My Response to SOMEONE HAS TO DIE — by “Grace”

JIM’S BOOK BROUGHT HEALING TO MY HEART OVER MEMORIES OF MY CHILDHOOD IN THE MIDDLE EAST When I read “Someone Has to Die,” I couldn’t put it down. I read it till about 4:30 in the morning till I finished. It was well-written, fast-paced, action-packed, emotionally rich, and relationally challenging. It reminded me of someContinue reading “My Response to SOMEONE HAS TO DIE — by “Grace””

Ishmael–God Hears

This week I read a wonderful book by an insightful Pakistani brother, Faisal Malick, entitled HERE COMES ISHMAEL: The Kairos Moment for the Muslim People.  What I loved about the book was the tremendous hope Malick holds, based on the Bible, for millions of Muslims to find a fulfillment of their cry for God throughContinue reading “Ishmael–God Hears”

God’s Father-heart for Muslims

I just returned from a speaking trip to Texas, where people asked me questions like, “Why do Muslims hate Christians so much?” and “How did we get into this mess anyway?”  I took those opportunities to direct them back to Abraham’s broken family relationships: the rejection, abandonment, jealousy, resentment, and broken father-figure that Ishmael inherited.Continue reading “God’s Father-heart for Muslims”

Peacemaking that Produces Intimacy

I was listening to Danny Silk teach on communication in marriage today, and it struck me the implications for the peacemaking process. Danny teaches that many of us have a wrong goal of intimacy, believing that it comes from getting the other person to agree with me.  We don’t value what we don’t believe orContinue reading “Peacemaking that Produces Intimacy”

Most Likely to Become a Peacemaker

Remember those high school yearbook predictions: most likely to become famous, most likely to become fabulously rich, etc.?  Have you ever thought about what kind of person is most likely to become a peacemaker? In my novel, SOMEONE HAS TO DIE, you’ll be surprised at who is willing to take a risk for peace, andContinue reading “Most Likely to Become a Peacemaker”

Peacemaker of the World

One of my favorite descriptions of Jesus in the Bible comes from Micah chapter 5.  Many Christians hear the beginning of this passage read at Christmas foretelling Jesus’ birth: “But you, Bethlehem…from you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel…”  But if you read in the Message translation, verses 2-4 end with the shepherd-rulerContinue reading “Peacemaker of the World”

A Way Out of Hell

Many sources have relayed this story of Gandhi’s extraordinary wisdom in peacemaking. On one of Gandhi’s prayer and fasting to the death attempts to bring Muslim and Hindu radicals to lay down their arms and reconcile, a group of Hindu radicals enter the Muslim home where Gandhi has chosen to fast to lay down theirContinue reading “A Way Out of Hell”

Healing the Wounds of a Nation — South Africa

As we work toward reconciliation between religions, we have to recognize that often other factors of difference, such as ethnicity, culture, language, control of wealth, control of power, etc., are also contributing to, if not driving, the conflict. On the surface, these contributing factors may make the peacemaking effort seem impossibly complex. But at theContinue reading “Healing the Wounds of a Nation — South Africa”