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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Amazing Grace
    On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the news services across the nation lit up with news of a multiple shooting – cold blooded murder in a South Carolina church, Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. The pastor, Clementa C. Pinckney (who, as it happens is als…
    - 7 days ago 25 Jun 15, 6:15am -
  • Why Do You Hate Gays?
    “Why do you hate gays?” This question/accusation is often hurled at Christians and others who disagree with changing the definition of marriage to allow for same sex unions that are called “marriages.” But does disagreement with the claims an…
    - 14 days ago 18 Jun 15, 6:15am -
  • A Very Different Approach When Witnessing to the Jehovah’s Witnesses
    By Jay Hess (This originally appeared in the March/April 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 4) Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) seems to be a paradoxical ministry. Since the JWs claim to hold to the authority of God’s Word,…
    - 16 days ago 15 Jun 15, 8:00pm -
  • An Evening with Bill Gothard
    (This originally appeared in the March/April 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 6) On December 4, I997, three members of Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc. (Ron Henzel, Marty Butz, and Don Veinot) met with seminar minister Bill Gothard…
    - 18 days ago 13 Jun 15, 7:02pm -
  • Fear of Flying
    (This originally appeared in the March/April 1998 edition of the MCOI Journal) People often wonder why it’s so hard for people to leave cult groups, even when they’re made aware of very damning facts about the group. Even more mystifying is the l…
    - 19 days ago 13 Jun 15, 2:31am -

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 (06/12 - 06/26)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (06/12 - 06/26)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians and Skeptical Seekers by Lee Strobel - 1.99• The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias - 2.99• Jesus Among Other Gods by R…
    - 6 days ago 26 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (06/05 - 06/12)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (06/05 - 06/12)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Five Views on Apologetics - 2.99• Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends - 2.99• Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians…
    - 20 days ago 12 Jun 15, 4:00pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/29 - 06/05)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/29 - 06/05)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Five Views on Apologetics - 2.99• Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends - 2.99• Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians…
    - 26 days ago 6 Jun 15, 4:59pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/22 - 05/29)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/22 - 05/29)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Five Views on Apologetics - 2.99• Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends - 2.99• Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians…
    - 34 days ago 29 May 15, 4:00pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/15 - 05/22)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/15 - 05/22)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Five Views on Apologetics - 2.99• Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends - 2.99• Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians…
    - 41 days ago 22 May 15, 4:00pm -
  • Book Review: Rock Solid by Tom Gender

    Book Review: Rock Solid by Tom Gender

    Rock Solid (paperback and GoodReads) is Tom Gender's latest addition to the library of books available to those who wish to defend the truth of Christianity. It takes a very straightforward and organized approach of defending six crucial doctrines of…
    - 47 days ago 16 May 15, 6:30am -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/08 - 05/15)

    Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (05/08 - 05/15)

    Here are this week's recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.KINDLE DEALS:• Five Views on Apologetics - 2.99• Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends - 2.99• Finding the Real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians…
    - 48 days ago 15 May 15, 4:00pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

    The UmBlog

    • Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 14 - dehumanization

      Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 14 - dehumanization

      When Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan he tried to enlighten his listeners on the principle that we are all children of God. All of us are each other's neighbors. He wants all of us to love our neighbors. In the kingdom of Jesus, there is no…
      - 4 days ago 28 Jun 15, 11:00am -
    • Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 13 - women as household property, like farm animals

      Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 13 - women as household property, like farm animals

      Deuteronomy is a rich source for these topics. It is such a schizophrenic book. There are progressive ideas right next to crazy, crazy stuff. I'm not sure there is any coherence to these verses and chapters, sort of like Proverbs or James, but a coll…
      - 4 days ago 27 Jun 15, 10:53pm -
    • Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 12 - social constructs

      Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 12 - social constructs

      Hey JohnboyDeuteronomy is a rich source for these topics. It is such a schizophrenic book. There are progressive ideas right next to crazy, crazy stuff. I'm not sure there is any coherence to these verses and chapters, sort of like Proverbs or James,…
      - 14 days ago 18 Jun 15, 12:11am -
    • Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 11 - divorce

