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
Sunday, 14 January 2018 08:44

Combatting Christian Occultism Part 2

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(Originally printed in the Summer 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal Beginning on page 6) Part 2 in a 2-Part Look at Occultic-like Beliefs and Practices in the Church By John Ferrer Introduction In the last Journal article “Occultism in the Church” (Part-1),1 we surveyed what the occult is:...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:42

The God of Awards Season

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Awards season is here. We just had the Golden Globes were it was all about telling serial sexual harassers like Harvey Weinstein that #timesup. So a quick reminder. God is okay. No really. Lots of people thank God. Even snarky atheist Ricky Gervais thanked God (that he made him an atheist) at the...

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(Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12) By Jan Fletcher Our freedom to home-school is precious to us. Home-schooling parents cherish the freedom home-schooling gives our children to learn and grow in the ways we, as parents, think are best. Keeping our...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 16:34

The Week of New Year Tidings

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For those of us in the “good ole USA,” the movement of the clock hand from 11:59 p.m. on Sunday to midnight on Monday changed, not only the date of the day, but the month and year as well. With the tick of the minute hand, the calendar made the transition from 2017 to 2018. Did it have...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 21:37

The Emergant Church: Emerging from What?

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(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 10) By Peter Simpson What should the relationship be between the church and culture? How should the constancy of the church adapt to the fluidity of culture? The church must find some way to communicate God’s...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 05:02

Occultism in the Church? (Part 1)

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(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning in page 6) John David Ferrer Part 1 in a 2-Part Look at Occultic-like Practices Within The Church and Modern Christianity “What’s wrong?” “I can’t let go of it, man.” “Let go of...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:41

We Need a Little Christmas

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For I’ve grown a little leaner, Grown a little colder, Grown a little sadder, Grown a little older, And I need a little angel, Sitting on my shoulder, Need a little Christmas now (“We Need a Little Christmas 1) Here we are in the final days before celebration of the incarnation. Our...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 09:08

Deadly Cult Stories in the News

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(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal) It was one of those “What-is-this-world-coming-to?” news days. A man walked into a church with a gun and blasted away, killing seven people, including the pastor of the church and his son, while critically wounding the...

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Saturday, 16 December 2017 08:22

Crowded Out?

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(Originally printed in the Spring 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal on pg 15) Many are aware that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) teaches a two-class system: One is the 144,000 who will be in heaven, and the other is the “Great Crowd” who will never see...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:39

Tu Quoque

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Tu quoque. The term sounds like a special ballet move or what a Shakespearean character might say before he dies. In Latin it means, “You too.” Rumor has it that Julius Caesar said, “Tu quoque mi fili” (You too, my son) rather than the question “Et tu Brute?” as...

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(Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page8) INTRODUCTION The Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) was formed for a single purpose—to defend the inerrancy of the Bible. It appears that postmodernism has defanged the ETS as it is unable to respond to...

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(Originally printed in the Winter 2005 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) “God’s first language is silence.”1 “Progress in intimacy with God means progress toward silence.”2 “The important thing is that we are relaxed and our back is straight so that...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 23:38

The Effects of Lawlessness

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Hardly a day passes which doesn’t show us the effects of lawlessness in our culture and how it has changed “normal life.” The effects range from mere “inconveniences” to jeopardizing one’s financial or physical safety. We are not talking about the normal dangers...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 22:13

For the Furtherance of the Gospel

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 16) Many Church leaders today are engaged in a cultural struggle over the direction of the Church. How can loving, following, and serving Jesus Christ become so divisive? The question at the heart of the controversy...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 21:49

Dangerous Home Front: Proof Texts We Know and Love

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 8 ) By John David Ferrer On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I found myself going through several airports; and with each airport are the inevitable security checks. In one airport, I had no problems going through...

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 10) By Frank York Retired (1999) Illinois College Professor of Sociology Dr. Alvin J. Schmidt, who holds an M. Div. from Concordia Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, has written what should be...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 02:23

Cults in Our Culture: Two Case Studies

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2004 Issue of the MCOI Journal beginning on page 12) We live in a time and place where tolerance is considered more of a virtue than truth, and where truth is more highly valued in used-car salesmen than in the local Church. But the Word of God consistently values...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 21:37

Dayenu: It Would Have Been Enough

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This week is our annual national celebration of Thanksgiving, and for some reason my thoughts turned to an ancient song (about a thousand years old) referred to as Dayenu. This Hebrew word’s approximate English translation is “It would have been enough.” Dayenu is traditionally...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 01:59

Why Atheism?

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Is atheism based upon faith or fact? How does one arrive at belief in unbelief? There is probably no one answer to these questions. In his book Ends and Means, Aldous Huxley, known as “Darwin’s Bulldog,” was clear that his atheism was not based on faith, facts, or reason but on...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 14:30

The End of Forgiveness

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In the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting, this time at a church in Texas, a journalist posed a question to me and several other of her Facebook friends who are engaged in one or another type of Christian ministry: “How do you balance forgiveness and anger after a tragedy like this...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:18

Shouting “Fire,” in a Crowded Fertility Clinic

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You may have heard about a devastating argument going around the internet. I know it’s got me shaking in my evangelical boots. I sure hope I don’t run into a pro-abortion advocate that uses it. According to comedian, serial tweeter, and sci-fi author, Patrick S. Tomlinson, this one...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 17:34

Conversation with a self-described atheist

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I have recently been involved in an online conversation with a self-described atheist. He raised some questions that I thought might be of interest to our readers. He writes: I just find it fascinating how each of the more significant divisions of Christianity consider all the other ones so wrong...

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 17:27

Are You Just Afraid of Death?

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After our webcast, “500 Years after Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther,” someone posted this question; “Why do you believe these bible stories; are you just afraid of death?” In view of the fact that the fear of death has tormented humanity...

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:26

Dark Reason

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Every now and then a news article comes along that scares me a little. The Washington Post reported on a social science study to test how politicians respond to evidence that contradicts their ideological positions. I bet you can guess how this went. Our research involved a number of “survey...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 15:35

The Worst Sermon

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Needless to say, I was away from home on a Sunday. We decided to go to a friend’s church we had attended before. I won’t name the church and details have been altered to stave off embarrassment. But I bet you can guess the denomination. The first thing I noticed how the congregation had...

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