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

Loving Muslims

If you go to church much (and maybe even if you don’t go at all), you probably know that, for Christians, biblical “love” is not a feeling; biblical love is … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Israel and the Middle East: Trump Getting it Right

Yes, you read the title correctly. President Trump has earned praise, so I will give him his credit due, with the hope that he will earn more.  Even more important, … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

American Peacemaker

It doesn’t happen often, but this past week a video which all Americans should watch went viral.  It’s a video of Ibn Ali Miller not doing anything tremendously extraordinary. He … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Highest Form of Love

If you’ve read this blog much, you know that I write a lot about the Bible’s command to love others. While Christian disagree about a lot of things, we all … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Introductions: Psalm 1 and the Qur’an

Let’s agree right from the start that the Qur’an is not easy to interpret. Christians who try to read it have trouble making sense of it. Here’s a secret (sort … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Travel Ban 2.0: A Gift for ISIS

Muslims and Christians agree that we must fight and destroy ISIS and similar groups (Boko Haram, al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, etc.) So as I’ve written earlier, I’m glad that President … Continue reading

March 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Basics: Islam in a Word

Christians: if you had to condense your faith, what you believe, into one word (not a name! “Jesus” doesn’t count) what would it be? “Love,” perhaps, or “grace,” or “faith?” … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Odyssey of a Somalian Immigrant

Since President Trump’s executive order banning the admission of non-US citizens from seven Muslim countries, many Christians have been debating the pros and cons of accepting immigrants from places which … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Promoting Peace: Why we Should NOT Move the Embassy to Jerusalem

Last week, in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom, President Trump appeared to change two important parts of his Middle East policy. In January Trump criticized President Obama’s … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Middle East 101: Hamas and Palestinian Leadership

One of the big pieces to the ongoing conflict between Israel and its neighbors is the role of the group Hamas, which has a major leadership presence in Palestine. Christians … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · Leave a comment
The Text in Context

Helping modern readers engage with ancient biblical texts

Mark Biddle

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