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Inoculate, Don’t Isolate

Abortion-choice advocates. Angry college students. Graphic pictures of abortion. Not really what you want to expose your ten-year-old son to. That’s what I did, though. I took my son to the center of UCLA’s campus during an abortion protest and had him engage abortion-choice advocates that were twice his age.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | July 1, 2015

Muslim Authority

Have you ever talked with a Muslim? I can tell you how it probably went. Why? Virtually every conversation with a Muslim comes down to one issue: authority. No matter what you say about Jesus and the Gospel, you’ll likely get the same Muslim response: “I can’t trust what you’re telling me because the Bible has been corrupted.”

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | June 8, 2015

Should We Ban Conversion Therapy?

When Joshua Alcorn turned 14, he told his Christian parents he was a girl named Leelah. Three years later, he stepped in front of oncoming freeway traffic and killed himself. Many people in the media blamed his parents. They said his family resisted Joshua’s new female gender, denied his request for a sex-change operation, and forced him into “conversion therapy.”

Article | Ethics | Alan Shlemon | May 1, 2015

Every Idea Has Consequences

Do you know someone who thinks legalizing same-sex marriage won’t change anything? Here’s how to help them understand: Buy them a flight to Canada. Why? Since same-sex marriage has been legal there for a decade, they’ll see, firsthand, how it’s changed the culture.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | April 13, 2015

Truth and Compassion in Action

Alan's monthly letter for March 2015 Gay activists prepared to protest FIRE Church in Concord, North Carolina. Their event leader posted their plan on Facebook: “We will have a silent protest as the service is going and let them have it as they leave for the day. Remember we will be peaceful and respectful, something they don’t understand. We are going to STAND TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY to show that our love is stronger than their hate.”

Article | Christianity & Culture | Alan Shlemon | March 2, 2015

Are the Chick-fil-A Cows on to Something?

Alan's monthly letter for February 2015 “EAT MOR CHIKIN,” urge the Chick-fil-A cows on highway billboards. After all, they don’t want to be eaten. Maybe it is wrong to eat animals. Granted, they still advocate eating other animals (chickens) so maybe they’re not entirely consistent. But consistency might be too much to expect from cows.

Article | Ethics | Alan Shlemon | February 8, 2015

Pro-Life Killers: An Oxymoron

Alan's monthly letter for January 2015 Please note:  Stand to Reason does not condone violence to end the harm of abortion and does not knowingly associate with those who do. On May 1, 2009, Scott Roeder walked into Reformation Lutheran Church, pulled out a gun, and shot George Tiller in the head at point blank range. Tiller used to perform late-term abortions. Every pro-life leader and organization I know condemned the killing of Tiller.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | January 1, 2015

The Reformation the Church Doesn't Need

Alan's monthly letter for December 2014 The Church has always been under attack. From its inception, it’s faced persecution from murderous dictators like Nero to worldview challenges from naturalism and Islam. Although many threats are external, some come from within.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | December 8, 2014

Must We Kill Humans to Save Other Humans?

Alan's monthly letter for November 2014 The test was positive. He had cancer. The tumor was only six centimeters, but because it was in his trachea (his windpipe), it had almost completely blocked his ability to breathe. He would probably die from suffocation before the cancer killed him. At just 36 years old (and the father of two), his prognosis was grim.

Article | Bio-Ethics | Alan Shlemon | November 1, 2014

Are We at War with Muslims?

Just 29 days after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, Oprah Winfrey invited Queen Rania on her television show. Rania is a devout Muslim and royalty of the Islamic country of Jordan. That’s why she can, allegedly, speak on behalf of her faith. Her job that day was to help repair Islam’s massive public relations problem.

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | October 1, 2014