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Midwest Christian Outreach

  • Aliens and Strangers
    Biblically speaking, Christians are strangers and foreigners in a strange and foreign land. We are to be ambassadors for Christ for our time on Earth, though our true citizenship is already in heaven. As ambassadors, how should we interact with the l…
    - 7 days ago 19 May 16, 11:15am -
  • Christophobia
    In a previous blog post, I wrote about sociologists finally recognizing that evangelicalism is viable ideology to study seriously. Well now two sociologists are studying another aspect of life that most evangelicals have experienced at one time or an…
    - 14 days ago 12 May 16, 11:15am -
  • Harry and Larry decide to marry
    The supersonic speed with which popular views on sexuality seem to be changing is dizzying. Christians and traditionalists look at their country in amazed dismay – how could the moral underpinning in this country have been abandoned so quickly –…
    - 21 days ago 5 May 16, 11:15am -
  • 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…
    - 24 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…
    - 25 days ago 30 Apr 16, 10:53pm -

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

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    The UmBlog

    • The Parable of the Fig Tree

      The Parable of the Fig Tree

      I live in Connecticut where we have plenty of pick-your-own apple orchards to visit in the autumn. I love the crazy looking old trees like this one. They look like a lost cause, but the only reason they are around is because they can still pop out th…
      - 2 days ago 23 May 16, 7:07pm -
    • getting opposite "feels" for trans people

      getting opposite "feels" for trans people

      The national conversation on transgendered persons has boiled down to feelings.Some feelings are of the "creeped out" strain.Some feelings are of the religiously guided form.But feelings are not a useful guide to policy on civil rights.Because some o…
      - 12 days ago 13 May 16, 5:55pm -
    • 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…
      - 30 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…
      - 42 days ago 14 Apr 16, 1:02am -

    Apologetics Index

    • Scientology — Disconnection

      Scientology — Disconnection

      Scientology's cruel disconnection policy breaks up friendships, business relationships, and even families. This policy is one of the reasons that we consider Scientology to be a hate group.The destructive cult denies the policy exists, but there are…
      - 1 day ago 24 May 16, 10:26pm -
    • Bill Johnson / Bethel Church, Redding, California

      Bill Johnson / Bethel Church, Redding, California

      Pastored by 'apostle' Bill Johnson, Bethel Church in Redding, California is an influential church in the so-called New Apostolic Reformation (NAR).The NAR is a heterodox movement in Protestant Christianity in which people follow present-day apostles…
      - 10 days ago 15 May 16, 10:11pm -
    • Cult of Christianity

      Cult of Christianity

      The term ‘cult of Christianity‘ is used of a group, church or organization whose central teachings and/or practices are claimed to be biblical or representative of biblical Christianity, but which are in fact unbiblical and not Christian in natur…
      - 15 days ago 10 May 16, 10:15pm -
    • Spiritual abuse

      Spiritual abuse

      Among the most-visited pages within Apologetics Index, those dealing with various aspects of spiritual abuse -- sometimes called religious abuse -- rank very high. Throughout this week we will be updating our list of research resources on abusive chu…
      - 17 days ago 8 May 16, 9:51pm -
    • 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 —…
      - 57 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…
      - 62 days ago 25 Mar 16, 12:29am -
    • Ideological totalism: “Isn’t this just like brainwashing?”

      Ideological totalism:  “Isn’t this just like brainwashing?”

      "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…
      - 93 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 -

    Real Clear Apologetics

    Ravi Zacharias

    • newThe Basis for Truth, Part 3 of 5
      How many decisions have you made this week? You’re surrounded by choices almost every day from restaurants to religion. On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias takes a look at the downside of having some many options and what that means for trut…
      - 22 hours ago 25 May 16, 6:00am -
    • The Basis for Truth, Part 2 of 5
      Why is it that Christians are assumed to be prejudiced, but non-Christians are assumed to be objective? What kind of impact has secularization had on our culture and what does that mean for the future? Ravi Zacharias takes a deeper look at these ques…
      - 2 days ago 24 May 16, 6:00am -
    • The Basis for Truth, Part 1 of 5
      Is there anything in our world that you can be certain about anymore? That seems impossible in a world where ethics and morals seem to change all the time. Listen as Ravi Zacharias looks at where truth begins and what the basis for truth is. That’s…
      - 3 days ago 23 May 16, 6:00am -
    • Who Is Jesus? (And Why Does it Matter?) Part 5 of 5
      Have you ever thought about how much God really loves you? The future looks grim without God, but Ravi Zacharias shares how hopeful things look with God. That’s on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 6 days ago 20 May 16, 6:00am -
    • Who Is Jesus? (And Why Does It Matter?) Part 4 of 5
      If Jesus isn’t who He says He is, what does that mean for you? Your purpose, meaning and human dignity is lost in the absence of Jesus. Listen as Ravi Zacharias explains his reasoning for those stations on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 7 days ago 19 May 16, 6:00am -
    • Who Is Jesus? (And Why Does It Matter?) Part 3 of 5
      Have you ever felt bad for someone who was in pain or dealing with rejection? Where does your human dignity come from and how does that connect with who Jesus is? Ravi Zacharias brings the answer to that question on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 8 days ago 18 May 16, 6:00am -
    • Who Is Jesus? (And Why Does It Matter?) Part 2 of 5
      What reasons do you have to believe the words of Jesus? What does the law of non-contradiction have to do with the identity of Jesus? On today’s Just Thinking, Ravi Zacharias explains why this law is important not just to the Christian faith, but t…
      - 9 days ago 17 May 16, 6:00am -
    • Who Is Jesus? (And Why Does It Matter?) Part 1 of 5
      Who is Jesus? Do you know how you would answer that question if someone asked you? If Jesus who He claimed to be and if so, how do we respond to that? Listen as Ravi Zacharias why the identity of Jesus matters on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 10 days ago 16 May 16, 6:00am -
    • Pastor’s Conference Q&A, Part 4 of 5
      Have you ever experienced something bad in your life? Did you ever wonder during those times how a good and loving God could allow death, pain and suffering? Listen as Ravi Zacharias brings the answer on today’s Just Thinking.
      - 13 days ago 13 May 16, 6:00am -
    • The Inner Ache of Loneliness, Part 4 of 4
      Why does worship give your life meaning? How can worship help cure your loneliness? If you’re struggling with loneliness today be sure to tune in to today’s Just Thinking where Ravi Zacharias answers these questions.
      - 14 days ago 12 May 16, 6:00am -

    Pyromaniacs

    • “Small rain"

      “Small rain"

      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 We Endeavour, pages 118-119, Pilgrim Publicat…
      - 4 days ago 22 May 16, 7:01am -
    • “We are ourselves to blame"

      “We are ourselves to blame"

      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 We Endeavour, pages 29-30, Pilgrim Publicatio…
      - 11 days ago 15 May 16, 7:01am -
    • Faithfulness and Evangelical Celebrity

      Faithfulness and Evangelical Celebrity

      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…
      - 14 days ago 12 May 16, 7:01am -
    • A mother's double worth

      A mother's double worth

      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…
      - 18 days ago 8 May 16, 7:01am -
    • The Importance of Seeing Ourselves as Disciples

      The Importance of Seeing Ourselves as Disciples

      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…
      - 21 days ago 5 May 16, 7:01am -
    • 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…
      - 25 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…
      - 28 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…
      - 32 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…
      - 35 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…
      - 38 days ago 18 Apr 16, 2:57pm -

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