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Of Creeds and Christians from a Muslim Background, Part 2 of 2

Continuing from part 1: “What of the Nicene Creed (or the Nicene-Constantinopalitan Creed, for those who wish to be more detailed)? Likewise I recommend its memorization. The genesis of the Apostles’ Creed was related to baptism: what was a biblical summary of the basics of Christianity that everyone could confess, such that someone who moved from Rome to Athens and wanted to take communion could be acknowledged as a Christian? What were the Scriptural basics of “mere Christianity”?…”

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Of Creeds and Christians from a Muslim Background, Part 1 of 2

“What do Muslim believe? That there is no deity but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet. That is the shahada of Islam. The Arabic root sh-h-d is also found in the word shaahid or witness and shahiid or martyr. Your Christian from a Muslim Background (CMB) knew the shahada and had probably born witness to it thousands of time during her lifetime, and this is likely true even if she was not very devout…”

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Coming out as a Christian to your Muslim Family, Part 2 of 2

“I am an Anglican priest in Madrid, Spain. I often observe this practice of letting the practices of our tiny Protestant community be determined to a great extent by not doing what the Roman Catholics do. I understand the historical and contextual reasons for this practice. But in the long run it is not a recipe for fruitfulness. In the same way, the winsomeness of the Christian faith should be allowed to stand on its own…”

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Coming out as a Christian to your Muslim Family, Part 1 of 2

“This is now the fourth installation in my series on pastoral care for Christians who have converted from Islam. We started by addressing the issue of baptism, then the personality of God as portrayed in the Qur’an v. the Bible, and then the role of history in helping to form a firm identity for the convert…”

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Part 2: The Role of History in Pastoral Care for Christians from a Muslim Background

“Familiarity with history also allows for the recognition of self-worth and value for one’s local Christian community. It was striking to see how CMBs in North Africa were energized by hearing that their local bishop martyr, Cyprian, had made such a lasting and profound impact on Christian theology and ecclesiology…”

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The Role of History in Pastoral Care for Christians from a Muslim Background

“It happened twice, once in North Africa and once in Constantinople. I had been invited to give some lectures to congregations consisting mostly of Christians from a Muslim background (CMBs). As a professor I had a number of topics I could address, I explained to the pastors: biblical studies, spirituality, theology, and Church history…”

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Are We Ready for God to Surprise Us?

“I really enjoy mysteries. There’s something fascinating in knowing there’s something you don’t quite know, but also being aware that down the road there will be a big reveal and all those pieces of narrative that didn’t fit together logically will, in the end, form a beautiful—and maybe tremendous—mosaic…”

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Islam: Europe's Future

One of the essential differences between Islam and Christianity is the figure of Jesus, so essential and central to Christianity, but relegated to being a normal prophet in Islam. It seems that Islam has not understood well the theological foundations of Christianity regardless of not subscribing to them. What is your opinion about it?(…)

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What is the Shari'a?

Over the years I’ve done a great deal of teaching on Islam and Christianity. That recently resulted in the publication of my book Two Stories of Everything: The Competing Metanarratives of Islam and Christianity. But I note that there is one question that people almost always ask: what exactly is the shari’a? Where does it come from? Generally one hears the word shari’a translated as “law” but that’s not quite right…

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Blessed by Our Daily Bread

“Blessing, as the biblical writers conceive it, is a kind of ecological phenomenon; it connects God and the creatures in a complex of interlocking relationships,” writes biblical scholar Ellen Davis.[1] As Christians, we believe that our Triune Lord creates, redeems, and sustains all of Creation. We do not believe in a distant God who created in the beginning and then retreated into inaction. We trust in a God whose hand is constantly present in His glorious world, blessing His human and non-human creatures…

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