World Religions Quiz

How much do you know about world religions? A Pew Forum study of nearly 11,000 Americans done this year found that most of us can’t even correctly answer half of a basic world religions survey. Think you can beat the average? Take the survey here. I thought I should take the challenge since I teachContinue reading “World Religions Quiz”

Should Christians join Violent Protests?

Iran welcomed the new year with violent protests leaving many dead. In many other nations such as Iraq, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Bangladesh, South Africa and Ukraine, frustrations with corrupt, abusive and unjust governments have sparked angry riots. Christian citizens of these nations often feel all the pain that others feel—and sometimes more. In these cases, isContinue reading “Should Christians join Violent Protests?”

Should Pope Francis be more Critical of Islam?

When Pope Francis stated in his  Evangelii Gaudium (paragraphs 252 and 253) that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence,” he received a backlash from ex-Muslims. They responded with a letter to the Pope signed by 3700 former Muslims requesting that the Pope speak out more harshlyContinue reading “Should Pope Francis be more Critical of Islam?”

The Circle of Compassion

“Johnny’s” obvious skin disease meant the other kids usually kept their distance. The fact that he was mentally a bit slow, and had dropped out of school to scavenge trash he could resell to support his family, didn’t help him in making friends either. But neither of these disadvantages could keep this teenager from fallingContinue reading “The Circle of Compassion”

From North Carolina with (Fearless) Love

   I just got back to our work in Indonesia after an encouraging month’s tour in the USA, promoting my book A WAY OUT OF HELL and meeting people with a similar passion for peace. The most exciting stop on my tour was in North Carolina, where I reconnected with my dear friend and PeaceContinue reading “From North Carolina with (Fearless) Love”

The Jihad of Jesus

   I remember well the Q&A session in one of the many interfaith events we’ve organized over the years. An angry Christian stood up and declared, “As long as the word jihad exists, there will never be peace between our two religions!” The room was deathly silent, demanding the right response given in the rightContinue reading “The Jihad of Jesus”

A Shining Day for America

Like anyone, America has its good days and its bad days. October 10, 2015 was one of our good days. Let me quote from one report about the anti-Muslim protests across our nation: “Most of the planned protests simply didn’t happen after all. Among the few rallies that actually came together, the counter-protesters well outnumbered theContinue reading “A Shining Day for America”

Dreaming of Peace

Happy New Year 2015! Dare we imagine that this year could bring peace breakthroughs in relationships we previously gave up on? Which relationships would you most like to see restored this year? Perhaps with your spouse, your parent, your child, your sibling, a previously close friend…? How does such a seemingly impossible reconciliation start? IContinue reading “Dreaming of Peace”

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”