I watched a video in which the speaker affirmed that 'Isa of Islam, as the Muslim "Jesus" is called, is somehow the same as Jesus in the Bible. A closer look will reveal that this Muslim "Jesus" is what the Apostle Paul would say, is "another Jesus".
As we encounter Muslim believers it would be wise to understand the Islamic doctrine of al-walāʾ wa-l-barāʾ. We briefly examine four scenarios in how this doctrine works out in real life. Challenges to Muslims and Christians are detailed as well.
A Muslim could engage a Christian or a Christian could engage a Muslim to become "dialogue partners" in order to eliminate prejudices, to come to understand the other, and possibly embrace their religion. But are the terms of the engagement as simple as meets the untrained eye? I would suggest absolutely not.
If someone is licensed and ordained an interfaith minister, whose ecclesiastical authority would they be responsible to?
There are many people working in science who do not hold to evolution, and yet are scientists, some with a PhD in science, or M.Sc. or BSc. Does an ecumenical attitude allow respect for these scientists, or is our ecumenical approach limited to "churchy" practices, or theological beliefs?
How do we as Christians get involved in discussions where literalists and "genre-ists" have different views about Genesis 1-11? How do YEC and OEC people examine these issues together? Or must they simply build a big fence between them and turn their backs on one another?
In the relatively new push by the CRCNA to become a part of a much bigger organization (first WARC and REC, which folded into WCRC), I for one have a number of questions to which I lack answers.
I'm wrestling with what the real implications of denominationalism ought to be.
What do you think makes for a good relationship between churches in other parts of the world and the CRC?
Synod 2010 said that part of the responsibility of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC) is: Compiling resources for the Christian Reformed Church which will guide interfaith encounters. Do you have suggestions for the EIRC as it tries to fulfill this instruction from Synod?
From Ecumenical Relations Committee (ERC) to Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee (EIRC)