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Alan's monthly letter for April 2012 Dear Friend, I was recently invited to USC to present the pro-life view and debate abortion-choice students in the prestigious Keck School of Medicine. Since these were medical students who knew the science of embryology, I skipped the basic argument that the unborn is a human being. This proved to be prudent since most – though not all – accepted that view.
Alan's monthly letter from July 2012 Dear Friend, I had just given a talk at his church when Charlie asked for help. He wanted to respond to His relative who had written an article against God’s existence for a philosophy class. Charlie handed me the eight-page paper and, without reading anything but the title, I knew the problem with the author’s argument.
Alan's monthly letter for August 2012 Dear Friend, I just spent half of the month of July working in and around Cairo, Egypt. With the exception of a few days of rest and sightseeing (the Great Pyramids are truly “great”), my task was to equip Egyptian Christians in theology and apologetics. While in Cairo, I was able to rekindle friendships with many Egyptians I met last year while working in Beirut, Lebanon. I also gained insight into the unique challenges our brothers and sisters face in the Middle East.
In conversations where you're being challenged, a simple question can make sure you keep the burden of proof where it belongs.
Learning to tell the difference between an argument and a non-argument will make it easier for you to defend your faith. Almost every day I come across people who challenge my views. “God does not exist.” “Your Christian views are homophobic.” “You can only know what is proven by science.” “You shouldn’t judge other people.” What do all these challenges have in common? Not a single one is an argument.
Ever get called names when you get into conversations about Christianity? Alan shows how to deal with that situation. “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.
Is there a "gay gene," and should it change our view of homosexual behavior if there is? To many people, saying that homosexuals are born that way is as axiomatic as saying the earth revolves around the sun. No rational reason exists to reject this claim. The only hold-outs, it is said, are those who are either ignorant of scientific facts, homophobic, or bigots (read: Christians). But this claim is beset with problems. Before we consider them, let me make a tactical suggestion.
Americans are in for a rude awakening. Starting September 2012, some people will wake up to strategically-placed graphic pictures. And they won't like what they see. But it’s about time. Countless lives have been lost because of this "choice." What’s most surprising is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are the ones behind this new graphic image campaign. Why? So people will be outraged by what they see and do something to stop it. I'm talking, of course, about smoking.