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Serving the Church in Egypt, While in Lebanon

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.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 23, 2013

Outmanned, but Not Outgunned

Alan's monthly letter for August 2011 Dear Friend,

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | April 23, 2013

Why Evolution Is Dogma

Alan's monthly letter for June 2011 Dear Friend, Atheists like to fancy themselves as rational people. They claim they aren’t encumbered by holy books or divine doctrine. They’re free from the shackles of religious belief so they can follow the evidence where it leads. When a new scientific discovery is made, atheists claim they can welcome it without passion or prejudice. The only problem with this self-assessment is that it’s not entirely true.

Article | Philosophy | Alan Shlemon | April 23, 2013

Learn a Secret Skill of Pastors to Help Understand the Bible

Alan's monthly letter for April 2011 Dear Friend, Do you want to learn the skills taught at seminary without the time, money, and energy spent on going to graduate school? Sorry, that’s not possible, but how about learning just one of those skills? You can learn a skill that pastors use to help them understand the Word of God in the time it takes to read this letter. Sound impossible? Not at all! Sit down, buckle up, and get ready to be seminary-ized.

Article | Theology | Alan Shlemon | April 23, 2013

Squaring Off with Muslims in Prison

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.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 23, 2013

My Most Controversial Teaching

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.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 23, 2013

Not Making the Social Justice Issue List

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.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 23, 2013

Freedom in Christ Behind Bars

Alan's monthly letter for December 2010 Dear Friend,

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Muslim Followers of Christ?

Alan's monthly letter for November 2010 Dear Friend, I met a pastor from Bangladesh last month. He left Islam in 1978, now oversees several churches, and has a heart to see more Muslims come to Christ. So when an American missionary came to his country to offer help in reaching Muslims, the pastor was excited. But the missionary asked him to do something that took him by surprise: he asked him to become a Muslim again.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013

Smart People Can Make Dumb Mistakes

“It is not necessary to invoke God to…set the Universe going,” concludes Stephen Hawking in his latest book, The Grand Design. Denying God is old hat, but this comes from a world-class theoretical physicist. That’s why Christians are unnerved by his bold claim. A statement from a scientist of his caliber commands attention. But it turns out there is no reason for concern. Everything Hawking has written in his book can be dismissed as irrational. Everything. Let me tell you why.

Article | Philosophy | Alan Shlemon | April 22, 2013