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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.
Alan's monthly letter for March 2010 Dear Friend, Why would an alcoholic father, strapped for cash, sell his son and daughter for $30? Why would pediatricians at the University Medical Center of Gronigen kill 20 disabled newborn children each year? Why is it legal in Oregon and Washington for your doctor to help you commit suicide? These acts of injustice are possible because of a subtle, yet profound shift in how we value human beings. Our culture is abandoning intrinsic value for instrumental value.
Alan's monthly letter for January 2010 Dear Friend, Some say what I did was crazy. I was standing alone on a stage at Central Michigan University. My job was simple: Present the pro-life view and then debate any challengers from the audience. Simple? Yes. Easy? Not entirely, but I’ll tell you how I made the engagement more manageable in a moment.
Alan's monthly letter for November 2009 Dear Friend, I’ve heard a lot of arguments against Christianity. Skeptics thrive on challenging my beliefs. There’s one argument that mystifies me – not because it’s persuasive, but because it comes back time and time again. Though it may sound convincing at first, it’s hopelessly wrong-headed. It occurs when someone confuses motivation with justification.
Alan's monthly letter for September 2009 Dear Friend, When I think of summer breaks, I think of the sun, the beach, the waves, and drinking fresh lemonade. I like to relax in a chair and think of absolutely nothing. But this summer I took a slightly different approach: I studied physics, quantum theory, relativity, cosmology, embryology, and genetics – all in ten days. Not necessarily a relaxing summer, but at least I had some lemonade.
Alan's monthly letter for June 2009 Dear Friend, Muslims are the largest unreached people group in the world. Of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, 38,000 die every day and enter eternity without Jesus. Any Christian concerned with the Great Commission should therefore care about Islam. It’s the belief system that’s holding one in every five people on earth captive.
Alan's monthly letter for May 2009 Dear Friend, Every day, Americans are killing their children and we’re not doing enough to stop it. Although approximately 200 million Americans are Christian and most of those Christians are pro-life, we’re not having an impact that’s proportionate to our numbers. The problem is many Christians are pro-life in attitude, but not in action. They oppose women aborting their unborn children, but they do nothing to stop the killing.
Alan's monthly letter for April 2009 Dear Friend, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Though I haven’t said that childhood phrase in a long time, it’s as true today as it was years ago on the playground. It still teaches us a valuable lesson: Don’t let name-calling get to you. One might think adults don’t call people names. Sure they do. They just disguise it by using more “sophisticated” terms.
Alan's monthly letter for March 2009 Dear Friend, There’s one fact about you I’m sure of: even though you’ll live forever, someday your earthly body will die. But that’s not really a problem. The real concern is that you may not die instantly. You might linger on after an accident or disease and someone else will be responsible for your care. And if right-to-die advocates have their way, you’ll have a duty to die – a moral obligation to kill yourself.