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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • The Church in Crisis
    by Don & Joy Veinot & Ron Henzel (Originally printed in the Winter/Spring 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 1) In a world awash in new religious movements—or what could properly be termed the “repaganization” of the world—Russe…
    - 2 days ago 2 May 16, 11:00am -
  • What is THIS doing in an Apologetics Journal?
    (Originally printed in the Summer 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 13) by Mike J. Knowles Does any of this sound familiar? Living day to day, minute to minute, wondering if it will ever get any better, wondering if the hurt and despai…
    - 3 days ago 30 Apr 16, 10:53pm -
  • Not-So-Satanic Values
    Joseph Laycock in an op-ed wonders if Satanists can affect political change in society. Things just keep getting stranger and stranger. The Temple of Satan has made its fame by taking advantage of religious freedom laws to pass out Satanist coloring…
    - 6 days ago 28 Apr 16, 11:15am -
  • For Crying Out Loud: A Book Review
    (Originally printed in the Summer 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8) Looking at Bill Gothard’s Book The Power of Crying Out: When Prayer Becomes Mighty We1 remember sitting in our little church singing the old hymn Power in the Blo…
    - 9 days ago 25 Apr 16, 11:00am -
  • The New American Fascism
    I don’t know if Bill Whittle is a Christian or not, but he is a clear thinker and able communicator. In this short video (about 7 minutes), he demonstrates how Progressives today are simply following the roadmap and tactics of fascists in pre-WW2 G…
    - 13 days ago 21 Apr 16, 11:15am -

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…
    - 88 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…
    - 90 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…
    - 95 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…
    - 95 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…
    - 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

    • The Bible is literary and sometimes literal Part 2: Jesus words

      The Bible is literary and sometimes literal Part 2: Jesus words

      I heard this proof text used today from Jesus' sermon on the mount in Matthew's gospel , Matt.5:17-18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, unti…
      - 8 days ago 25 Apr 16, 6:14pm -
    • Not everything biblical is Christian Part 21 - Phinehas the murderous priest esteemed for his zealotry

      Not everything biblical is Christian Part 21 - Phinehas the murderous priest esteemed for his zealotry

      I have two Bible stories for you.One day the Israelite people are camped on the border of the country of Moab. They were getting along swimmingly and romance blossomed. Moses, their leader, was upset because the Israelite men were enjoying not only M…
      - 20 days ago 14 Apr 16, 1:02am -
    • Not everything biblical is Christian part 20: condemnation

      Not everything biblical is Christian part 20: condemnation

      In the series "Not everything biblical is Christian" I've stayed on Bible texts specifically. For those who know the lingo, I have been proof-texting, pulling up a text, contrasting it to the life of Jesus and "proving" that they are in tension and r…
      - 26 days ago 7 Apr 16, 11:33pm -
    • the means is the ends

      the means is the ends

      It is a frequent assertion that "the ends do not justify the means." In our current American political climate, the ends promised by means of straight talk without political correctness will not differ from those means to achieve them. The scare quot…
      - 48 days ago 17 Mar 16, 1:49am -

    Apologetics Index

    • Twelve Tribes — Research Resources

      Twelve Tribes — Research Resources

      Research resources on the 'Twelve Tribes,' an international 'community of religious communes.' Considered to be theologically a cult of Christianity, sociologically Twelve Tribes has cult-like elements as well.Read the full article: Twelve Tribes —…
      - 35 days ago 29 Mar 16, 10:47pm -
    • Narconon, Scientology’s drug ‘rehab’ approach

      Narconon, Scientology’s drug ‘rehab’ approach

      Narconon is a residential rehab program aimed at treating substance abusers. The problem? Its approach is based on the medical views of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, considered by most to amount to nothing but quackery. TIME magazine has refe…
      - 40 days ago 25 Mar 16, 12:29am -
    • Ideological Totalism

      Ideological Totalism

      "Where totalism exists, a religion, a political movement, or even a scientific organization becomes little more than an exclusive cult," Dr. Robert Jay Lifton writes.A discussion of what is most central in the thought reform environment can thus lead…
      - 71 days ago 22 Feb 16, 5:16pm -
    • 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…
      - 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…
      - 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 -
    • Rick Joyner

      Rick Joyner

      Viewed by many as a modern-day prophet or apostle, Rick Joyner -- of MorningStar Ministries -- is a false prophet with an ongoing track record of aberrant, unorthodox and otherwise unsound teachings.His claims of receiving prophetic revelations shoul…
      - 12 Sep 15, 5:27pm -
    • Branch Davidians

      Branch Davidians

      The Branch Davidians are a religious group that originated from a schism in the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists, a sect of the the Seventh-day Adventist Church.Many Branch Davidians died in a controversial, ill-advised U.S. government operation -- wh…
      - 12 Aug 15, 8:54am -
    • Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus

      Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus

      The Universal Church of God (Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus) promotes Word-Faith teachings, with a particular emphasis on the 'seed-faith' doctrine that is at the root of the prosperity gospel. (Want something from God? Give money. Want more?…
      - 1 Aug 15, 5:52am -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newInterpreting Failures, Conserving Victories, Part 2 of 4
      Do your struggles have a purpose or is it just bad luck? How can God use your failures in life to help grow you spiritually? Listen as Ravi Zacharias looks at the purpose of your struggles on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 20 hours ago 3 May 16, 6:00am -
    • Interpreting Failures, Conserving Victories, Part 1 of 4
      How can you be sure God is listening to you? Is a personal encounter with Jesus necessary for salvation? What about repentance? Is that necessary for salvation or is believing enough? Ravi Zacharias tackles these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 2 days ago 2 May 16, 6:00am -
    • Pastor’s Conference Q&A, Part 2 of 5
      Is today’s church what God intended it to be? How do you respond to your loved ones when they say they don’t need religion? If your beliefs teach you to simply be good, isn’t that enough? Tune in as Ravi Zacharias tackles these questions on t…
      - 5 days ago 29 Apr 16, 6:00am -
    • If the Foundations be Destroyed, Part 4 of 4
      What is the final foundational pillar God gave us to build a moral foundation? As you watch our culture shift away from a moral foundation, what can you do? Ravi Zacharias answers these questions on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 6 days ago 28 Apr 16, 6:00am -
    • If the Foundations be Destroyed, Part 3 of 4
      Is anything considered wrong in our culture anymore? It seems like things that were morally wrong before are now accepted. Can our culture survive without a foundation for determining what is right and wrong? Ravi Zacharias tackles this question on t…
      - 7 days ago 27 Apr 16, 6:00am -
    • If the Foundations be Destroyed, Part 2 of 4
      What happens when society operates on a worldview different from the one it was built on? What does that mean for you? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias looks at the foundational pillars God has given us to build a sturdy life and what happe…
      - 8 days ago 26 Apr 16, 6:00am -
    • If the Foundations be Destroyed, Part 1 of 4
      What happens if a foundation isn’t built correctly? It begins to crumble right? So what would happen if the moral foundations of our culture were destroyed? Listen as Ravi Zacharias tackles this question on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 9 days ago 25 Apr 16, 6:00am -
    • Pastor’s Conference Q&A, Part 1 of 5
      Can you answer a question without being biased? Why is it that there are some people who are chosen and others who are not? Wouldn’t that mean that the Gospel message is not for everyone and just for the elect? Listen as Ravi Zacharias answers thes…
      - 12 days ago 22 Apr 16, 6:00am -
    • God and Remembrance, Part 4 of 4
      How does God use your memory in your relationship with Him? Ravi Zacharias shares the final way God uses your memory for His glory as he concludes his message about the importance of memory in our lives. That’s on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 13 days ago 21 Apr 16, 6:00am -
    • God and Remembrance, Part 3 of 4
      In a world that seems to be drifting away from God, what role does God want you to play? Are you willing to team up with God and accept that role? What does that have to do with your memory? Ravi Zacharias tackles these questions on today’s Just T…
      - 14 days ago 20 Apr 16, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • Stir, song, and swagger?

      Stir, song, and swagger?

      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 "Only a prayer meeting!" page 18, Pilgrim Pub…
      - 3 days ago 1 May 16, 7:01am -
    • More than "just the facts"

      More than "just the facts"

      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…
      - 6 days ago 28 Apr 16, 7:01am -
    • “Thy Kingdom Come"

      “Thy Kingdom Come"

      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 34, Pilgrim P…
      - 10 days ago 24 Apr 16, 7:01am -
    • The Healing of the Man Born Blind

      The Healing of the Man Born Blind

      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…
      - 13 days ago 21 Apr 16, 7:01am -
    • Unsung Heroes

      Unsung Heroes

      by F.X. TurkI have no idea if you people know this or not, but this blog doesn't write itself.  The main contribution to this blog for the last few years has been by two men who are, largely and by design, anonymous and invisible.  They are the one…
      - 15 days ago 18 Apr 16, 2:57pm -
    • Crown Him Lord of all...maybe?

      Crown Him Lord of all...maybe?

      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…
      - 17 days ago 17 Apr 16, 7:01am -
    • Humiliated vs Humbled

      Humiliated vs Humbled

      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…
      - 20 days ago 14 Apr 16, 7:01am -
    • His-story

      His-story

      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 60…
      - 24 days ago 10 Apr 16, 7:01am -
    • "Take care lest you forget Yahweh"

      "Take care lest you forget Yahweh"

      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…
      - 27 days ago 7 Apr 16, 7:01am -
    • Kings

      Kings

      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 Words of Cheer, pages 28-29, Pilgrim Publicat…
      - 31 days ago 3 Apr 16, 7:01am -

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