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 similarities … More Christmas in the Bible and the Al Qur’an

#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: … More #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, … More Love Excludes Prejudice

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 see … More Web Interview with Jim on Loving God and Others

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, … More Jihad and Jesus

The Importance of Reconciliation in Conflict Resolution – Part 2

I’m a bit behind on my writing due to moving from the US back to Indonesia, back to our work with local Muslims and Christians pursuing peace.  What a joy to be surrounded by people here who share a common dream for a better world and are willing to put aside their personal prejudices and … More The Importance of Reconciliation in Conflict Resolution – Part 2