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The Travel Ban, Politics, and the Bible

Thanks to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump got a victory last week. From late 2015 Trump pledged to halt Muslim immigration; his “Travel Ban” from six majority-Muslim countries is a … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Travel Ban, Politics, and the Bible

Thanks to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump got a victory last week. From late 2015 Trump pledged to halt Muslim immigration; his “Travel Ban” from six majority-Muslim countries is a … Continue reading

July 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? See Acts 17!

If you do a google search on today’s question, you will find many, many pieces by Christians who argue that Christians and Muslims worship different gods.  Almost always the reasoning … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Numbers 25 and Interpreting the Qur’an

I’m teaching a Master’s level course in New Testament, so this week I’m writing about a passage that I will be discussing in class. Numbers 25 is in the Old … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sunnis and Shi’a

Over the past few weeks a number of people have asked about the differences between Sunni and Shi’a Islam. The differences between the two usually don’t matter much in practice, … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

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 · 1 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
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