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?”

Fighting God’s Enemies

  Religion can bring out the best or the worst in mankind. It brings out the best, for example, when we follow the Great Commandment to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbor as ourselves; or as similarly commanded in Islam, habluminallah, habluminannas. Religion brings out the worst in mankind whenContinue reading “Fighting God’s Enemies”

If Kindness Came First

2:00 AM. A deserted stretch of Texas highway. My five younger siblings and I stand amidst the tumbleweeds watching our widowed mother pray over our broken-down car. Finally, we spot some headlights approaching. We desperately wave our fourteen hands. A red sports car slows, and pulls over behind us. Praise God, we’re saved! Out ofContinue reading “If Kindness Came First”

“Book of the Year” Nomination–Vote for Peace!

   I’m happy to share that my recent thriller on confronting ISIS with the non-violent way of Jesus, A WAY OUT OF HELL, has been nominated for “Book of the Year” award in general fiction! One of the criteria the judges will look at is votes from readers like you! Much like American Idol, IContinue reading ““Book of the Year” Nomination–Vote for Peace!”

How Would Jesus Respond to the Travel Ban

  Since President Trump issued the temporary travel ban against citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations, there has been no end of controversy. Some foreign leaders have criticized it; others have supported it. Likewise, within America, many Christian leaders have joined in protests and petitions, while others have argued its merits. What concerns me isContinue reading “How Would Jesus Respond to the Travel Ban”