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Where did you get the ideas for the “chair of honor” and the reverence for the Bible box in Safely Home?

Safely Home

Question from a reader:

I know that Safely Home is a work of fiction though some aspects of the life of the persecuted church in China are true. I’m wondering if the “chair of honor” and Li Quan’s wife’s deep reverence for the box the Bibles came in, though, were based on some family’s real experience.

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

The box was based upon an experience a friend of mine had in Moscow back in 1990 where they were passing out free Bibles to people. They had run out of Bibles and a man saw ...

Where do we get our misconceptions about heaven?

Satan labors to give people an inaccurate view of heaven.

Where do you see your ministry in 5-10 years?

It's hard to say because of how things change, and how many of the things that are now a part of my life weren’t ten years ago. I hope and pray that if God gives me that time, Eternal Perspective Ministries will be reaching more people and at a deeper level, first through my writing, and also through the website and blog and speaking. (However, I’m looking at less speaking, not more.)

In 1990, we laid out some foundational financial principles which also reflect our ministry priorities. The first of these expresses my sincere willingness for our ...

Where do you stand on the Calvinism and Arminianism debate?

I came to Christ in a church that was Arminian, so that was naturally my early leaning. I went to a Bible college and seminary that were both middle of the road where neither hard core Calvinism nor Arminianism often surfaced in class, though on a continuum, some faculty would lean more toward one than the other.

Where in Scripture are we reassured that we will have the comfort of making up lost time with loved ones in eternity?

Scripture tells us we will all be living with the same person (Jesus) in the same place (Heaven), and will be seated at tables with the people of God of all times, and 1 Thessalonians 4 says we are to “comfort one another with these words” about being together with the Lord forever. So clearly we will be spending eternity with our loved ones.

What events in your life led up to you becoming a writer?

When I was a kid I loved to read, especially comic books, science fiction short stories and novels, and Greek mythology. I think that helped me be a better writer, and my teachers used to make nice comments on my essays. When I was in Bible college, one of my professors wrote a note on a paper I’d done, saying he thought I should be a writer. It surprised me because I’d never thought about writing for anything but school work. That comment made an impact on me, because I’ve never forgotten it.

What’s your stand on biblical separation and ecumenism?

Ecumenism is a term that must first be defined to be discussed. It has many modern nuances. The dictionary says that ecumenism is “the principles or practice of promoting cooperation or better understanding among differing religious faiths.” This has been extended to include more of a “unifying” meaning. The media has proposed that “the three great religions all worship the same god.” Even beyond this somewhat plausible concept–on the surface–is the suggestion that “there are many ways to God and all religions end there.” Let us look at several different dimensions of modern ecumenism.

When Does Each Human Life Begin?: The Answer of Science

Science confirms exactly what Scripture demonstrates, that there is a point at which human life does not exist and then is suddenly created by God. In Science this is known as the point of conception.

When Does Each Human Life Begin?: The Answer of Scripture

baby“The babies [Jacob and Esau] jostled each other within her [Rebekah].” (Genesis 25:22)

“In the womb he [Jacob] grasped his brother’s heel; as a man he struggled with God.” (Hosea 12:3)

Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.” (Job 10:8-12)

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