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Joseph in the Bible and Yusuf in Islam: Two ‘versions’ or two ‘visions’?

If you peruse through the articles on this blog you will see some that try to bring Islamic and Christian thinking together, and others that do this much less. In this short piece, with the help of the scholar Marylyn Waldman, we will look at the story of Joseph in the Bible and the Qur’an to learn how, in spite of a few similarities, the stories are miles apart. Why is this?

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Muslim Leaders Are Speaking Out Against Terrorism — Is Anyone Listening?

With the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry and hate crimes in the U.S., coverage of events like this — where Jews, Christians, and Muslims gather to talk about how they can work together to seek peace — is critically important.

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What Is The "Injil"—Sometimes Known as the "Gospel"—in Islam?

Book? The Christian good news? This short article sets out to determine from Islamic sources themselves, as to what is thought about when the word "Injil" is used by Muslims, and how it might affect Christian approaches.  

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Sketches About Islam on the Back of a Napkin

A parishioner came to me and asked how he should make sense of the New York City and Edmonton jihad attacks. My answer, which I sketched out on the back of a napkin, helped him to understand a bit more clearly.

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Abraham Kuyper Translation Series Book Panel and Discussion - Feb 15, 2018

I'm providing this post to provide you a heads-up that the Acton Institute is planning a Book Panel and Discussion (on Feb. 15, 2018) on the 6th volume of the Kuyper translation series titled On Islam

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What is Salvation in Islam?

Saved from what? Saved through what? Saved for what? These three questions demonstrate that Christians and Muslims, although at times speaking the same language, have radically different meanings when it comes to salvation.

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Famous Last Words: Nabeel Qureshi, Jesus, and Muhammad

David Wood notes that the last words of a person are often those that most characterize that person. Truly Nabeel Qureshi reflected the famous last words of the Lord Jesus.

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The 99 Names of Allah: Bridge or Barrier?

English translations tend to smooth over any of the ‘less than beautiful’ aspects of the names of Allah of Islam. This calls for diligence on the part of the English reader to know what is being communicated.

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Bridges Between Christians and Muslims Begin with Friendship

Loving friendship covers a multitude of “sins” (for example, a Qur’anic ignorance). With friendship can come trust, curiosity and, yes, frankness. What are you doing to build friendships with Muslim neighbors?  

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Is Our Goal to Dialogue or Evangelize Our Muslim Neighbors?

Is our goal to evangelize our Muslim friends? Or is to promote social justice, community cohesion and peace? There isn't an easy answer except to enter into relationships with a spirit of honesty and authenticity. 

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Nonie Darwish, Former Muslim, Compares Islamic and Christian Worldviews

….in Christianity Jesus came to save us…in Islam, one must save the reputation of Muhammad and Allah... Nonie Darwish, a former Muslim, discusses her newly released book “Wholly Different: Why I Chose Biblical Values Over Islamic Values” here . Darwish, an American-Egyptian, describes her former life, the place of women within Islam, her 17-year-long conversion, and the culture of jihad even as it affected her father who sacrificed his own life for this cause. She is careful to separate the ideology of Islam and Christianity and their respective standards. For instance, she states: In Islam...
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Is Islam a ‘Christian heresy’? and its effect on missions’ strategy

In 1932, Frank Hugh Foster penned an article entitled “Is Islam a Christian Heresy?” He set out to prove the affirmative by making his case by showing the affinities of Christianity and Islam. That same year, in the journal, The Moslem World , another author, D.S. Margoulith responded in the negative. Since this difference of opinion has existed since John of Damascus in his Heresy of the Ishmaelites alleged that Islam was a heresy in 749, while others objected, we must look a bit more closely at the question and some background thinking. Granted, moderns of the 21st century look at heresy as...
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A Response To "I Am a Muslim...ask Anything"

Hugh Fitzgerald, drew up a list of 38 questions about Islam. I wonder how the readers of The Network would answer these questions and what resources they would use to answer them. 

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A Christmas Reflection

In comparing Sura 19 of the Quran with Luke 2, we see the difference between Jesus being born as a mere man and Jesus being born as the Son of God—the long awaited Messiah.

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A Former Muslim Reflects on the Same God Question (SGQ)

In the December 2016 edition of Themelios, Fred Farrokh reflects on the Islamic theological reasons 'Why Muslims are Not Moving Toward Christians.'

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Is it true that Islam and Christianity agree on 90% of what is taught by each of them?

