October Newsletters: Faith, Abortion, and Youth Ministry

Tim’sAlan’s, and Brett’s October newsletters are now posted on the website:

  • Getting Faith Right by Tim Barnett: “Here’s how I explain faith to students. Imagine you are standing at the edge of Niagara Falls. While you are watching this magnificent waterfall, you notice there is a tightrope walker walking from one side to the other, pushing a wheelbarrow full of rocks. You are mesmerized by his amazing ability, so you keep watching him do it over and over again. The tightrope walker sees that you have been watching for some time and walks towards you. He asks, ‘Do you believe that I can do it again?’ Given that you have seen him do it numerous times already, you reply, ‘Of course, I’ve seen you doing it all day.’ Without hesitation, he dumps out all the rocks and replies, ‘Okay, climb in the wheelbarrow.’ You believe based on evidence. And stepping into the wheelbarrow is active trust. Therefore, biblical faith is active trust based on evidence.” (Read more.) 
  • Planned Parenthood Isn’t the Only Abortion Problem by Alan Shlemon: “Planned Parenthood was evil last year, long before they were exposed. They were evil the year before that, and the year before that. The reason is because they take advantage of vulnerable women who face crisis pregnancies and help them kill their innocent children. They’ve been doing that with government protection for over 40 years. These videos have not changed what Planned Parenthood does, only the public’s perception of them. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad these videos have exposed Planned Parenthood’s barbaric behavior. I want as many people as possible to see them. More than that, though, I want pro-lifers to be passionate about saving the lives of unborn children for as long as abortion remains legal, not just as long as the hype of these videos remains.” (Read more.)
  • reTHINKING Youth Ministry by Brett Kunkle: “My passion has always been discipling the next generation, and it’s motivated me to seek out ways to more effectively reach students. That's why I started and developed Stand to Reason's apologetic mission trip to Berkeley and our theological mission trip to Utah. Due to the nature of these trips, though, most Christian kids won't have the opportunity to experience them. So I've thought a lot about strategies to reach and train larger numbers of students.... Four years ago, we tried out one of my ideas: an apologetics conference tailored for youth. I called it the reTHINK Student Apologetics Conference. Approximately 400 students, youth workers, and parents attended the first conference in Southern California, and we were ecstatic. We did it again in 2013 and more than 600 showed up. Last year, almost 1,100 came out. And just last month, 1,504 people (most of them students) turned out for our fourth annual reTHINK Conference. The response was tremendous.” (Read more.)

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