The Atheist Muslim

“The left is wrong on Islam. The right is wrong on Muslims.” This tweet by Ali Rizvi, author of the new book The Atheist Muslim: A Journey from Religion to Reason, was followed up by an interview with Vox that was one of the most honest, objective, insightful discussions of modern Islam I’ve read in a long time.Continue reading “The Atheist Muslim”

Anti-Muslim Protests Planned Across America

On June 10, 2017, in 22 major cities in America (Yes, you, Houston! Seattle! St. Paul! Kansas City! Raleigh! Orlando! etc.) a group called ACT! for America is planning anti-Muslim “March Against Sharia” protests. This conservative group expresses their prejudice against Muslims with the typical fear-mongering outlandish claims about an Islamic conspiracy to take overContinue reading “Anti-Muslim Protests Planned Across America”

Awards for A Violent Light

After seeing my 2nd novel win awards, I was thrilled to see my 3rd is doing just as well. In the category of “Religious Fiction,” A Violent Light was a finalist for the 2017 National Indies Excellence Awards. And it won the 2017 Next Generation Indies Award. My hope is that these awards convince new readersContinue reading “Awards for A Violent Light”

You Can Go to Hell

“I can’t wait for the Day of Judgement when Jesus is made to stand before Allah, his Lord and Creator. And is made to testify against you infidels. He will denounce your worship of him and disassociate himself from you all. Then, Hellfire for eternity for all of you who worshiped Jesus…” These are theContinue reading “You Can Go to Hell”

Another Award for A WAY OUT OF HELL

A WAY OUT OF HELL takes its 2nd award this year, this one a 2017 eLit Award for Religious Fiction. It’s encouraging to see the recognition this book is getting, hopefully not only for the quality of the writing, but also for the power of its message. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount continues to carry some ofContinue reading “Another Award for A WAY OUT OF HELL”

Andrew Garfield finds Jesus in SILENCE

     I write a lot about loving your neighbor, or even loving your enemy, in the context of Christian-Muslim relations, where everything from prejudice to outright violent persecution is a daily reality for millions of people of faith. This crucible of the human experience is not lost on Hollywood either. But rather than makeContinue reading “Andrew Garfield finds Jesus in SILENCE”

Refugees—Fresh Starts Require New Friends

(an interview with Nick Armstrong of Glocal Community Partners) For the past 3 years Nick and Laura Armstrong have been working with refugees in Boise, ID. Over 50% of the refugees coming to Boise are Muslim, and not everyone in the community is ready to welcome them. So Nick and Laura built relationships with 45Continue reading “Refugees—Fresh Starts Require New Friends”

A Muslim Reformer

In my last post I urged for Muslim voices to speak out for reformation and justice. Today I want to give you an example of one such reformer. Mustafa Akyol is currently a senior fellow at the Freedom Project at Wellesley College. His new book The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became aContinue reading “A Muslim Reformer”

Are Christians Persecuted more than Muslims?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks so, calling Christianity “the most persecuted religion in the world.” Other Western leaders have made similar statements. But I began to wonder, is it true? So the research began… The first thing I discovered is that in terms of how many nations persecute those of another religion, Christianity and IslamContinue reading “Are Christians Persecuted more than Muslims?”