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"Red Letter" Christians - June 2014 Mentoring Letter

Arguing from Jesus' silence on issues is not only a logical misstep, but theologically incorrect. Dear Friend, Twice recently I’ve noticed people making a theological point based on what Jesus, allegedly, did not say.  In both instances I have the same questions:  So what?  Why should it matter what Jesus did not say?

Article | Apologetics | Greg Koukl | June 2, 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

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?

Alan's monthly letter for February 2014 Christians believe in the one, true God. They believe He is all-knowing, all-powerful, the creator of the universe, and the only one deserving of worship. Muslims also claim to worship one God, who they assert is all-knowing, all-powerful, and the creator of the universe. Do both Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

Article | Apologetics | Alan Shlemon | February 8, 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 | December 16, 2013

An Inconvenient Truth for the Gay Rights Movement

Alan's monthly letter for December 2013 You know the gay rights narrative. Homosexuals are born that way, change is impossible, and their behavior is morally permissible. For those who believe in a higher power, God made them gay and loves them that way. Homosexuals should find moral parity with the plight of African Americans during their struggle for civil rights.

Article | Ethics | Alan Shlemon | December 9, 2013