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Are You Willing to Be an Ambassador for the Real Jesus?

Last week while I was teaching on tactics, someone asked me if Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses know and use some of these tactics. Having some experience with these at-your-door friends, I said yes. Later, I pulled out Reasoning From the Scriptures, a Jehovah's Witness apologetics manual (I managed to convince a Jehovah’s Witness to give me a copy) to see what kind of training they offer. What I found was quite interesting.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | March 24, 2008

Charles Barkley Takes a Shot...at Christians

According to this video interview with Charles Barkley, Christians are not supposed to judge other people. But Barkley is guilty of making a few judgments of his own. Perhaps he should take a lesson from Greg on Christians and judging. Now there’s another reason I don’t like the Phoenix Suns. Go Lakers!

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | February 18, 2008

Darwin Day

If Darwin were still alive today, he'd be 199 years old (I wonder if he'd still believe in his theory in light of the contrary scientific evidence, but I digress). Be prepared for next year, though. Not only will Darwin be turning 200 years old, but his book On the Origin of Species will have its 150th anniversary. So, expect Darwin Day organizers to go crazy with celebrations.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | February 12, 2008

Some Scholars Are Great People Too

I had the privilege of meeting with Dr. William Lane Craig Tuesday night. Along with a dozen or so students from Talbot Seminary, Dr. Craig shared some tips he’s amassed over the years about being a traveling speaker. It was a great evening.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | January 17, 2008

What I Wanted for Christmas this Year

Of all the product recalls on exploding laptop batteries and lead-laden toys from China, why couldn't there have been a recall on relativism? Maybe next year.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | December 31, 2007

Recent Book about Ex-Gay Study

I've started reading an interesting book that describes the details of a study conducted by two researchers, Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse. There were two goals of the study: 1) to determine whether a homosexual orientation can be changed and 2) whether participating in “ex-gay” ministries is harmful.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | December 31, 2007

"Gay" and "Homosexual" Are Not the Same

I think it's a mistake to use the terms "gay" and "homosexual" synonymously. Homosexual is a psychological term that refers to someone who experiences predominately same-sex attractions and may or may not find them desirable. Consequently, they may or may not affirm them as part of their identity.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | November 26, 2007

Do We Need a Different Perspective?

My two year old son threw a fit the other day. Not just any fit. The mother of all fits. He asked me for some hard candy. I broke a large piece into smaller pieces and handed it to him. He freaked out. Crying and screaming at the top of his lungs, he began kicking and shaking his hands. He was like the Tasmanian devil on speed.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | October 30, 2007

Truth and Compassion for Homosexuals

Is there hope for people who have unwanted same-sex attractions? Is it possible to leave the homosexual lifestyle? The answer to both questions is yes. Mariners Church in Irvine, California, is hosting a Love Won Out conference October 13, 2007.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | August 29, 2007

Not all Muslims are Mad (as in Crazy)

The stereotype of a Muslim terrorist does not include someone who is reasonable or rational. But this is far from the truth.While speaking on Islam over the last few years, I’ve noticed that many people think terrorists are crazy or delusional Muslims, a rag-tag bunch of uneducated, poor, or unemployed youth with nothing to lose. Their willingness to blow themselves up is evidence of their insanity.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | July 31, 2007