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”

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”

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”?”

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”

#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”

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”

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?”

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 andContinue reading “The Importance of Reconciliation in Conflict Resolution – Part 2”