May 30, 2011
In 2008 I led a conference in Kenya of fifty evangelical leaders from around the world. One of the issues on the table was how to counter the increasing alienation between Muslims and Christians. The result? We wrote a consensus document for evangelicals called The Grace and Truth Affirmation. In this document, we commend nine biblical guidelines for inter-religious engagement with Muslims, one of which is to be persistent in our call for religious freedom:
May 26, 2011
I am writing from Yale University in New Haven, CT where I am preparing for the upcoming Building Hope conference (June 13-22, 2011). I am consulting with the Reconciliation Program directed by Joseph Cumming. The Reconciliation Program is part of Yaleâ€™s Center for Faith & Culture, directed by Miroslav Volf.
May 23, 2011
A close friend of mine was sharing his heart with me. â€œRick, I was talking about the Seven Resolutions Against Prejudice, Hatred & Discrimination with a well-known pastor. The pastor dismissed the document without even reading it, saying, â€˜I donâ€™t do interfaith stuff!â€™ How do I respond to this?â€
May 19, 2011
In his short series on the subject of jihad, Dr. David Johnston now explains the concepts of the â€œgreaterâ€ and â€œlesser jihadâ€, as found in the Quran. You may be surprised at the conclusion!
May 16, 2011
I ended the first half of this blog arguing that Sayyid Qutbâ€™s definition of jihad, as total and permanent war until Islam reigns supreme in the world, was a throwback to the consensus of Muslim jurists and theologians in the classical period, and a vigorous push back against the modern Islamic consensus that military jihad can only be justified in the case of foreign invasion. Let me unpack that here.
May 9, 2011
Jeff Burns, Peace Catalyst's Northeast Regional Director, met with Eboo Patel in March and is now featured on the IFYC website. Check out his Bio and story Walking with Muslims, and when you're done, make sure to check out the rest of the website and find out what this organization is all about!
May 7, 2011
In this guest post, Islamic Studies specialist David L. Johnston gives background on the "sword verses" in the Quran and the concept of jihad.
May 6, 2011
Tucked into an inconspicuous corner of a Phoenix strip mall, the Golden Valley Restaurant has that wonderful, familiar, inviting feel of somewhere youâ€™ve been before. Maybe itâ€™s the squad of welcoming faces waiting inside the door; maybe itâ€™s the close round-table environment that encourages conversation and new friendships. There arenâ€™t many places one can go nowadays and be served like family on a first visit, but thatâ€™s exactly the sort of feeling I experienced 15 minutes into my first visit to Golden Valley.
May 3, 2011
Rick Love's response to the death of Osama Bin Ladin. Is it wrong to be happy that someone who has been behind so much pain and suffering around the world is no longer able to do so?
May 2, 2011
What if the incarnation took place in San Diego, in 2011? How would Jesus tell the parable of the Good Samaritan?