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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • newFerguson, Factual Leaps & Fanciful Conclusions
      Watching Lou Costello abandon definition and context in his math equations is a bit fun I have to admit. Those of us who laugh at the joke do so because we know the truth. But what if you lived in a time or culture that had become bereft of sound…
    - 18 hours ago 21 Aug 14, 9:54pm -
  • Why is Sex is the Canary in the Coal Mine?

    Why is Sex is the Canary in the Coal Mine?

      If you are not familiar, dear reader, the term “Canary in a coal mine” is an expression rooted in history. Coal miners would bring a canary down into the coal mine to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide or methane. The deadly gases woul…
    - 8 days ago 14 Aug 14, 11:15am -
  • Bill Gothard and the Continuing Sex Scandal

    Bill Gothard and the Continuing Sex Scandal

    When we first wrote our book, A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and the Christian Life we chose to not spend much time on Bill’s behavior with staff secretaries. There were several reasons for this. First, we were and continue to be convin…
    - 15 days ago 7 Aug 14, 11:15am -
  • Faith – Happily Tossing Logic Out the Window
    I picked up a quote from author Stephen King a few years back. I don’t recall where I got it but thought it was interesting: “The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the fir…
    - 22 days ago 31 Jul 14, 11:15am -
  • 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 36 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…
    - 43 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 ]…
    - 50 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…
    - 57 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…
    - 64 days ago 19 Jun 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

  • Read Along: Chapter Three—Paul's Athens

    Read Along: Chapter Three—Paul's Athens

    Today we begin Chapter Three of the Read Along with Apologetics 315 project. This is a chapter-by-chapter study through the book The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World by Paul Copan and Ken…
    - 1 day ago 21 Aug 14, 6:30am -
  • Terminology Tuesday: Egoism

    Terminology Tuesday: Egoism

    Egoism: The theory that humans do or should seek only their own individual happiness. Psychological egoism holds that as a matter of fact people seek always and only their own good. Moral egoism holds that it is right or good that humans should act…
    - 3 days ago 19 Aug 14, 6:30am -
  • Book Review: Programming of Life by Donald E. Johnson

    Book Review: Programming of Life by Donald E. Johnson

    Programming of Life by Donald E. Johnson (paperback or video) came to my attention fairly recently. The prospect of a case for God's existence being made from my area of training (computer science) especially caught my attention. The fact that the au…
    - 6 days ago 16 Aug 14, 9:15pm -
  • Weekly Apologetics Bonus Links (08/08 - 08/15)

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

    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 Guide to…
    - 7 days ago 15 Aug 14, 4:00pm -
  • Read Along: Chapter Two—Was Paul's Speech at Athens a Mistake?

    Read Along: Chapter Two—Was Paul's Speech at Athens a Mistake?

    Today we begin Chapter Two of the Read Along with Apologetics 315 project. This is a chapter-by-chapter study through the book The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World by Paul Copan and Kenne…
    - 8 days ago 14 Aug 14, 6:30am -
  • Read Along Introduction: Interview with Paul Copan

    Read Along Introduction: Interview with Paul Copan

    Tomorrow we are launching another weekly Read Along program. (For the past two Read Along’s, see here and here.) The goal: group book study and discussion, one chapter at a time. This will be a Thursday feature, starting tomorrow, August 7, 2014. S…
    - 12 days ago 10 Aug 14, 3:30pm -
  • Read Along: Chapter One—Welcome to Athens

    Read Along: Chapter One—Welcome to Athens

    Today we begin our with Chapter One in the Read Along with Apologetics 315 project. This is a chapter-by-chapter study through the book The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World by Paul Copan a…
    - 12 days ago 10 Aug 14, 3:30pm -

BeneDiction Blogs On

  • MK Safety Net Canada

    MK Safety Net Canada

    Christian Week highlights the entry of MK Safety Net into Canada, and the tremendous pro-active work they do  ’immersed in the struggles and pain experienced by survivors.’ “When MKs start talking about their abuse and they are told, ‘Get ov…
    - 12 days ago 11 Aug 14, 12:51am -
  • Crossroads Television System (CTS) re-branding

    Crossroads Television System  (CTS) re-branding

    It appears that Crossroads Television System (CTS) is re-branding itself,  CTS will become YES TV this fall. Yestv.com was registered by Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. out of Burlington in 1998, and was updated last month according to WH…
    - 12 days ago 11 Aug 14, 12:29am -
  • Good News for British Columbia, indeed.

    Good News for British Columbia, indeed.

    - 23 days ago 30 Jul 14, 9:10pm -
  • 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…
    - 42 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…
    - 49 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…
    - 50 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 →
    - 58 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…
    - 58 days ago 25 Jun 14, 5:31am -

The UmBlog

  • murder in Ferguson Mo.

    murder in Ferguson Mo.

