Tag Archives: Christians and Muslims

Encountering the World of Islam

29 Jul

What does it mean to be a follower of Islam? The question is a simple one, but the answers are not. According to the Pew Research Center, there are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today – that’s nearly ¼ of the world’s entire population! Spread out across six continents, these faithful seek each day to become more wholly submitted to the will of Allah, but what this looks like can vary tremendously from one sect to another. That’s why Keith E. Swartley’s textbook, “Encountering the World of Islam” was one of my first stops as I began seeking a deeper understanding of a faith so different from my own.

Designed to provide Christians with an introduction to the development and expression of Muslim belief, “Encountering the World of Islam” takes an in depth look at the origins, theology, and culture which surround this historic faith. In eleven carefully planned lessons, readers will learn what it means to be a Muslim, what the faith looks like in daily life, and how they can most effectively communicate their own faith with their Islamic friends. Supplemental readings introduced students to the world of Muslim missions (and some of the difficult questions which surround the topic) while practical activities help readers to better understand the culture which surrounds one of our world’s biggest religions. Join in the online community and you’ll receive an even more enlightening introduction!

Re-released in updated form by IVP Books in 2012, “Encountering the World of Islam” is available for $27.12 in paperback and makes an excellent introduction for everyone from the casual observer to the mission-minded believer!

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Josh McDowell Ministry

26 Nov

As an agnostic college student, Josh McDowell was more than willing to respond to the challenge of his Christian friends to defeat their faith on an intellectual level.  After all, if Christianity were false (a worthless religion), it should be easy enough to disprove!  What Josh found, however, was entirely different.  As he investigated the claims of Christ, he discovered that the evidence was deeply in favor of the faith he sought to deny.  The discovery changed his life… and he has been sharing the story ever since.

The Josh McDowell Ministry is centered upon making a case for the Christian faith and Josh and his team have assembled a wealth of resources to help anyone who is interested in actively seeking answers to life’s difficult questions.  From agnostics (those who really just don’t know whether God exists and, if He does, whether He really cares) to confirmed believers, the Josh McDowell Ministry has a little something for everyone!

Not sure about the Christian faith?  Then Answers to Skeptic’s Questions is the link for you!  Josh addresses questions like, “Why should I believe your interpretation of the Bible?”, “Why does a good God allow evil to exist?”, “How do you explain contradictions in the resurrection story?”, and more.  From the broadly philosophical to specific questions about Biblical teaching, you’ll find some of the most common (and best) questions about the Christian faith answered right here.

More interested in practical issues?  Take a look at Answers for Teens where Josh addresses topics ranging from parents and self-image to sex and abuse.  Or, visit the resources page where you’ll find everything from books to free downloads on the subjects that matter most.  Prefer to watch and listen?  This link will give you access to recordings of Josh’s testimony, the latest ministry videos, and even a podcast you can enjoy on your way to school or work!

Resources are great, but Josh also recognizes that the message of the Gospel is one of relationship – both between God and men and between people as individuals.  To this end, he is actively involved in building positive relationships between Christians and Muslims through A Bridge to Understanding.  Take a moment to view the video “Love Thy Neighbor” and check out ways that you can become involved in sharing the Good News with those who are seeking to know God.

Want to be more involved?  Ministries like this don’t exist without the help of regular staff and dedicated volunteers.  Click on the embedded link if you’d like to explore opportunities to serve.

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