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Who taught you how to interpret the Bible? I bet I can guess your answer: no one. When it comes to God’s Word, though, isn’t it critical we strive to correctly understand it?
A couple of days ago, Robin and Jack were sitting on the sofa across from me. We all had our Bibles open and were intent on using Scripture to defend our respective theological positions. However, this was no ordinary Bible study. These were Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I was doing my best to articulate and defend classical Christianity.
How do you create confidence in Christians who are able to share their pro-life convictions with anyone? Here’s a hint: It takes a lot more than a lecture, but it’s worth it. That’s what I did this summer with 45 high school students on the pro-life mission.
After the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, many clues pointed to a familiar explanation: Islamic terrorism. The killer was a Muslim, born in a Muslim family, and pledged his allegiance to Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. Almost reflexively, though, analysts gave the usual talking points about how Islam is a religion of peace and its practitioners are peaceful people. What the Orlando killer did, many Muslims and pundits said, had nothing to do with Islam. True Muslims oppose the Orlando killer’s behavior.
On a recent episode of the Stand to Reason weekly podcast, a supporter of STR took issue with one of the ways Greg Koukl and I argue against theistic evolution. Specifically, the caller did not agree with our argument that some forms of theistic evolution are a contradiction in terms. What I’d like to do is model for you how I would respond. Don’t Be Offended by the Challenge
Like you, I was horrified to hear of the tragic mass killing in Orlando last month. A man opened fire in an Orlando nightclub, killed 49 innocent human beings, and injured another 53. It was the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and the worst terrorist attack in the United States since September 11.
I just returned from a two-week speaking tour of New Zealand. Thinking Matters, the largest national apologetics organization in that country, invited me to partner with them to equip the local body of Christ.
Melinda: Hi, this is Melinda the Enforcer with Greg Koukl, and this is the STR Ask Podcast #STRAsk. Greg: Yes it is. Melinda: Just before we get going I wanted to mention our speakers. We have four of them, Greg, Brett, Alan, and Tim speak all over the country and sometimes the world. You are on your way tonight to Norway.
STR speaker, Alan Shlemon, recently wrote about a Tweet he sent that packed a lot of theology into 138 characters. I liked it so much I’m passing his advice on to you. Here’s what Alan wrote. Twitter is not the place to post profound theology. You’re limited to 140 characters to make your point. Nevertheless, I recently tweeted the reason Jesus is the only way to Heaven and had two characters to spare!
While taking questions at a recent event, a young girl stood up and boldly stated, “The Bible has been changed so many times over the last 2000 years, it’s impossible to know what it originally said.” As ammunition for her claim, she cited the hundreds of thousands of differences between the New Testament manuscripts. This fact alone was supposed to convince us that the New Testament documents are unreliable.