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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

The S.L.E.D. Test

The SLED Test is a simple argument against abortion. The pro-life view is that the unborn are human beings just like you and me. That’s why it’s wrong to kill them. Although many abortion-choice advocates agree the unborn are human, they deny they are valuable human beings. They think this distinction justifies killing the unborn. Often they use personhood language to express this view. They say the unborn might be human, but it’s not a person.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | March 13, 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

"New Movement" of the Spirit

My advice with Lakeland was the same as with Toronto and any other unusual “new movement” of the Spirit: You can safely ignore it.   Over a decade ago, I offered a simple piece of advice meant to protect Christians from ever being taken in by any religious fad, novel teaching, or alleged new manifestation of the Spirit. At that time, a movement variously called the “Toronto Blessing,” the “Laughing Revival,” and the “Brownsville Revival” stirred up contention for the bizarre behavior associated with it.

Article | Christianity & Culture | Greg Koukl | January 22, 2014

20 Years of Impact

As Stand to Reason closes out it’s 20th anniversary year, I think of the multitudes of ordinary folk in STR’s ranks who’ve been standing faithfully where God has placed them. In the long view, an organization’s success is not ultimately measured by its flashy triumphs—packed out venues, best-selling books, world-class web stats—but rather by the quiet victories of individual lives transformed through its faithful service.

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | December 2, 2013

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

Give 'Em Heaven - Mentoring Letter October 2013

Are you giving a bit of Heaven to everyone you meet?  Especially the people closest to you?  Greg sets out a strategy to do just that. “Give ‘em Heaven.” That’s the way I close every broadcast. It’s good advice; that’s why I give it. Every time I do, though, I feel a tinge of guilt. Is this something I do, I think to myself, or is it just a catchy slogan? Would others say this was true of me?

Article | Miscellaneous | Greg Koukl | September 30, 2013

How I Measure Success

Alan's monthly letter for September 2013 Dear Friend, “How do you stay positive when change seems impossible?” My wife’s question caught me off guard. I had just returned from working in Beirut, Lebanon, training Egyptian Christians in theology and apologetics. Although my training and overall trip went great, I shared with her a story that troubled me.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | September 10, 2013