But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Midwest Christian Outreach - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 15:06

Is Liberalism Another Religion?

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In his 1923 book Christianity & Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen asserts that liberalism is another religion unto itself, far removed from the biblical Christianity out of which it came. We think he makes some good points. In Chapter Two of his book, he takes the liberalism (of his day) to task...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 08:39

Thomas Merton: The Contemplative Dark Thread

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 8) Twenty-some years ago, my sister Janet and I signed up for a field trip sponsored by the Crystal Cathedral to a Vedanta monastery in the nearby Saddleback Mountains. At that time, we were working together on a discernment...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 02:51

Who Raised Jesus From the Dead?

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 5) Compiled by Corkey McGehee (All Scripture quotations are from the WTBTS New World Translation of the Bible.) When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his dis­ciples called to mind that he used to say this, and they...

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 15:37

They Were My Friends

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When someone leaves a cult or spiritually abusive religious group, it often means they will be abandoned by everyone who was their friend when they were inside the group. This practice is called shunning, and cult members take very seriously their spiritual “duty” to shun former friends...

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 15:47

Mother’s Prayers

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When I was younger one of the main targets of comedians was their mothers-in-law. Down through the years I have poked fun at my own mother-in-law from time to time. Like most of us – OK, ALL of us – she could sometimes be a walking contradiction as she walked by faith in a physical and...

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 15:11

Blind Spots

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Recently I sat down at lunch with a church leader. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The elders (deacons for your Baptists) were having trouble agreeing on a vision for their church. The pastor was trying to lead them in one direction and  some elder says in so many words the most...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 18:39

Life’s Questions in Rock and Roll

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As weird as it may seem, life’s ultimate questions are often posed in rock-and-roll lyrics. Consider, for example, the 1969 hit, “And When I Die,” by the band, Blood, Sweat and Tears. Like so many other poets, story-tellers, and just average human beings have questioned,...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:10

Palm Sunday and The Great Disappointment

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The 50,000 followers of William Miller were terribly dismayed when Jesus did not return bodily to earth in March of 1844, as Miller had predicted would happen. When Jesus did not appear, Miller claimed that they just had to give it a few more months – that Jesus would now show up in October...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 23:44

Re-creation

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As I write this, I am at the beach on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. My darling children are having a ball with their grandparents about a hundred miles from me. I have been thinking about two words for the last two hours. “Rest” and “Recreation.” Rest is a word throughout the...

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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:32

Resurrection: Watchtower-Style

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal ) The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS)1 calls itself a Christian organization, yet they deny almost all of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith. They deny the Trin­ity, the Deity of Christ, the existence of...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:51

The Cost of Leaving

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What is the cost of leaving a cult or false religious group? What does that even mean? Many well-meaning Christians are under the impression that being in a cult or false belief system is easily remedied by simply exposing bad theology and replacing it with correct theology. It isn’t so. My...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:03

Angelic Communications

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We find angelic communications to humans quite a number of places in Scripture. An angel appeared to Zechariah with the news that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a son (Luke 1:13). Mary, a young Jewish virgin, who was engaged to be married, had a similar encounter and was told she would have a...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 16:56

God in Your Own Image

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Creating a god in your own image can have many temporal benefits. Such a deity would reflect your views and sanctify your behavior. He or she might even make your own behavior look better in comparison. The ancient Greek and Roman gods, who could be extremely nasty and selfish beings, are good...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:32

Is Abortion “Sacred Work?”

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A photo from a 2017 article, Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It “Sacred Work”, has been making the rounds again recently. What type of “sacred work” could abortion possibly be? To our minds, the idea is absolutely repugnant....

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:32

The Feeding of the 5,000 Migrants

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Earlier this week someone posted a meme of a church marquee with the message, “A Caravan of 5000 Migrants Confronted Jesus. So, He Fed Them.” This reminds us of the assertion made by many that Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were “homeless.” No, they were never homeless. They had to...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:24

Can I Know God Personally?

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Is God knowable or distant? Is God personal or simply a force? If God is personal can we know and have a personal relationship with God? Join us as we talk with Pastor Gino Geracci from Calvary Chapel South Denver about the this question. … Continue reading

Authors: Don Veinot...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 15:32

Captive to Convenient Pressures

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I know, it’s Valentine’s day and your feed is full of romance and hearts. But I want to draw your attention to an article by a person who changed their mind on abortion who isn’t by any stretch of the imagination the typical right-wing, Republican. Frederica Mathewes-Green in a...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 15:27

Everything Old Is New Again

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In last week’s blog, Changing Laws or Changing Hearts?, we addressed the issue of our changing culture. We pointed out that political action does not seem able to stem the rising tide of pagan thought that is sweeping our nation and, indeed, the world. We also pointed out that paganism, while...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:34

Changing Laws or Changing Hearts?

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Is society and culture most impacted by changing laws or changing hearts? The United States has witnessed what seems like a fundamental transformation in morality and laws over the last ten or 20 years. In truth, however, this “revolution” has been in the making for well over 100 years...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:28

The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith – A Review

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World Peace! What a lofty goal and aspiration for the residents of Earth! Beauty pageant contestants, zealous politicians, and those of the Baha’i’ faith speak of the possibility of living in unity with one another. Bahá’ís believe that God has appeared throughout...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:31

When you’re rich…

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“When you’re rich, they think you really know!” is one of our favorite lines from one of our favorite songs from one of our favorite films, Fiddler on the Roof. It comes at the end of a stanza of “If I were a Rich Man,” a daydream that nearly everyone has had at one...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 15:33

Terms of Endearment

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Jehovah’s Witnesses often argue that they are the only true Christians, because they are the only ones who know and use God’s proper name, Jehovah. Of course, the counter argument could be made that God’s proper name is NOT Jehovah at all, but YHWH, but this essay was an online...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 15:30

Milestones, Memories and Mission

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This has been a year of milestones, memories and mission. Joy and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary in September. In October we celebrated having met 51 years ago. And some years ago, way back in September of 1952, I was born. 44 years ago, also in September, I was born-again. It seems...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 15:30

Holy Night

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  As I write this, my children have been shoe’d up stairs for the umpteenth time. All the presents are wrapped and house is silent, at least for a few hours until one of my sleepy eye’d progeny asks what time is it somewhere around O-Dark-Thirty. Needless to say, the lyrics of...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 15:30

A Very Muslim Christmas

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The Christmas season is upon us in full swing, as it seems to be every year at this time. 😊 And, following recent trends, the public is being offered all sorts of novel ideas, in an attempt to dismiss as mere myth, the historical Jesus and message of the Christian faith. Progressives in the...

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