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Essential to reaching Muslims is an understanding of the theology behind Christianity and Islam — and how each worldview compares and contrasts. In this section, you will find articles on the Quran, the Son of God and Islam, the Trinity and Muslims, usage of the word Allah for God, and much more.

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Comparison

Comparison

I’ve read lots of biographies. Some good, some bad. Some long; others very long. There is one biography that amazed, astounded, and saddened me. I still cannot get over what I read. Now to make this a bit more interesting, I’m not revealing the name of the man. That’s...

The Grammar of Elohim

The Grammar of Elohim

I am the king of grammar at my house. I can smell a run-on sentence at fifty paces. I undangle dangling participles with the greatest of ease. The colon, semicolon, and demonstrative pronouns are my best friends. And we are certainly humble. Yes, I wrote, “we are...

The Battle is the Lord’s (Pt.3/3)

The Battle is the Lord’s (Pt.3/3)

The Battle is the Lord's: A 3-Part Series Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Our plans or God’s plans? There is no doubt that our creator is the God of order. The Bible cites several situations where organization is both recommended and implemented. Moses chose elders and leaders...

The Battle is the Lord’s (Pt.3/3)

The Battle is the Lord’s (Pt.2/3)

The Battle is the Lord's: A 3-Part Series Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 This week I would like to continue to examine our practices in light of God’s word—which is the only authoritative source of wisdom and guidance, in opposition to the best books produced by men. 3. God’s...

The Battle is the Lord’s (Pt.3/3)

The Battle is the Lord’s (Pt.1/3)

The Battle is the Lord's: A 3-Part Series Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 The entire missionary movement is propelled by the word “go.” The Great Commission compels us to “go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15). This mandate, coupled with a...

Practicing the Presence

Practicing the Presence

Practice makes perfect. Doctors aren’t perfect, so that must be why they practice; neither are pastors. We all practice in order to become better at something. What about practicing the presence of Jesus? Here’s a little background on the idea of presence. In Genesis...

The Trinity: God’s Love as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Part II of II)

The Trinity: Unity Has Plurality (Part I of II)

This is part one of a two part series on the Trinity. Part One: Unity has Plurality (Apr 16, 2018) Part Two: God's Love as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Apr 23, 2018) Selected references for God’s triune nature from the Old and New Testaments are provided at the...

When a friend errs

When a friend errs

I’ve made a mistake or two in my time. I’m too busy remembering where my car keys are, that I can’t dwell on my own miscalculations. So how can I, an aging, forgetful, “now where did I park the car?” almost-on-Medicare pastor gently and lovingly correct others who...

ENGINES OF CATECHISM

ENGINES OF CATECHISM

  Some groups that are planting churches are neglecting catechism. This is true in churches where baptisms are performed before candidates understand what baptism means. It is common also in missionary work where various methods of teaching allow members to...

[VIDEO] Revolving Door Syndrome

The following teaching video, "Revolving Door Syndrome" is from Engaging Islam, a course held every year in Boulder, Colorado. This year's Engaging Islam is being held July 11-15 2016. This is a playlist of two videos, part 1 and part 2.  The menu on the upper...

[VIDEO] Identity

The following teaching video is from Engaging Islam, a course held every year in Boulder, Colorado. This year's Engaging Islam is being held July 11-15 2016.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xYjnS4XHYY

“Why Should I as a Missionary  Care About This Thesis?”

“Why Should I as a Missionary Care About This Thesis?”

  Introduction Back in the early 60s, when I was in seminary, the name of Eugene Nida was honored as a pioneer in the area of Bible translation. At that time, no one seemed to identify the weaknesses in Nida's theories and in their implementation in the field of...

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