My Voice, Your Voice, His Voice

It’s always a good feeling to be interviewed—whether on television or by a child doing homework for AWANA—it’s affirming to know that someone wants to hear what I have to say, that my voice is being heard. Honestly, I don’t have much to say about 99% of the issues in our world. I love toContinue reading “My Voice, Your Voice, His Voice”

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”?”

#LoveYourNeighbor

In my last blog I let you know about the anti-Muslim protests planned for this weekend. In this update, I want to share with you what just one person is doing about it. Catherine Orsborn is from Shoulder to Shoulder, a Peace Catalyst-related organization. Here’s a letter explaining how she is rallying people to respond:Continue reading “#LoveYourNeighbor”

Love Excludes Prejudice

  There are anti-Islam protests—some armed—planned across America this Sunday, October 10th. Please take a moment to read about it here: http://imagine2050.newcomm.org/2015/09/29/anti-muslim-protests-some-armed-planned-for-at-least-20-sites-across-the-country/ How does that article make you feel? Is it possible to be a patriot and yet love your neighbor too? This Sunday my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful church service in Indonesia,Continue reading “Love Excludes Prejudice”

Where will my journey end?

   I read a fascinating story recently about a man named Ed. Ed’s parents were religious, but felt that faith should be confined to yourself and your immediate faith community. In high school, Ed met some teenagers who were on fire for their faith and concerned about its global advancement. He joined their youth groupContinue reading “Where will my journey end?”

Jihad and Jesus

   We are all troubled by the images of terrorist acts in France, or ISIS beheadings in the Middle East. It’s shocking and offensive to us that civilians are often the target. The term jihad may be the most hated word in the world today. But before we join all the political pundits pointing fingers,Continue reading “Jihad and Jesus”

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?”

Healing the Wounds of 9/11

In 2003, President George W. Bush sent American troops to invade Iraq. We were living in Indonesia, and many Muslim students opposed the war. Just 50 yards from our office (the only business in town where Americans worked), protestors hung banners stating, “Go to Hell America,” and “George Bush is the great Satan.” We wonderedContinue reading “Healing the Wounds of 9/11”