International Day of Peace — And a Special Offer

The United Nations has declared this Thursday, September 21, as an International Day of Peace. The theme this year is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Special attention will be directed toward displaced peoples. UN Secretary-General António Guterres offers this exhortation: “In times of insecurity, communities that look different become convenient scapegoats. We must resist cynical effortsContinue reading “International Day of Peace — And a Special Offer”

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”

Unifying America

Generally, those who have reviewed my novels on terrorism and peacemaking have been encouraging if not enthusiastic. However, I was recently blessed by a brutally honest reviewer who objected to some aspects of my newest book, A VIOLENT LIGHT. This reviewer drew conclusions that because some characters in the book acted the way they did,Continue reading “Unifying America”

Christmas in the Bible and the Al Qur’an

“Why do you think God announced the birth of Al Masih (the Messiah) to shepherds?” I asked my Muslim friend. We had been talking about the Christmas story, and how the Al-Qur’an and the Bible emphasize different aspects of the story, but the Bible definitely includes a lot more detail. Already mentioned were the similaritiesContinue reading “Christmas in the Bible and the Al Qur’an”

The Battle for our Children

A lovely young woman (we’ll call her “Star”) wearing a head covering came into our office recently to apply for the position of Peace Generation Coordinator that we had advertised. She already had a master’s degree and seemed to be from a family of some wealth, so I was surprised to hear how she spentContinue reading “The Battle for our Children”

Is Jesus the “Son of God”?

   Recently I was having a meal in my home with a Muslim brother who often quotes the Bible to me and has a high honor for Jesus. I loved his openness to talk about Jesus, and wanted him to know that at least some of the differences between how Muslims and Christians talk aboutContinue reading “Is Jesus the “Son of God”?”

Web Interview with Jim on Loving God and Others

This week on the always uplifting blog 7 Christians (http://7christians.blogspot.com/), Victoria Buck has posted Part 1 of an interview with me. Part 2 will be posted next Monday. She asks some really insightful questions. If you’re interested in what other American Christians are concerned about regarding Islam, check out this interview! I was excited to seeContinue reading “Web Interview with Jim on Loving God and Others”

Jesus in the Qur’an

Just after commemorating 9/11, I received this email from a concerned Christian: Jim, I see much error in your theology based on what I read on your Q and A and blog. I guess the question is do you focus on peace making or true repentance leading to salvation? I also am concerned by yourContinue reading “Jesus in the Qur’an”

Imagination, Hope, Prayer and Societal Change

Societal change does not come by accident; it occurs because someone first imagined it. This imagination can sneak into your life anytime, anywhere.  For Mother Teresa, it started the first time she walked by a dying person on the street and wondered why no one was doing anything about it.  For a young Martin LutherContinue reading “Imagination, Hope, Prayer and Societal Change”

What do Muslims Believe?

An American friend recently told me that he had discovered there were some Muslim families in his apartment complex.  But he hesitated to approach them, not knowing how they would respond.  He assumed if he understood what Muslims believe first, it would help him to make friends. My friend’s desire is understandable, but may notContinue reading “What do Muslims Believe?”