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Jesus in the Qur’an

A few months ago I wrote about historic Christian views of Muhammad.  In that post I presented my theory that, largely due to the words and writings of Christians, Muhammad … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · 3 Comments

A Personal Reflection: Why I am a Christian (and not a Muslim)

As long as I can remember I’ve been a Christian. It’s not up to me to say exactly when God decided that I became “saved,” but I can’t point to … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Muhammad and Paul

In honor of the movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ” which came out on Friday I’m writing a little about Paul and Muhammad. As many of you know, I’m writing a … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

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 · 3 Comments

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

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Mark Biddle

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