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Making an Impact without Knowing Anything

Alan's monthly letter for July 2007 Dear Friend, When I heard the knock on the door I knew it was probably the Mormons.  It was Saturday afternoon and I had seen a pair of finely dressed people walking around my neighborhood.  I guess it was my turn.  I answered the door with a bit of trepidation.  Sure I know a lot of apologetics, but I don’t know that much about Mormonism.  So I decided to use my tactics.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | April 19, 2013

Serving Arab Christians in Egypt

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.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 19, 2013

No More Free Rides

In conversations where you're being challenged, a simple question can make sure you keep the burden of proof where it belongs.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | March 6, 2013

When Arguments Aren't Arguments

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.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | March 6, 2013

Sticks and Stones

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.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | March 6, 2013

Are Homosexuals Born that Way?

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.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | March 5, 2013

Jesus Didn't Say Anything about Homosexuality

Jesus didn't talk about homosexuality. Does that mean it's okay? If you’ve ever claimed that Scripture says homosexual behavior is a sin, there’s a good chance someone tried to correct you with, “Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.” It doesn’t matter what Bible verse bolsters your claim, Jesus’ silence on the matter allegedly trumps all other considerations. Here are seven reasons why this objection doesn’t work.

Article | Ethics | Alan Shlemon | March 5, 2013

According to Stephen Hawking, He’s Irrational

Hawking believes that human behavior is determined by physical laws, but this has serious implications for all his work.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | March 5, 2013

What Are the Core Beliefs in Islam? (Video)

Different Muslims tell me different things about Islamic beliefs. How do I know which one of them is right?

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | November 19, 2012

Truth and Compassion on Homosexuality?

A lot of people are skeptical about my talk titled, “Homosexuality: Truth and Compassion.” Many homosexuals scoff at the title. Many Christians are suspicious that compassion means compromise. But truth and compassion is about Christians balancing their convictions with a love towards homosexual men and women. It doesn’t mean compromise, although it might not be easy to practice either.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | November 13, 2012