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The Quran and the Mission of the Church

By studying the Bible, I hope to deepen my faith in God. By studying the Quran, I hope to better understand the religious experience of my Muslim friends, so that I can share with them my understanding of truth as it is found in the Bible.

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Divine Familial Terms Controversy

From time to time I receive emails from concerned church members over controversial Bible translations. The translations in question are seven Wycliffe/SIL projects in Muslim contexts. At the center of this controversy are the names God the Father and Son of God, which we call divine familial terms.

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From Owning the Missionary to Owning the Task

Owning the task does not mean that missionaries are abandoned — quite the opposite. When a missions team works with their missionaries to discover a common purpose, the partnership and commitment to the task deepen. To use a sports metaphor, the church shifts from merely cheering on the sidelines to being a part of the global team.

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Terror in Boston

Every year America receives new immigrants, and many are Muslim. These immigrants need our help and hospitality — help with English, the challenges of immigration, the struggles that come with adapting to a new culture.

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Christian - Muslim Dialogue

As the CRCNA undertakes more of an active role in inter-religious dialogue in North America, we can learn a lot from our Christian and Muslim friends in Egypt. Egypt has a long history of Christian-Muslim interaction, and in the end, most Egyptians, whether Muslim or Christian, see themselves as Egyptians first.

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Sea to Sea: Cyclists as Missionaries

 When I was asked to join the steering committee for the 2008 Sea to Sea ride, I was skeptical. Hundreds of middle to upper income white folks taking the summer off of work to ride bicycles that cost more than some people make in a year was going to “end the cycle of poverty?”

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Assets for Missions That May Be Hiding in Your Church

At World Renew we talk a lot about asset based community development; that is, discovering the assets that God has already placed in a community rather than focusing on perceived needs. This approach works with churches, too! What hidden assets might be in your church, just waiting to be deployed for missions?

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What Is Your Church's Acts 1:8 Portfolio?

Over the past decade or so of working with churches, I've noticed a curious tendency for leaders to think of things in either/or terms. For example, "should we invest in local outreach OR global missions?" "Should we reach out to get new members OR should we take care of our own members?" My answer to many of these questions is, "yes."

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Church: Institute, Organism, or Something Else?

There’s lots of talk these days about church as institute vs church as organism. Conceptually I understand the difference, but in practice, I suspect it’s not so easy to separate the two. Which leads me to a bigger question, what exactly is “church?”

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Jihad

Jihad, to put it simply, means struggle; any kind of struggle, but particularly a struggle for the faith. Jihad is one of many issues that would be best dealt with in conversation and dialogue between Muslims and Christians.

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