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#STRask - January 11, 2016 Transcription

Melinda: Welcome to the STRask Podcast. That's #strask. This is the short podcast – I keep Greg on a timer – about ethics, value, and religion. This is Melinda the Enforcer with Greg Koukl. Hi, Greg. Greg: Hi. You seem like you're in a cheerful mood today. Melinda: I guess so. Greg: A bit out of the ordinary.

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | January 11, 2016

Not All Judgment Is Wrong

If you’ve been to Starbucks lately, you might have noticed a new campaign to lift the consciousness of caffeinated patrons. Quotes from intellectual and spiritual virtuosi now grace their talls, ventis, and grandes “to get people talking,” their website says. Starbucks’ moments of truth might become one of yours, a pretext for friendly, thoughtful conversation that might turn into a divine appointment of sorts.

Article | Miscellaneous | Greg Koukl | February 16, 2015

A French Atheist Surprised by Christ - Mentoring Letter August 2014

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.”

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | August 1, 2014

How Does the Old Testament Law Apply to Christians Today?

As New Testament Christians in the New Covenant, which commands or moral principles are obligatory and would apply regardless of the covenants because they are universal morals that transcend the Mosaic Law? God's laws – from both the Old Testament and New Testament – are not just arbitrary expressions of His power. God does not make one thing up today and make up something contradictory tomorrow. He is not a nasty monster asserting that whatever He says goes, even if He says the opposite of what He said yesterday. 

Article | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | April 28, 2014

What If Jesus Meant What He Said? - Mentoring Letter April 2014

It isn’t the poor who Jesus commends on the Sermon on the Mount, but rather the poor in Spirit, not the poverty stricken, but the morally broken.  The Gospel Jesus preached was much more radical than the gospel of social justice. April 1, 2014 Sometimes, knowing what Jesus did not come to do is almost as important as knowing what He did come to do because a wrong understanding of the first can lead to confusion on the second. Two groups seem to go astray here.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | March 31, 2014

Do You Take the Bible Literally?

When a writer seems to be communicating facts in a straightforward way, I read them as such. When I encounter obvious figures of speech, I take them that way, too. I never liked the question, “Do you take the Bible literally?” It comes up with some frequency, and it deserves an answer. But I think it’s confusing, ambiguous, and awkward to answer.

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | March 25, 2014

I Take the Bible In It's Ordinary Sense

The real question we face is not whether or not to take the Mosaic Law literally, but whether we are now under that same legal code. 

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 26, 2014

A Proverb a Day - Mentoring Letter February 2014

If I have only a short time to read, Proverbs is where I turn first. Every day that I do, I feel like my foundation is being shored up.  February 1, 2014 There’s nothing original about reading a chapter of Proverbs a day. Thirty-one days in a month (roughly); 31 chapters in the book. Easy. In fact, it’s so obvious, it’s easy to overlook. Don’t. Very little in my life has yielded such rewards with such little effort.

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | February 10, 2014

A Proverb a Day - Mentoring Letter February 2014

If I have only a short time to read, Proverbs is where I turn first. Every day that I do, I feel like my foundation is being shored up.  February 1, 2014 There’s nothing original about reading a chapter of Proverbs a day. Thirty-one days in a month (roughly); 31 chapters in the book. Easy. In fact, it’s so obvious, it’s easy to overlook. Don’t. Very little in my life has yielded such rewards with such little effort.

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | January 31, 2014

Suffering Adversity and Character Development

Whatever difficulties you face, it's safe to say there is something else going on than what meets the eye. In what way is God working all things for good? According to Romans 8:28, God is conforming us to the image of his Son. Jesus Himself was brought to maturity through suffering. Hebrews 2:10 says, "For it was fitting for God, for Whom and through Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the Author of their salvation through sufferings."

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | November 12, 2013