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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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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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Launching an Arabic-Language Fellowship in Madrid

But all along I was troubled that there was not a single Arabic-language Christian fellowship in all Madrid. Consider the numbers: Madrid is both a state and a city. The Comunidad de Madrid has a population of 6.4 million, and the city of Madrid has a population of 3.1 million.

Then something happened…

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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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