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Just 29 days after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, Oprah Winfrey invited Queen Rania on her television show. Rania is a devout Muslim and royalty of the Islamic country of Jordan. That’s why she can, allegedly, speak on behalf of her faith. Her job that day was to help repair Islam’s massive public relations problem.
Alan's monthly letter for September 2014 A year doesn’t go by in the Middle East without widespread violence and death. Months after I trained dozens of Egyptian Christians last fall, their country became a battlefield. Terrorists and angry citizens targeted Christians. They torched, bombed, and destroyed churches all across Egypt.
Alan's monthly letter for August 2014 Have you ever given someone a free ride? I know you’re a nice person and have probably helped a neighbor in need. There’s one free ride, though, you need to stop giving.
Alan's monthly letter for July 2014 Sometimes people are puzzled. They think, Shouldn’t we teach Christians about Christianity? Why are you teaching them about Islam and taking them to mosques? That’s a good question.
Alan's monthly letter for June 2014 “The days of comfortable and acceptable Christianity are now over,” said Robert George. “America no longer favors faithful Christians...who are pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. Because of that, Christians must be willing to bear the consequences of standing up for the teachings of Jesus and His bride, the Church.” George is Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and a leading Christian voice. He spoke these sobering words last month at a prayer breakfast in Washington D.C.
Alan explains what it means to have good character when engaging in conversations regarding ethics, faith, and values.
Alan's monthly letter for May 2014 Evolution can be overwhelming. It draws upon evidence from multiple disciplines: geology, paleontology, genetics, chemistry, and others. It’s hard to know where to begin. That’s why I suggest using an easy, yet powerful tactic to help handle this issue. Whenever you come across the topic of evolution, ask a simple question: What definition of evolution is being used? Since evolution has at least three different meanings, it’s essential to know which one is being invoked.
Alan's monthly letter for April 2014 We have only one lifetime to make a difference for eternity. It’s not always easy to measure our impact, but sometimes we get a peek. My friends in British Columbia, Canada had longed to invite me to their church. Believers in their country face many challenges to their Christian convictions, and they were concerned about the apathy they encountered when trying to get people more active defending their faith.
The SLED Test is a simple argument against abortion. The pro-life view is that the unborn are human beings just like you and me. That’s why it’s wrong to kill them. Although many abortion-choice advocates agree the unborn are human, they deny they are valuable human beings. They think this distinction justifies killing the unborn. Often they use personhood language to express this view. They say the unborn might be human, but it’s not a person.
Would you allow a teenager to perform brain surgery on you? Would you get in a stranger’s van while in a dark alley in New York? Do you send money to Nigerians who promise you commission if you give them your credit card information over email? Why not? You’re a Christian, right? Don’t you have faith?