      Not everything Biblical is Christian. Part 11 - divorce

      Dear JohnboyIt's been awhile since the last letter. It's funny that it has taken me this long to write about the most straightforward example from the mouth of Jesus in the gospels that not everything biblical is Christian. Divorce as discussed in Ma…
      - 56 days ago 7 May 15, 12:43am -

    Apologetics Index

    • 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…
      - 8 days ago 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…
      - 30 days ago 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…
      - 64 days ago 28 Apr 15, 10:01pm -
    • Rapture

      Rapture

      Many Christians believe that either before, or simultaneously with, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to earth, believers who have died will be raised from the dead and that they -- together with believers who are still alive -- shall be caught up ('…
      - 70 days ago 23 Apr 15, 8:15am -
    • Scripture Twisting Methods of the Cults

      Scripture Twisting Methods of the Cults

      Cults of Christianity misinterpret and misuse the Bible in support of doctrines and/or practices which place them outside the boundaries of the Christian faith.Here are 20 ways that cults twist the teachings of the Bible.Read the full article: Script…
      - 86 days ago 7 Apr 15, 10:18am -
    • Christian Science

      Christian Science

      Christian science (The First Church of Christ, Scientist) is neither Christian nor scientific.This religious movement's denial and/or re-interpretation of key Biblical doctrines mark it as, theologically, a cult of Christianity.Nevertheless, in many…
      - 21 Feb 15, 5:27pm -
    • Dead Agenting

      Dead Agenting

      "Dead Agenting" is Scientology jargon for a policy instituted by L. Ron Hubbard, the cult's founder, in which Scientologists attempt to discredit critics. Reportedly a prime example of the practice will be seen ahead of the premiere of Alex Gibney's…
      - 16 Jan 15, 11:03am -
    • Being Negative Is Not Always Bad

      Being Negative Is Not Always Bad

      Truth is not measured by the pleasant feelings it elicits and truth-telling is not determined by the pleasantness of the sentiments expressed.Whereas some Christians seem to think that the ultimate virtue is to be agreeable, God's, true spokespeople…
      - 3 Jan 15, 1:25am -
    • The Modern “Grace Message” — Revolution or Rebellion?

      The Modern “Grace Message” — Revolution or Rebellion?

      - 2 Dec 14, 11:01pm -
    • Quran

      Quran

      Muslims believe the Torah and the Gospel have been changed and corrupted over time. Consequently, the Quran was needed to correct the errors in the corrupted books. It finalizes the truth from God as transmitted from the archangel Gabriel, recited b…
      - 8 Oct 14, 10:01pm -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newSeductions of the Soul, Part 3 of 4
      Do you feel like Satan is just waiting for the opportune moment to strike? It seems like Satan always knows when we are down and the temptation is often subtle enough that we may not even realize it. On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks t…
      - 23 hours ago 1 Jul 15, 6:00am -
    • Seductions of the Soul, Part 2 of 4
      How do you combat the temptations Satan throws at you? We have all experienced some kind of temptation, even Jesus. Listen as Ravi Zacharias looks at what we can learn from the temptations Jesus endured. That’s today on Just Thinking.
      - 2 days ago 30 Jun 15, 6:00am -
    • Seductions of the Soul, Part 1 of 4
      What temptation do you struggle with the most? Would you give into that temptation if the price was right? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at the afflictions of the heart and how we can combat them.
      - 3 days ago 29 Jun 15, 6:00am -
    • Fourth Presbyterian Q&A, Part 1 of 3
      How do you share the gospel with a Jewish friend? Or with a psychiatrist? Michael Ramsden and Stuart McAllister join Ravi Zacharias to answer these questions and others. That’s today on Just Thinking.
      - 6 days ago 26 Jun 15, 6:00am -
    • Mind the Gap, Part 4 of 4
      What dreams do you have for your life? Have they always gone as planned? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at how God is at work, even when we cannot see it.
      - 7 days ago 25 Jun 15, 6:00am -
    • Mind the Gap, Part 3 of 4
      Do you want to blame God when someone you love experiences pain or dies unexpectedly? Why does God allow that to happen? How can He answer some prayers but not all? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias brings encouragement for those struggles with…
      - 8 days ago 24 Jun 15, 6:00am -
    • Mind the Gap, Part 2 of 4
      How do you react when God does not answer your prayers the way you had hoped? How do you avoid slipping into disbelief or being angry with God? Ravi Zacharias addresses these issues, today on Just Thinking.
      - 9 days ago 23 Jun 15, 6:00am -
    • Mind the Gap, Part 1 of 4
      Have you ever prayed for some specific and then the exact opposite happens? There is often a gap between what we expect from God and what He provides. Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at how we can overcome that gap.
      - 10 days ago 22 Jun 15, 1:38pm -
    • University of Washington Q&A, Part 4 of 4
      Is it possible our purpose is more about how we got there rather than the final result? Has Christianity borrowed some of its beliefs from pagan ideas? Ravi Zacharias tackles these difficult questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 13 days ago 19 Jun 15, 6:00am -
    • The Lostness of Man, Part 4 of 4
      How has humanity fallen so far? Can we find the right path again? Today on Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias digs into the scriptures as he looks at man’s separation from God and contrasts it with the redemption Christ offers.
      - 14 days ago 18 Jun 15, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • newSomething Dreadful

