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When Your Argument Lacks Impact

The Christian message simply doesn’t make sense to everyone, or it raises questions or counter-examples that make it difficult to even countenance Christianity until those issues are addressed. I like arguments. Not fights; arguments. They’re different. Fights—angry quarrels, silly squabbles—are not productive. They generate heat, not light.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | June 19, 2014

God of the Gaps?

When scientists claim that any intelligent design inference is an example of God of the Gaps, they are presuming that there actually is an explanation gap, that is, there simply is no explanation for the phenomena in question. The “God of the Gaps” complaint comes up when theists suggest that design is a better explanation than a naturalistic one in certain areas of science, particularly the beginning of the universe, the origin of life, and the development of life from simple to complex over time.

Quick Thought | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | June 10, 2014

A New Challenge

Alan's monthly letter for June 2014 “The days of comfortable and acceptable Christianity are now over,” said Robert George. “America no longer favors faithful Christians...who are pro-life and pro-traditional marriage. Because of that, Christians must be willing to bear the consequences of standing up for the teachings of Jesus and His bride, the Church.” George is Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and a leading Christian voice. He spoke these sobering words last month at a prayer breakfast in Washington D.C.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | June 9, 2014

What Does It Mean to Have Conversational Character? (Video)

Alan explains what it means to have good character when engaging in conversations regarding ethics, faith, and values.   

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | June 2, 2014

Christianity Worth Thinking About

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.

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | May 26, 2014

Christians Need a Good Dose of Confidence - Mentoring Letter April 2013

Stand to Reason is committed to cultivating the intellectual life in the defense of Christianity and in the nurture of Christian maturity. On May 1, 1993, I met with a group of 50 men and women whose opinion I respected. I wanted their counsel on—and financial help with, if they approved—an idea I’d been working on. I called it “Stand to Reason.”  

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | May 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

Is God in Time?

The Scriptures seem to identify a God in time, yet a God that is somehow beyond time, not constrained by it the way we are (1 Peter 3).  Put your thinking caps on today. We're going to talk about time. It's common for us to make the comment "The spaceless, timeless God" or "Then we'll pass out of time, into eternity." However, the Scripture is not clear about God's timelessness. Most of the verses seem to indicate God is in time: Rev 1:4; Rev 4:8, Ps 90, Jude 25, 2 Pet 3:8.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | April 23, 2014

A Principle for Conversational Prayer

I have instructed our staff at STR that when we meet for prayer, we pray according to the acronym SIP: specifically, intelligibly, and persuasively.  Let me start with a frank admission: Prayer is difficult for me. Some things come easily, but prayer is not one of them. Of course, this does not make prayer optional in the least. It simply means I have to work harder at it to be consistent and effective.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | April 17, 2014

Ripple Effect

Alan's monthly letter for April 2014 We have only one lifetime to make a difference for eternity. It’s not always easy to measure our impact, but sometimes we get a peek. My friends in British Columbia, Canada had longed to invite me to their church. Believers in their country face many challenges to their Christian convictions, and they were concerned about the apathy they encountered when trying to get people more active defending their faith.

Article | Miscellaneous | Alan Shlemon | April 1, 2014