Prayer Request from Friends of Turkish Martyrs

Last Thursday I received a prayer request from some Christians we know in Turkey. A German friend of theirs and two other Turkish believers (one pictured here from news reports) had been murdered while working at a Christian publishing house in the city of Malatya. The assailants are in custody and have admitted the killingsContinue reading “Prayer Request from Friends of Turkish Martyrs”

Burquas and Bikinis

Found an interesting article by Raymond Bonner of the New York Times on Muslims lifesavers in Cronulla, site of the race riots in Sydney a bit over a year ago. Australian Muslims Go for Surf, Lifesaving and Burqinis “As a teenager growing up in a Sydney suburb, Mecca Laalaa never felt anything but Australian, evenContinue reading “Burquas and Bikinis”

Jesus Through Muslim Eyes

For reconciliation to ever occur between Muslims and Christians, surely one of the tasks set before us is to understand Jesus through Muslim eyes as this article attempts:   In the year 630 A.D, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) achieved one of his most cherished goals: the occupation of Mecca and the subsequent cleansing of theContinue reading “Jesus Through Muslim Eyes”

Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis

I love this poem by Rumi, the Sufi mystic: I called through your door, “The mystics are gathering in the street. Come out!” “Leave me alone. I’m sick.” “I don’t care if you’re dead! Jesus is here, and he wants to resurrect somebody!” Although there are significant differences between Muslim and Christian perspectives of Christ,Continue reading “Jesus in the Eyes of the Sufis”

Muslim Peril?

And the dill of the month award goes to…Danna Vale! Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone has lambasted a Liberal Party colleague for warning an abortion pill could help Australia become a Muslim nation. Danna Vale yesterday backed moves for parliament to retain power of approval over the controversial abortion-inducing pill RU486. Ms Vale argued that retainingContinue reading “Muslim Peril?”

Religious Kitcsh: Barbie Does Dharma

Secret Spells Barbie – “An ordinary schoolgirl by day, Secret Spells Barbie transforms at night. Open the included book to discover the mysterious compartment holding her secrets. Includes fun, potion-making accessories, including two mixes for making magic potions you can really drink.” Razanne – The “modest” Muslim alternative to Barbie – “At first glance, thisContinue reading “Religious Kitcsh: Barbie Does Dharma”

Shadows of Sexual Frustration?

There’s some interesting musings about the root causes of terrorism at Times & Seasons, a Mormon blog I came across through John Morehead. It has been reported that Bernard Lewis, a noted ‘Arabist’ at Princeton, recently gave a briefing to senior policy makers in Washington where he listed chastity as one of the root causesContinue reading “Shadows of Sexual Frustration?”

McLaren on other religions

In his book, The Church on the Other Side, Brian McLaren writes: “One of the toughest challenges in the church on the other side will be to develop a new way of talking about – and with -other religions.” I would like to kick off this new site by inviting the emergent church to seriouslyContinue reading “McLaren on other religions”