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?
Christian missions have a tendency to package methods, franchise them, and then declare them “skeleton keys” that would open any missiological challenge. However, generally, most of them would end up on the scrap heap.
The missionary Phil Parshall reported on a Baul Sufi ceremony in Bangladesh, and he heard words that 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.
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.
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 and its address to Christians in the article: "Why we hate you and fight you."
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.
What might motivate Christians to bear witness to Muslims to the fact that Jesus is Lord. Is it guilt, fear, the threat of hell, or something else?
An article in the book Architecture of the Islamic World: Its History and Social Meaning describes the focus and interconnectedness of all Muslims as they face Mecca and stresses a vital difference in the spiritual connectedness of Muslims and Christians.
In this piece we will examine two ways that a Muslim, who otherwise completely lacks the assurance of Jesus' words "Today you will be with me in paradise," seeks to gain this assurance.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali suggests that even if the entire ISIS territory was re-gained militarily, the threat of Islamic jihadism will still re-emerge. Here perspectives are very much food for thought.
In a highly nuanced article, the British author Alistair Roberts touches on the need of the church to reach out to the weak and disadvantaged but also be cautious against kneejerk emotional judgments.
On November 13, ISIS released a statement, celebrating their "holy war" or jihad against France who they call a "Crusader nation." In a very ironic fashion, the statement is a back-handed challenge to the Church as well.
What is the true identity of gay Christians and Muslims followers of Jesus in Christ?
Operation Reveille, a ministry of Act Beyond that helps Military Christians understand the character, knowledge, and behavior of Jesus Christ in cross-cultural contexts, features 6 posts on the "Social Implications of Different Christian and Muslim Beliefs." The helpful summary chart is found here.
Raymond Ibrahim, a Coptic Christian whose book Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians details the sufferings of Christians living as minorities in Muslim countries, posted a provocative blog piece entitled "Why Western Nations Should Only Accept Christian Refugees."
Here is my observation on the "Apostle's Creed" of Islam and the Apostles' Creed of Christianity.