Muslim convention welcomes Christian dialogue

Sep 26, 2016 by and

CHICAGO — At the largest annual gathering of Muslims in North America, thousands browsed a bustling bazaar showcasing products, businesses and opportunities by and for Muslims. Of more than 500 booths, only...

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Encounters with grace and dogma

Jul 18, 2016 by

A few days before Ramadan began I visited London Central mosque. It’s a huge building at the edge of Regent’s Park in the middle of the city. London is a bustling and diverse city with its first Muslim...

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Are Allah and God the same?

Feb 4, 2016 by

Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? It seems simple. Muslims view Allah as the creator, the one who called Abraham, the one who gave the Ten Commandments at Sinai. And there is only one God. So of...

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Our Muslim neighbors

Feb 1, 2016 by

When we talk about living in peace with Muslims, some Christians become uneasy. They reason that because Islam and Christianity have such differences, true peace isn’t possible. Yet a call to live in peace...

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Love urged for Muslim neighbors

Jan 26, 2016 by and

MORTON, Ill. — About 60 people gathered Jan. 24 at First Mennonite Church to learn about their Muslim neighbors from Eastern Mennonite Missions Christian/Muslim relations consultant Jona­than Bornman of...

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Could a Kristallnacht happen here?

Dec 21, 2015 by

After a campaign of fear-mongering antisemitism directed at Jews in Nazi Germany, an enflamed citizenry went on a two-night rampage of burning synagogues and vandalizing Jewish homes, schools and businesses....

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How is a call to arms ‘Christ-centered’?

Dec 16, 2015 by and

Daryl Byler, executive director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, wrote this open letter to his former law school colleague Jerry Falwell Jr. Condensed here, it was...

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Confessing the peace of Jesus in a terroristic world

Nov 19, 2015 by

Our world needs communities of witness and healing who confess that the God of the universe is fully revealed in that man on a cross who forgives and reconciles his enemies and who in his resurrection brings...

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EMM worker has lively encounters with Islam

Nov 11, 2015 by and

Teaching at European seminaries in September, David W. Shenk said conversations everywhere were about how to respond to the continent’s refugee crisis. Shenk, a member of Eastern Mennonite Missions’...

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Is Islam inherently violent?

Apr 1, 2015 by

An increasing number of people, especially in conservative Christian circles, are claiming that Islam is an inherently violent religion. They point to all the violence in the history of Islam and all of the...

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Three monotheisms

Mar 2, 2015 by

The Catholic theologian Hans Küng has said, “No peace among the nations without peace among the religions.” Current tension between Islam and Christianity illustrates the truth of that statement. Peace...

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On the paths with Muslims

Mar 2, 2015 by

David Shenk, longtime East Africa missionary and Eastern Mennonite Missions ambassador and administrator, is also a widely read interpreter of Christian mission in Islamic contexts. Twelve Paths is his fourth...

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God’s devouring fire

Feb 23, 2015 by

Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him. — Psalm 50:3 When God comes near, there’s a devouring flame — a fire that burns away all the...

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Muslims, Mennonites and anti-religious backlash

Jan 14, 2015 by

Places of worship burned to the ground by arsonists. Increased police surveillance of neighborhoods where members of the community live. An entire group viewed with suspicion and animosity because of their...

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The other radical fringe

Sep 15, 2014 by

Those who spread terror in the name of religion are known as extremists, but the term is far too mild. To proudly commit brutal murders on video, as the terrorist group Islamic State has done, is not taking...

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Islamist terrorism horrifies Muslims

Sep 15, 2014 by

With all the terrible actions of Islamist extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria, there’s a lot of concern and worry about Islam-inspired terrorism today — in the Muslim world. Surprised? It turns out...

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EMM team offers Christ-centered response to terrorism

Sep 8, 2014 by and

SALUNGA, Pa. — “Are Muslims trying to take over America?” “Who are the true Muslims, the peaceful ones or the violent ones?” “How should Christians respond to jihadi Muslims?” “Isn’t force...

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Becoming good neighbors

Sep 1, 2014 by and

PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria — Fruitful relationships between Muslims and Christians are possible, even in places wracked by interfaith violence. More than 250 Bible school leaders took part in seminars on that...

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Scripture wasn’t written for men alone

May 27, 2014 by

After seeing the film, The Stoning of Soraya M., it is clear that it is far too easy for Christians and Jews to rush to judgments of Islam. The film raises questions not only about the few evil practitioners...

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Russian video seminary addresses religious pluralism

Apr 28, 2014 by and

KURSK, Russia — Trinity Video Seminary recorded a new video course taught by David Shenk, global consultant for Eastern Mennonite Missions, in March. “What Difference Does Jesus Make in a World of Many...

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