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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

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

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