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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.
In July, I took the leaders and students of Lutheran Church and School of Messiah in Grand Junction, Colorado, to the radically different culture of Berkeley, California, on their very first apologetics mission trip. I love taking new groups on the Berkeley Mission, setting up opportunities for them to dialogue with real atheists and then watching them discover just how reasonable it is to believe in God.
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.
If you are courteous and offer something of substance, sometimes even hardcore atheists will take notice. August 1, 2014 Last fall I had an unforgettable conversation with a former French atheist named Guillaume who told me how God found him and what got his attention. One particular detail of his story offers an insight you might find helpful as you engage others with the claims of Christ. Let’s just call it the “surprise factor.”
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.
Arguing from Jesus' silence on issues is not only a logical misstep, but theologically incorrect. Dear Friend, Twice recently I’ve noticed people making a theological point based on what Jesus, allegedly, did not say. In both instances I have the same questions: So what? Why should it matter what Jesus did not say?
Alan explains what it means to have good character when engaging in conversations regarding ethics, faith, and values.
Even with the popularity of the so-called “new atheists” – Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins— it’s clear to me that it’s no leap of faith to believe in God. I noticed something stunning a few years back while paging through Frederick Coppleston’s landmark work, A History of Philosophy, for a class. Virtually every major thinker in the history of western civilization since Aristotle was a deeply committed Christian theist.
Brett's monthly letter for May 2014
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.