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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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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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The Door is Open, The Time is Now

“Jesus never raised a sword against anyone!” If that statement sounds unremarkable to you, consider how it might strike a Muslim fleeing war in his native land. It’s the message that AFM missionary, The Rev. Dr. Duane Miller, took to Korea to train Koreans to witness to Yemenis…

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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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