      Something Dreadful

      by F. X. TurkAs I take a summer vacation from my permanent hiatus, I want you to think about something with me for a moment."Hypochondriasis" was first diagnosed as we understand it today in the 19th century.  This debilitating condition is the resu…
      - 22 hours ago 1 Jul 15, 7:01am -
    • SCOTUS: Spurgeon's Comments On The Ungodly Supremes

      SCOTUS: Spurgeon's Comments On The Ungodly Supremes

      Spurgeon's comments applied to the Supreme Court's attempts to void the law of God; from Leviticus 5:17-18. The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from the lifetime of works from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spur…
      - 3 days ago 29 Jun 15, 12:10pm -
    • Be glad!

      Be glad!

      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 Morning and Evening, September 22, McDonald P…
      - 4 days ago 28 Jun 15, 7:01am -
    • Tweeting the Supreme Court's latest face-plant: forcing "gay" "marriage" on America

      Tweeting the Supreme Court's latest face-plant: forcing "gay" "marriage" on America

      by Dan PhillipsSo now we  know, if we didn't already, that the American Congress actually has 509 seats, given that the unelected tyrants sitting on the Supreme Court regard it as their job to create legislation and impose it on their subjects.Th…
      - 5 days ago 26 Jun 15, 5:36pm -
    • Disagreeing with Jesus

      Disagreeing with Jesus

      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…
      - 7 days ago 25 Jun 15, 7:01am -
    • How the Charleston tragedy cries out for God

      How the Charleston tragedy cries out for God

      by Dan PhillipsThe facts, as reported and as related in sterile prose, are simple enough.Last Wednesday, June 17, a young man walked into the church congregation of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and sat through a prayer meeting. A…
      - 9 days ago 23 Jun 15, 7:01am -
    • Seen with Him

      Seen with Him

      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 "Seen with Christ in the garden," from The Te…
      - 11 days ago 21 Jun 15, 7:01am -
    • Some Here, Some There — June 18, 2015

      Some Here, Some There — June 18, 2015

      by Dan PhillipsSmall but fun start; check back at noon TX time to see what I've added.Valerie and I did a whirlwind road trip to California over the last nearly two weeks, passing through the LA area, the Sierra, Sacramento in CA; and also parts of A…
      - 13 days ago 19 Jun 15, 7:01am -
    • "Zealous for the ordinary life"

      "Zealous for the ordinary life"

      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…
      - 14 days ago 18 Jun 15, 3:52pm -
    • Our last journey

      Our last journey

      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 23…
      - 18 days ago 14 Jun 15, 7:01am -

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