Mission and Outreach

Islam: Part 2

By
Alan Shlemon

This is the second part in a two part lecture by Alan Shlemon on Islam. This part talks about the Five Pillars of Islam, the Six Articles of Faith, and strategies for talking to Muslims.

Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?                 

          

Islam: Part 1

By
Alan Shlemon

This is the first part of a two part lecture on Islam by Alan Shlemon. Part one discusses the differences between current portrayals of Islam and the original Islam, Muslim demographics, authoritative sources in Islam, and violence in Islam.

          

Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock: What to say to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses when they knock on your door

By
Michael Licona

This work by Dr. Michael Licona offers useful knowledge and strategies for understanding and communicating with Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.                 

          

Dear Christians: It’s no longer enough to work hard, raise a family, and hope to be left alone

By
Jonathon Van Maren

Quoting from the article:

Which brings us to our present unpleasant realization that from a cultural perspective, the traditionalists and conservatives have been thoroughly beaten in the war for the culture. For the most part, we never even showed up. We raised families, built farms and businesses, and attended church functions while secular revolutionaries took over the entertainment industry, the media, academia—and finally, the public education system that now dutifully serves as a conduit for secular “values.” Prayer is out, queer theory is in, and many a middle-aged conservative has found occasion recently to splutter his coffee and gape at his newspaper: “How did things change so fast?”

 

Christians have taken the conservative route of keeping to themselves, being responsible in home, church, and community, and leaving activism to the liberals. But Christianity is no longer status quo. If we want to preserve its influence we must stand for it. Apathy is no longer a viable option.

How Apologetics Can Address the Six Reasons Young People Leave Church

By
Tim Barnett

Isolationism. One-fourth of 18- to 29-year-olds say church demonizes everything outside church, including the music, movies, culture, and technology that define their generation.

Shallowness. One-third call church boring, about one-fourth say faith is irrelevant and Bible teaching is unclear. One-fifth say God is absent from their church experience.

Anti-science. Up to one-third say the church is out of step on scientific developments and debate.

Sex. The church is perceived as simplistic and judgmental. For a fifth or more, a “just say no” philosophy is insufficient in a techno-porno world. Young Christian singles are as sexually active as their non-churched friends, and many say they feel judged.

Exclusivity. Three in 10 young people feel the church is too exclusive in this pluralistic and multi-cultural age. And the same number feel forced to choose between their faith and their friends.

Doubters. The church is not a safe place to express doubts say over one-third of young people, and one-fourth have serious doubts they’d like to discuss.