA), presents itself as a...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l…
      - 25 days ago 28 Feb 17, 8:22am -
    • Followers of Christ Church

      Followers of Christ Church

      The Followers of Christ church -- a religious cult whose unbiblical, deadly faith healing practices have left a trail of dead children -- is currently [February, 2017] in the news again.In Idaho,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
      - 27 days ago 26 Feb 17, 11:15pm -
    • Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Membership Covenant

      Five Reasons to Say No to a Church Membership Covenant

      Church Membership Contracts or Covenants: Should you sign them?Jesus, in his sermon on the mount, had this to say about oaths:But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
      - 46 days ago 7 Feb 17, 11:16pm -
    • Stephen A. Kent, Ph. D.

      Stephen A. Kent, Ph. D.

      Professor Stephen A. Kent researches new and alternative religions, combining perspectives from sociology with religious studies. Associated with the Department of Sociology at the University of...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
      - 25 Oct 16, 4:20am -
    • C. Peter Wagner

      C. Peter Wagner

      C. Peter Wagner (August 15, 1930-October 21, 2016) was a professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He coined the term Third Wave. A theologian,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful…
      - 21 Oct 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...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo…
      - 18 Oct 16, 10:26pm -
    • Seventh-day Adventist Church

      Seventh-day Adventist Church

      What:The Seventh-day Adventist Church is the largest denomination of Adventism. The latter is a Christian sect started in the 19th century in the USA by William Miller, a Baptist lay preacher...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
      - 16 Oct 16, 2:16am -
    • Andrew Cohen

      Andrew Cohen

      Andrew Cohen, Evolutionary Enlightenment and EnlightenNextSeptember, 2016: Cult leader Andrew Cohen (Evolutionary Enlightenment, EnlightenNext) is back after a three year 'sabbatical.' He has...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f…
      - 15 Oct 16, 6:51am -
    • 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…
      - 5 Oct 16, 10:10pm -
    • 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,...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
      - 6 Aug 16, 10:51pm -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    Ravi Zacharias

    • First Presbyterian Church of Orlando Q&A, Part 2 of 2
      What does a gravestone marker have to do with Ravi’s conversion? And how does he stay encouraged in a climate where it is so easy to be cynical? Be sure to tune in to this unique Q&A session on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 1 day ago 24 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • Faith Under Fire – Christian Ethics in the Workplace, Part 4 of 4
      What is one of the greatest ethical thing you can do in your life? Find out as Ravi Zacharias concludes his message on the importance of living with a Christian ethic, and the impact that has on your individual life and the nation. That’s today on…
      - 2 days ago 23 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • Faith Under Fire – Christian Ethics in the Workplace, Part 3 of 4
      How do you measure progress or regress in a world without absolutes? Do you reach a certain point when your values are no longer applicable? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias explores the reasons it’s important to find your purpose in God.
      - 3 days ago 22 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • Faith Under Fire – Christian Ethics in the Workplace, Part 2 of 4
      Have you ever thought about what the mission statement for your life would look like? How can you build character that can resist the world’s temptations? To help answer these questions Ravi Zacharias examines the life of Solomon. That’s on today…
      - 4 days ago 21 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • Faith Under Fire – Christian Ethics in the Workplace, Part 1 of 4
      Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about a successful nation and a successful life? Do you reach a certain point when your values are no longer applicable? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias begins to examine the importance of ethics…
      - 5 days ago 20 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • First Presbyterian Church of Orlando Q&A, Part 1 of 2
      What kinds of childhood experiences shaped Ravi? Tune in to today’s Just Thinking to hear a unique Q&A session into the background and personal life of author and apologist Ravi Zacharias.
      - 8 days ago 17 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • Connecting the Heart and the Mind, Part 4 of 4
      How can you hold on to hope and find renewal when during trials and struggles? Is hope something more than an emotional response? Listen as Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper look at these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 9 days ago 16 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • Connecting the Heart and the Mind, Part 3 of 4
      How can you begin to experience deep transformation as a Christian? Have you ever wondered what the abundant life Jesus promises in the New Testament really look like? Be sure to tune in to today’s Just Thinking as Ravi Zacharias continues to look…
      - 10 days ago 15 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • Connecting the Heart and the Mind, Part 2 of 4
      How can you find the balance between feeling and thinking? Is there a way to know which one to follow? Listen as Ravi Zacharias examines this question and continues to discuss the new emphasis placed on feeling within the emergent church. That’s t…
      - 11 days ago 14 Mar 17, 6:00am -
    • Connecting the Heart and the Mind, Part 1 of 4
      How do you begin to bridge the heart and mind when you’re dealing with hard issues? Or, how do you wrestle with difficult passages in the Bible when dealing with pain and suffering in your life? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias answers these…
      - 12 days ago 13 Mar 17, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • “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…
      - 6 days ago 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…
      - 13 days ago 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…
      - 20 days ago 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…
      - 27 days ago 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…
      - 34 days ago 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…
      - 41 days ago 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…
      - 48 days ago 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…
      - 55 days ago 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…
      - 69 days ago 15 Jan 17, 8:01am -
    • “Thou wilt prepare their heart"

      “Thou wilt prepare their heart"

      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 40…
      - 76 days ago 8 Jan 17, 8:01am -

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