    I can't look away from the Twitter updates on Ferguson. I retweet so many non-white voices, especially of those in Ferguson. Racism is a huge issue in this murder of a young man, Michael Brown, by a white police office, Darren Wilson. Racism in Ameri…
    - 5 days ago 17 Aug 14, 7:03pm -
  • your enemies

    your enemies

    Jesus says many difficult things in his famous Sermon on the Mount, recorded by Matthew in the 5th chapter of his gospel.43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pra…
    - 12 days ago 11 Aug 14, 3:17am -
  • 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…
    - 28 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…
    - 40 days ago 14 Jul 14, 12:26am -

Apologetics Index

  • Mark Driscoll

    Mark Driscoll

    Mark Driscoll, dubbed the "Cussing Pastor" of Mars Hill Church, faces increasing opposition from people who question his controversial behavior. In the wake of recent controversies regarding plagiarism and apparent manipulation of the bestselling…
    - 18 days ago 4 Aug 14, 11:09pm -
  • 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…
    - 61 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…
    - 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…
    - 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
    - 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 -

Real Clear Apologetics

  • Resources to Help You Respond to the Problem of Evil (Free Bible Insert)
    - 2 days ago 20 Aug 14, 12:36pm -
  • John Frum and the Jesus Myth
    I’ve had exchanges with a Christ myther who has posited the case of the John Frum “cargo cult” as an example of how a person could be invented wholesale and inserted into history, just as Christ myther’s suppose Jesus was. Although I have not…
    - 7 days ago 15 Aug 14, 3:04pm -
  • Human Sacrifice at Gibeon?
    2 Samuel 21:1-9 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. And the king called the Gibeon…
    - 21 days ago 1 Aug 14, 3:24pm -
  • 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 34 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…
    - 35 days ago 19 Jul 14, 3:14am -

Ravi Zacharias

Pyromaniacs

  • newSome here, some there — August 22, 2014

    Some here, some there — August 22, 2014

    by Dan PhillipsRemember to check back at day's end, as this may be updated without note through the day.My friend Prof. David Murray gives five important questions to ask a depressed person. It's worth listening to, if only for the accent. Related…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Aug 14, 1:58pm -
  • A right way and a wrong way to be "careful"

    A right way and a wrong way to be "careful"

    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 blog…
    - 1 day ago 21 Aug 14, 7:01am -
  • 8 days later

    8 days later

    by Frank TurkTechnically, I am still on hiatus.You know, I have been at this for more than a decade.  I've been doing this since before there were hit counters, and before some people realized they could make careers (or at least: make up their own…
    - 2 days ago 20 Aug 14, 7:01am -
  • The sting of sending a sluggard: Preaching a single verse from a chiasm in Proverbs

    The sting of sending a sluggard: Preaching a single verse from a chiasm in Proverbs

    by Dan PhillipsI'm coming to the end of preaching the first ten chapters of Proverbs verse by verse, hoping to help my folks be able to win any ¿Quien es mas macho? competition among pastors. Well, that, and other things.So as I shared, Duane Gar…
    - 3 days ago 19 Aug 14, 7:01am -
  • "Tell them that again"

    "Tell them that again"

    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…
    - 5 days ago 17 Aug 14, 7:01am -
  • Some here, some there — August 15, 2014

    Some here, some there — August 15, 2014

    by Dan PhillipsThe argument could be made that bloggers condition loyal readers to expect to receive high-quality product at zero cost. Is that the case? Hm.Well, relax and enjoy. But don't be ridiculous about it.BTW, it's the nature of this kind of…
    - 7 days ago 15 Aug 14, 1:32pm -
  • Teaching Sound Doctrine, Adorning the Gospel

    Teaching Sound Doctrine, Adorning the Gospel

    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…
    - 8 days ago 14 Aug 14, 7:01am -
  • A Preview of Things to Come

    A Preview of Things to Come

    by Frank TurkHappy Wednesday.  I spent the day yesterday working and raising kids and helping a couple in my care group at church decide to buy a house.  I engaged in efforts to save my employer 10x my salary in the next 90 days, and it looks like…
    - 9 days ago 13 Aug 14, 11:59am -
  • Pastoral ministry: a call for Biblical thinking

    Pastoral ministry: a call for Biblical thinking

    by Dan Phillips(See what I did there?)The notion that pastor's are "called" to ministry is so enmeshed in evangelical culture that it is common for writers not even to bother attempting a Biblical demonstration of the idea. Consider this article as…
    - 10 days ago 12 Aug 14, 7:01am -
  • How to live

    How to live

    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 Speeches at Home and Abroad, pages 68-69, Pil…
    - 12 days ago 10 Aug 14, 7:01am -

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