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

Israel and Palestine: Unpleasant Statistics

I’ve been posting recently about Muslim attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (you might want to look at a couple I´ve done in the last ten days). In another week or … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christians and the Jerusalem Truck Attack

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure.’” (Psalms 122:6) Last week, a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem (part of the West Bank) drove a … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The “Right to Exist” – Christian and Muslim Perspectives

After last week’s post, my good friend Skip Schwarz, a Baptist minister and retired ski chaplain, sent me a long email, raising questions about my explanation about how Muslims look … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Christians, Israel, and the UN. Or, “What Would Jesus Veto?”

Once again, Israel and Palestine are in the news; once again, almost no one writes about how Muslims might see things. I understand that many Americans really don’t care what … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

Islam and The Virgin Birth of Jesus

Quick quiz.  Which has more to say about the virgin birth of Jesus: the Qur’an, or the Bible? Believe it or not, the right answer is: the Qur’an! Part of … Continue reading

December 25, 2016 · 3 Comments

Christians and American Unity

After a difficult election season, Donald J. Trump will be our next president. Congratulations to my brothers and sisters who supported him. The voters have decided, so now all Americans … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Good Samaritan, 21st Century Style

Something very unusual, even extraordinary, happened to me recently.  As most of my readers know, I’m a Bible scholar, which means that I sometimes go to scholarly conferences. I was … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Seeking Allah Finding Jesus – Nice Story, Incorrect on Islam

I’ve just finished reading the revised edition of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, by Nabeel Qureshi. For those of you who are unaware, this was a New York Times bestseller in … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Can an ISIS member teach Islam?

If you have been reading about ISIS, you know that a big part of its success has been its use of technology to recruit volunteers.  As I’ve posted earlier, ISIS … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

First Hand Experience

One of the most notable and noticeable features of 21st century American churches is our emphasis on creating a visitor-friendly environment. Throughout the country, churches of virtually all denominations teach … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

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