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Alan's monthly letter for September 2013 Dear Friend, “How do you stay positive when change seems impossible?” My wife’s question caught me off guard. I had just returned from working in Beirut, Lebanon, training Egyptian Christians in theology and apologetics. Although my training and overall trip went great, I shared with her a story that troubled me.
Alan's monthly letter for June 2013 Dear Friend, Do you agree with God? What would it take for you to declare something good that God says is bad? Money, power, or fame? Unfortunately, many believers are willing to part ways from Scripture for a lot less.
Alan's monthly letter for December 2011 Dear Friend, Wow! That word captures how I feel about our partnership in 2011. I’m amazed at what we accomplished together. Thanks to you, our impact training believers surpassed previous years. I can’t thank you enough. I am grateful and humbled by your faithful giving towards my work with Stand to Reason (STR).
Alan's monthly letter for September 2011 Dear Friend, After 20 hours of flying, four hours of layovers, and one and a half hours of driving (while passing a few Hezbollah operatives on the street), I finally arrived at the Le Frères Monastery in Beit-Méry, Lebanon. Perched on a 2,000-foot-high mountain, the Catholic convent has breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys, and of downtown Beirut.
Alan's monthly letter for August 2011 Dear Friend,
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 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.