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Alan's monthly letter for March 2011 Dear Friend, Word spread among the Muslim prisoners that I was going to teach on Islam. So, as the 60 Christians filed into the prison chapel, Muslims followed them in. They had their Qur’an in one hand and my handout in the other. I knew the following hour would end up very different from the times I had spoken on Islam in churches. I just didn’t realize in what way it would be different.
A man shouted at me during my presentation: “I vehemently disagree with you!” It was the first time in my six years of teaching on controversial topics like abortion, homosexuality, and Islam that someone interrupted my formal teaching time. You’d think I’d said that abortion was permissible, that some people are born gay, or that Mohammed was a prophet of God. However, I said something even more provocative.
Alan's monthly letter for January 2011 Dear Friend, It’s trendy to talk about social justice these days. Poverty. Human trafficking. The homeless. These social ills stir up images of helpless human beings, hungry mouths, and women and children who are exploited. It’s not just politically correct to care about these things, it’s essential. But there’s one issue that often fails to garner as much attention: abortion.
Alan's monthly letter for December 2010 Dear Friend,
Alan's monthly letter for November 2010 Dear Friend, I met a pastor from Bangladesh last month. He left Islam in 1978, now oversees several churches, and has a heart to see more Muslims come to Christ. So when an American missionary came to his country to offer help in reaching Muslims, the pastor was excited. But the missionary asked him to do something that took him by surprise: he asked him to become a Muslim again.
“It is not necessary to invoke God to…set the Universe going,” concludes Stephen Hawking in his latest book, The Grand Design. Denying God is old hat, but this comes from a world-class theoretical physicist. That’s why Christians are unnerved by his bold claim. A statement from a scientist of his caliber commands attention. But it turns out there is no reason for concern. Everything Hawking has written in his book can be dismissed as irrational. Everything. Let me tell you why.
Alan's monthly letter for August 2010 Dear Friend,
Alan's monthly letter for July 2010 Dear Friend, It was my first trip to this region of the world and it was clear I was in a foreign culture. Arab shops and restaurants lined the streets. Muslim women walked outside wearing headscarves while some wore burqas (covering their entire body except their eyes). And I could hear the Muslim call to prayer broadcasted by a loudspeaker from a local mosque. But I wasn’t in a Middle Eastern city. I was in Hamtramck, Michigan.
Alan's monthly letter for June 2010 Dear Friend, Is apologetics a biblical concept? This is a fair question. Christians want to know if apologetics is sanctioned by God. It turns out that God cares a lot about it.
Alan's monthly letter for May 2010 Dear Friend, Last month, I debated a feminist and women’s studies professor over the legality of abortion. The 150-seat auditorium was packed, with people sitting on the floors, the stairs, and standing in the back. I unleashed a scientifically and philosophically rigorous pro-life argument. Many people presumed my goal was to change my opponent’s mind. But it wasn’t.