Archives for Apr 2013

Co-existence and the Common Good

Whenever I speak at churches about Christian-Muslim relations, I find that usually people respond in one of two ways: people want to convert Muslims, or they fear them. For many evangelicals, our relationship with Muslims can be summarized as one of two polar opposites: conversion or conflict. It is either world evangelization or the clash of civilizations. But are those really the only options?

You Christians Have An Image Problem

"You Christians have an image problem," my Turkish friend told me. We had been meeting for several weeks - six couples and a single friend, Christians and Muslims, sharing meals and our respective faiths. We had developed a level of trust and respect that allowed us to speak openly.

The Man From Salalah

On the last evening of 2011, as daylight blurred into nightfall, I sat quietly in a plane on a runway flanked by desert in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I was nearing the completion of a long trip from Washington, D.C. to Muscat, the capital of Oman, a country occupying the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. I was bracing to begin a two-week graduate seminar in Christian-Muslim relations at Al Amana Centre in Muscat.