Each Spring semester in my Missional Life course, we have some sessions around the concept of inculturation (a more fancy word for contextualization) and this leads us to look at engaging with those of other religions.
My sense is that, especially as evangelicals, we easily find our identity in what we are against rather than what (or who) we are for. I believe this easily pushes us to move with hostility toward others who aren’t like us, rather than move toward them with hospitality. Continue reading
Each semester I take students from my Missiology class to a Muslim prayer service at a local mosque here in Memphis. It’s a practical learning assignment to observe, listen to and learn from our Muslim neighbors. I find this a very enriching experience for both myself and students: to step into the unknown, to learn by talking to and interacting with actual Muslims, and to perhaps see our preconceived notions about Muslims torn down.
Because it’s easy to view Muslims through a foggy or cracked lens. Continue reading
I remember the first time I began to build a real, authentic relationship with a Muslim family. It moved me.
This was during our time in Belgium. Adjoined to the building where our church met was a Moroccan restaurant owned by a Moroccan Muslim family. They would normally communicate in French, but thankfully the husband/father spoken decent English. So we were able to speak quite often. Continue reading
Over 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
As 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