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So what do you guys do at EPM?

Guest post from Kathy Norquist, Randy's executive assistant.

LettersSince we get asked this question from time to time, and because we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, we thought it might be fun to give you a sneak peek into the daily happenings at Eternal Perspective Ministries. Much of our time is taken up connecting with people through email, phone calls, and snail mail. They may want to order books, tell us how God has used a book in their life, ask a question related to an issue Randy writes and speaks about, or inquire about his availability for a speaking engagement or phone conversation.

Al Mohler on the Normalization of Abortion within the Practice of Medicine

stethoscopeAl Mohler writes a disturbing article captured in these words: ”The normalization of abortion within the practice of medicine would be a tragedy beyond words — the embrace of death within a profession dedicated to life.”

Announcing the Winners of the Fiction for You and a Friend Giveaway

Randy's fiction booksHere are the winners from the "fiction for you and a friend" giveaway on Randy’s blog. Each of the three winners will receive a Randy Alcorn fiction book of their choice, as well as a fiction book to pass on to a friend or use as an outreach.

Funny Friday: Pug Sings Batman Theme

I love this video. Hope you enjoy it, too.

Mel Gibson, Image, and Character

Mel GibsonWith the recent allegations against actor Mel Gibson, there's been a number of responses to his situation that cry out for an eternal perspective. (When Gibson released his movie The Passion of the Christ in 2004, I wrote a review of the movie for our quarterly newsletter, and a follow-up response based on some of the things I said in my first article about Gibson. In both articles, I wrote, "Pray for him, absolutely, selectively agree with and support him, yes, but don't make him—or anyone else—Christianity's poster boy or spokesperson...Every time Christians get mesmerized by and try to capitalize on fame and celebrity, it ends up hurting them, biting us and undermines rather than elevates our Lord.")

Although these following principles about image and character are pulled from an article I wrote years ago about O.J. Simpson, they still prove just as true today as they did then.

Dug Down Deep and the Joy of Studying God

jumping for joyDoes studying God—and doctrine—have to be a dull discipline, or can it be an exhilarating exercise that transforms your life? I believe that theology is the foundation upon which worldview is built. People have good worldviews because they have good theology and bad worldviews because they have bad theology. I say this partly because I can't divorce heart orientation from theology. The word believe in the New Testament (for example, in John’s gospel) stresses belief as trust and submission. This is my approach to theology. It’s not a dried up system of intellectual affirmations divorced from a passion for God; rather, it is a life-transforming belief of both seeing and embracing God’s truth. It is a belief that is a trust—one which permeates your mind and heart and life.

Reading Books v. Reading Online

I recently read an interesting article by David Brooks, at The New York Times website. (Click here for the whole article.) What follows is an excerpt:

book openThe Internet-versus-books debate is conducted on the supposition that the medium is the message. But sometimes the medium is just the medium. What matters is the way people think about themselves while engaged in the two activities. A person who becomes a citizen of the literary world enters a hierarchical universe. There are classic works of literature at the top and beach reading at the bottom.

A Mixed Bag of Short Questions and Answers

questionsToday's blog is a combination of several short answers to questions I've responded to lately. Some are questions I've received on my Facebook page. Though I can't possibly respond to every question that comes in, I do read each and every comment and question with interest and appreciation. I just wish I could reply to more of them. Maybe on the New Earth! (If you're interested in reading other questions and answers, the EPM website has many more Q & As, articles, and resources.)

Summer Reading Giveaway: Fiction Book of Your Choice for You and a Friend

Fiction booksHi, I'm Stephanie Anderson, promotions director at EPM, and this month's giveaway is a double feature: three randomly-drawn winners will receive a fiction book of their choice, and a fiction book of their choice to give as an outreach or share with a friend! (Click here to browse and learn more about Randy's fiction books, including Deadline, Dominion, Deception, Safely Home, Edge of Eternity, Lord Foulgrin's Letters, and The Ishbane Conspiracy.)

Why Are We So Offended All the Time?

Why We're Not EmergentWhat follows is a spot-on article by Kevin DeYoung, a pastor and writer. While it was written after the flap about Brit Hume, making that aspect of it dated, it is timeless at its core, and I just “happened” upon it (in the providence of God). I met Kevin a couple of years ago and had only a brief conversation and an email exchange. But I love his books, Why We're Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be), and Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, both written with Ted Kluck, as well as Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will and The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th-Century Catechism.

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