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Alan's monthly letter for December 2010 Dear Friend,
Alan's monthly letter for July 2010 Dear Friend, It was my first trip to this region of the world and it was clear I was in a foreign culture. Arab shops and restaurants lined the streets. Muslim women walked outside wearing headscarves while some wore burqas (covering their entire body except their eyes). And I could hear the Muslim call to prayer broadcasted by a loudspeaker from a local mosque. But I wasn’t in a Middle Eastern city. I was in Hamtramck, Michigan.
Alan's monthly letter for February 2010 Dear Friend, “Thank you for existing,” a young woman recently wrote me. Then she explained. Her husband had become an atheist and began challenging her faith. Without sufficient answers, she asked a pastor to help. But her husband thought his responses were cliché. Then she heard I was speaking at her church on “Bad Arguments against Religion.” Intrigued by the title, she came to the event and brought her husband.
Alan's monthly letter for December 2009 Dear Friend, I began a recent event by telling the audience I wasn’t glad to be there. I paused during the awkward silence. Then I explained why: I was there to talk about abortion. And I don’t like talking about abortion. It’s an ugly topic. Even regular church attendees get upset about it. But I was there to train pro-lifers to fight this grisly practice.
Alan's monthly letter for August 2009 Dear Friend, Walk up to a random person on the street, tell them you’re a Christian, and ask them if they’d be interested in talking about God, religion, and the Bible. “Uh, no thanks…go away” would be the likely reply.
Alan's monthly letter for July 2009 Dear Friend, Imagine an aspiring Olympic diver who never gets on a diving board. He never jumps. He never dives. Instead, his “training” consists merely of listening to lectures and browsing books about diving. When the time comes to compete, he’s bound to lose. In fact, he’ll probably hurt himself.
Alan's monthly letter for December 2008 Dear Friends, Do you ever feel like you don’t make any difference when you share your faith? Sometimes I do. I expect to change someone’s mind or move them closer to Jesus. But often I see no results and wonder what I did wrong.
Alan's monthly letter for June 2008 Dear Friend, Imagine standing on a stage in front of 100 Christian and non-Christian students and answering any religious question they throw at you. Some call this suicide. At Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles they call this Grill Night – a chance to grill a Christian with the toughest questions they can muster.
Everyone judges. Not just Christians, but anyone who engages in rational thought. People assess everything in the world based on their beliefs. Then, they make important decisions based on those assessments. That’s what it means to judge.
Alan's monthly letter for December 2007 Dear Friend, What a year! This last year of working part-time for Stand to Reason (I step into full-time service next August) was anything but part-time. 2007 saw a 143% increase in the number of talks I gave compared to last year. I spoke to over 2,231 people during 46 different talks, not to mention all the people reached through broadcast interviews like radio, the internet, and, most recently, television.