Christianity and Islam: What American Christians need to know about Muslims

Hated More than Hitler…

If you had to pick the most hated person of all time, who would you choose? If we were talking about the most disliked person today, the award would probably … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Speak the Truth

An old joke that missionaries and evangelists like to tell each other goes, “some Christians are like vaccines. One dose inoculates people against becoming a Christian!” Christians who spend a … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Iran, Iranians, and Islam

Good news from Iran: in more than eighty cities Iranians are protesting a government that is not working for them.  Unemployment and inflation are high, and many Iranians resent their … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Middle East Peacemakers

Rami and Bassam were born to be enemies. Rami is a Jewish Israeli, born and raised in Jerusalem. Growing up, he learned that God had given Israel to his Jewish … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

A US embassy in Jerusalem: Bad News for Israel

I’ve posted about this generally before, but this week I want to explain why, from a Christian point of view, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (by moving the … Continue reading

December 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

Learning from Paddock and Kelley

2017 has been one of the worst years for mass shootings in the US, perhaps second only to 2016 (this article explains some the ways different people add up the … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Does Islam need a reformation?

A pastor friend of mine suggested this to me recently, but his idea is hardly unique. This week will see the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famed “95 Theses,” so … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Ten Commandments: Qur’an Edition

When we talk about the “Judeo-Christian” core of America, many of us think of the Ten Commandments. Whether or not you think that your local courthouse should display Exodus 20:1–17, … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Who’s Christian? Who’s Muslim?

I’ve been looking at the website of a political organization headed by the pastor of the Christian Revival Center (“Love God and Love Your People”). Unlike most political groups, this … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Should the Pentagon Regulate Religion? Another Great Idea from Congress

There was not a lot of fanfare, but a few weeks ago the House of Representatives voted down a bill written by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) which would have directed … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

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The Text in Context

Helping modern readers engage with ancient biblical texts

Mark Biddle

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