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A Dialogue about Birth Control

A Dialogue about Birth Control

The following is a conversation between two Christians who have different viewpoints on the issue of birth control. (I’ve made up the dialogue, but much of it comes out of discussions we’ve had in the Bible college ethics courses I’ve taught.) Think about the points they make. You will likely agree and disagree with both of them at different times. Hopefully this will help you develop and clarify your own position, which may combine elements of both or be very different from either.

A Dialogue About Harry Potter Books

A Dialogue About Harry Potter Books

“Just call me the Oblivious Mother,” Diane said. “Either I never knew you were watching those movies or I didn’t understand what they could do to you. I’m so sorry. Tonight Daniel’s at this anger-management class he has to pass to get back in school. Well, yesterday I asked Daniel how he first heard about the Ouija board, before his uncle gave him one. You know what he told me? Remember those Teddy Ruxpin books, Jilly? There was one called The Missing Princess.”

“Sure. I remember you reading it to us.”

“We still have it—I went ...

Endorsements and Book Reviews of Why ProLife?

Endorsements and Book Reviews of Why ProLife?

“Why ProLife? is an invaluable resource for anyone trying to help a friend or family member understand the prolife point of view. In clear, compelling language, Randy Alcorn lays out the case for life, appealing powerfully to both the reason and the emotions.”
Charles W. Colson
Prison Fellowship, Washington, DC

In Light of Eternity: 59 Excerpts

In Light of Eternity: 59 Excerpts

The following excerpts are from IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY: Perspectives on Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I enjoy hanging out with Nanci, my wife, and our kids and grandkids. I coach high school guys tennis, so I play three or four times a week. Running around on the tennis court with seventeen-year-olds is a great way to get exercise (I’m the singles coach, and we’ve won the district championship four years in a row, which is fun.) I love investing in the lives of these young men. I’ve had wonderful opportunities with them. Many of them read my books and we talk about them, and about the Lord. Just yesterday I gave one ...

What do you think about C. S. Lewis’s book A Grief Observed and his views on purgatory?

He’s speaking with a perspective severely limited by his grief. His raw emotion sometimes trumps his actual beliefs with the agony of his grief. In other books he expresses more considered beliefs, while in A Grief Observed he expresses his emotions, and when he speaks of beliefs they are beliefs hanging in the air tentatively (though they likely felt permanent at the time). They are less long-term convictions than the expression of his immediate emotional devastation.

What do you think about invitro fertilization, frozen embryos, etc.?

What do you think about invitro fertilization, frozen embryos, etc.?

There is substantial scientific reason to believe frozen embryos are persons and should be granted the same rights as older, larger, and less vulnerable persons.

What do you think about the concept of a body-soul split?

I believe this is a subject of immense importance to our understanding of Scripture. Our Platonic/Gnostic assumptions have skewed our views, shifting them closer to Buddhism and Hinduism than to biblical Christianity, which is centered an actual physical resurrection of not only Christ and people but the earth itself, an earth God called “very good” and has never given up on.

What do you think about us having a personal guardian angel?

The guardian angel question is a tough one. We know they exist, and we know that children have them, because we're told the children’s angels continuously behold the face of the Father. Now, I can't know for sure, but I think perhaps these children have angels before they actually come to Christ, so it could be an angel assigned to the elect even before conversion. It's impossible to know. I would not assume non-Christians have angels assigned to them, but I think it's possible.

What do you think of the doctrine of eternal rewards?

What do you think of the doctrine of eternal rewards?

Eternal rewards is a hot topic in the evangelical community, partly because some people think it is anti-grace and leads to works-righteousness to earn salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth, but that’s the perception.

 

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