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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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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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Part 1: Baptism for the ex-Muslim Christian: Some Pastoral Observations

“The number of people converting from Islam to Christianity has never been higher than what we’re seeing today. When it comes to caring for these converts, baptism is without a doubt one of the most sensitive and important issues in relation to Christ’s converts from Islam…”

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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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