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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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God in the Bible, Allah in the Qur’an, and Teaching your ex-Muslim Christian

“In October of 2018 we founded al kanisa al masihiya fi Madrid—the Christian Church of Madrid—an Arabic-language weekly fellowship. We were meeting in a borrowed space from a Latino Assemblies of God congregation in Tetuan, a neighborhood with a large Muslim population north of downtown…”

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Part 2: Baptism for the ex-Muslim Christian: Some Pastoral Observations

“When considering the safety of converts from Islam, a recommended practice, if possible, is preparing converts for baptism in groups. In the context of Muslim villages in Southeast Asia one minister told me that they will not carry out baptisms until there is a large threshold of people—40 or 50. The reasoning is that it is easy for a Muslim society to compel one or two converts to return to Islam through abuse and enticement…”

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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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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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Why Some Muslims are Attracted to Christianity

More Muslims have converted to the Way of Jesus Christ in the last four decades than in all the other years since the advent of Islam in the 7th Century. Something is certainly happening among Muslims and there is an openness in their society that was not there before. But here is the question: why are some Muslims attracted to the way of Jesus Christ?

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Won't Muslims just Integrate?

I’ve been an Anglican minister working for, with, and among Muslims now for well over a decade--much of that in Muslim-majority cities and countries. In the Muslim world there is no concern about integration. I don’t even know what that word is in Arabic, and I’m pretty good at Arabic. The whole idea of integration is really Western at heart. The very idea that immigrants will integrate assumes a lot of stuff that should not be assumed...

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