When Fear Motivates (or Manipulates)

Fear-spelled-outOver the last 2 Friday’s, I participated in what I believed to be an amazing opportunity.

Let me set the scene:

I teach a class entitled Missiology. We discuss the concept of the mission of God in our world – what that entails and many related topics. Such topics are covered as the church, the kingdom of God, the gospel, the mission that began in Gen 1 (not the NT), the work of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, modern mission movements, and a few other areas.

But one other topic addressed for merely 2 class sessions is that of Mission & Other Religions. Continue reading

Woolwich Incident Does Not Tell the Whole Story

Drummer Lee Rigby, who was killed in a knife attack by two men in WoolwichAs most will know, just a few days ago, on the east side of London in Woolwich, a terrible incident of terror took place. Drummer Lee Rigby was killed in a brutal machete attack.

Who to blame?

It seems extremist Muslims.

And a great wave of Islamophobia rises once again.

But should it? Is this really how Muslims are to be understood? Continue reading

Awareness Sunday – 3 Week Countdown

I have posted about this important date previously, but with yesterday being the 3-week countdown to what could be an important opportunity in our global world today, I thought I would re-post.

That opportunity is known as Awareness Sunday.

On September 11th of this year, it will mark the 10-year anniversary of the infamous and dreadful 9/11 attacks in 2001. A significant date of remembrance for hundreds of millions of people. As so many in the generation before mine remember where they were and what they were doing when John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King Jr. were shot, the same stands true for our world today with regards to 9/11. Such is etched upon the minds and hearts of not just Americans, but our world. Continue reading

Allah: A Christian Response by Miroslav Volf

allah miroslav volfThe tragic event of 9/11 left an indelible mark upon people not just in America, but many around the world. With such an event, coupled with other pre- and post-9/11 terrorist attacks, it has left a sense of suspicion and fear regarding Muslims.

But should this be our response, especially for Christians? Should we view all adherents of Islam through such eyes? And, even more, is there common ground between Christians and Muslims that can help us move forward in dialogue in the 21st century?

Enter in Miroslav Volf’s recent and timely publication, Allah: A Christian Response. Miroslav Volf stands as a professor of theology at Yale Divinity School and also heads up the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Here is an author, a deep-thinking C.S. Lewis type of a man, looking to open up the discussion on how Christian and Muslim relations can improve in our world today.

And so, in this post, I share my review of Miroslav Volf’s newest release. The review is somewhat long. But on such books like these, which could be classified as fairly controversial, I want to try and give in-depth information and analysis. I also apologise for no page numbers with quotes, as I am engaging with my version on the Kindle application. Continue reading