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To Consider

The Quest for Identity

“There ain’t no place for me in Christianity,” said Rajul as he leaned against the front door of the Islamic Center. This sixty-something year-old man, dressed in his loose-fitting button down shirt and jeans, had a jovial spirit. He was the kind of man you would want standing at the door to greet those entering for Friday prayers. His mouth was upturned in a steady smile, while his eyes revealed years of hardship.Rajul grew up in Chicago and attended church regularly as a child. There was a problem though, he said. He remembers looking through his Sunday School books and…

The Quest for Justice

I sat across from Abdul in a crowded suburban restaurant. His thick build and sly smile told those around him that he would keep his cool as long as they kept theirs. Talking about sports is usually a good way to soften the conversation, and, since he was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, there was a lot to talk about. His tone changed as matters of faith came up. When asked why so many African Americans were leaving Christianity for Islam, he gave a one-word reply: “Justice.” His forthright answer betrayed years of hardship. For much of his life,…

From Church to Mosque: The African-American Muslim

The red and white sticker proudly adorned the bumper of the Cadillac as it sat in the supermarket parking lot. As the well-dressed woman put her groceries in the spacious trunk and entered her steel and glass sanctuary, a casual observer would assume that she was typical of others in her age group from that area: a kind-hearted, church-going woman who takes care of her children and is active in the community. However, the four words written on this bumper sticker betrayed anypreconceived notions that one may have of her. These words were part of this woman’s changed world. What…

Islamic Sunday School?

Did you know that many mosques in America have established “Sunday School” as part of the services they offer? While many of these systematic classes were established for training Muslim children, many other Muslim “Sunday Schools” intentionally reach out to non-Muslims in the their communities. These Sunday School programs often promote the ethical and family values of Islam which, in our post-Christian pluralistic society, resounds with great appeal.  Should this alarm us as the church of Jesus Christ? At a minimum, it should cause us to reflect and pray regarding how we should respond. Ultimately, it should challenge us to…

Shirk and the Story of Muhammad (part 2)

Sometimes in Muslim evangelism, it is one step forward and two step backwards. Ken’s story of his friend Muhammad continues today, as wediscover Muhammad’s reason for returning his Christian books. Read part 1 here. A few days later we visiting the wife of his (Muhammad’s) cousin. She was British, and she was a believer. I related everything to her, and she told me that while we were gone Muhammad’s oldest son got married. I knew that, but then she told me something that I did not know. She said, “On the night of the wedding, his second son was killed in a terrible automobile accident. Muhammad was the first one to the scene of…

Shirk and the Story of Muhammad

In reaching out to Muslims, we must remember the unseen ways that Islam  can control and influence those whom we are trying to reach with the Gospel. The sin of shirk, explained below, is only one of the potential barriers that can hinder our Muslim friends. Some years ago my wife and I served as missionaries in a Middle Eastern country. After language study we moved to a village not too far from the capital city. We moved, because 98% of the people were Muslims. Also, English was not used as widely as in the city, and we thought it would be a better opportunity to practice our Arabic. We made friends in our new…

Retaining Familial Language – Seminar Series

Modern missiology faces a number of challenges with today’s evolving cultural and religious trends. A current debate is whether it is wiser to retain “familial language” in translations of the Scriptures (specifically references to Jesus as the divine son of God), or to remove or de-emphasize those passages in an effort to make Christianity more attractive to those in Muslim contexts. Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples and Assemblies of God World Missions has prepared a position paper on the subject, and we’re pleased to share the following series of lectures from colleagues and scholars.

The Girl in the Foyer

Scenario one: It is Sunday in a city that has been steeped in Islam for almost half a millennium. In this particular neighborhood the mosque’s minaret towers over hundreds of homes that line its placid streets. Loudspeakers protruding from the portentous pylons pronounce the Islamic call to prayer into every residential courtyard; indeed, it enters the ears of every person within the sound’s reach. Five times a day Muslims here respond and confess that there is no other God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet. But not all people in this community are Muslim. A humble, valiant band of…

Islamic View of Jesus

I recently read an editorial that said that Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Christ. It is true; chapter 19 of the Quran describes the birth of John the Baptist, the Annunciation of the birth of Jesus by the angel, and the birth of Jesus. Even some so-called Christians would dispute the virgin birth! However, that is where the similarity ends. In the Quranic account Jesus speaks from his cradle, denies his deity and in an attempt to deny that he was the Son of God declares, “It is not befitting to (the majesty of Allah that He should…

Forbidden Questions

Just the other day I had the privilege to listen to a Christian couple, formerly from Muslim background (CMB), share their testimony. One concept shared stuck out. It reinforced my understanding of the dilemma faced by many Muslims as they develop questions regarding Islam, its practice, beliefs and teachings. What was supported through the recounting of their personal experiences is that Islam is truly a religion of forced submission. A Muslim is one who must submit. Christians often think that Muslims willfully follow Islam. Yet, with the proliferation of electronic media and current societal events, Muslims are having questions arise…

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