At a recent conference, one of the attendees reported on a trip to a local mosque. There the imam told the group, “As Muslims, we agree with 90% of what you Christians believe, except for the 10% part about who Jesus is.” Is this imam telling the truth? A comparison of worldviews: The Reformed missiologist Hendrik Kraemer advised that picking and choosing while looking for commonalities between religions was a very unwise approach. He used the word ‘totalitarian’ to suggest that each religion is a totality of all of its beliefs and that all of its beliefs must be examined as a whole. Thus,...
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In Search of the Illusive 'Golden Skeleton Key' for Outreach to Muslims

In his book, Paradigms in Conflict: 10 Key Questions in Christian Missions Today , David J. Hesselgrave observed the missiological landscape with trends that had emerged in North America and many that were exported out. He noted a tendency to package methods, franchise them, and then declare them “skeleton keys” that would open any missiological challenge. However, in his experience, he saw that most of them would end up on the scrap heap. The following article describes two such keys and the pressure this places on the missiological enterprise. Mike Wakely’s report of a ‘Golden Key’ Mike...
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Sufism in the Bigger Picture of Islam

The missionary Phil Parshall reported on a Baul Sufi ceremony in Bangladesh and these were the words that he heard: "Forgive me, O God, of all my sins and look at me, your servant for all time. I am a poor creature who has gone astray but now I seek forgiveness from you, the Savior and Lord of the whole world." [ Cross and Crescent, p. 211] These words could easily be repeated during the time of confession in a Christian Reformed Church liturgy. So what was really being said? Shortly we will examine them. A thumbnail sketch of Sufism: The word Sufi is derived from a woolen garment [ ṣūf] that...
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What Is Convergence Thinking and How Does It Affect One's Approach to Muslims?

Convergence thinking effectively says, "It is possible and positive to blend together the best of any and all religions in order to come to the truth of a super-religion." Sometimes divergent is better than convergent.

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"Breaking the Cross": Latest ISIS Propaganda Magazine Aimed at Christians

The latest issue of 'Dabiq' issued by the Islamic State is not for the faint of heart, but it provides valuable insights into such subjects as: how it views Christians how it views what it sees as the decadence and secularism of the West, and its address to Christians in the article: "Why we hate you and fight you." To read more, here is the link . The magazine is important for Christians to learn how to respond to Islamic material that is designed to undermine Christianity, and also to understand how the cross is viewed in Islam. The title of the journal, ironically, is taken from a Muslim...
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Respectful Witness to Refugees

In talking with Christians who are sponsoring Muslim refugees, I sense that they are sensitive to not using coercion in their witness. But sometimes they are also holding back from a robust witness. 

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Nabeel Qureshi On "Why I Stopped Believing Islam Is a Religion of Peace"

In an interview concerning his latest book, Answering Jihad, Nabeel Qureshi (a convert to Christianity), details the change of his own thinking from being convinced that his religion was a religion of peace, to thinking otherwise. The interview is here . In an earlier video series at Biola University, Qureshi stated the same in a much more lengthy video. It is here . Other former Muslims on the same subject: Mark Gabriel was a professor at al-Azhar University, which is the oldest Sunni-Islamic university in the world. As he taught and examined historical documents such as the Life of Muhammad...
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The Best Motivator for Long-Term Missions to Muslims

As more and more Christians rub shoulders with their Muslim neighbors, one cannot but help but ask about what might motivate Christians to bear witness to them to the fact that Jesus is Lord. Is it guilt, fear, the threat of hell, or something else? Let us examine a few options and conclude that only the worthiness of King Jesus will cause the Christian ambassador to leave his/her comfort zone and to "declare the excellencies" of Him who brought us out of darkness into light (I Peter 2:9). Guilt motivation: You likely have heard the speaker say something to this effect: "The Great Commission...
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What Do Cubes and Bicycle Wheels Have to Do With Islam?

In an article in the book Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning edited by Ernst J. Grube, James Dickie, Oleg Grabar, and Eleanor Sims (Oct 1995), James Dickie, a convert to Islam, describes the focus and interconnectedness of all Muslims as they face Mecca. His article is important as it stresses a vital difference in the spiritual connectedness of Muslims and Christians. We will look at Hebrews 1:3 to help make this comparison. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After...
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Can Muslims and Christians Be Good Neighbors?

In a recent blog piece , Nathan Lewis who is a Reformed pastor in Beaverton, Oregon, sketches out how he and his church interact with people of many religious expressions, including Islam. In order to promote dialog, Lewis has adapted the idea of meetings for mutual understanding and has run with it. As well he has authored a book entitled, What the Prophet Jesus Teaches His Followers about Being Good Neighbors . Among the nuggets in the blog piece are the following: Both the imam and I made clear our desires and plans to proselytize and to hold “us and them” distinctions, but not at the...
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