Archives for Jan 2014

Terrorism and Peacemaking in Pakistan (Part One)

Meet Mossarat Qadeem. She illustrates the side of Pakistan that most Americans never hear about. She leads an organization called Mothers for Change, a womens group unlike any other I have heard of. The goal of her organization is to identify mothers whose sons are being radicalized - young men who are being drawn into Taliban or Al Qaeda type terrorist organizations.

Can You Be a Follower of Jesus and NOT Be a Peacemaker?

I was invited to put on a peacemaking seminar and speak at a large evangelical church. A few months after I confirmed, they also asked me if I would be willing to speak to elementary school children at their Christian school. I do not usually speak to children and was not too excited about it. But when I remembered how Jesus rebuked his disciples for not receiving and blessing children, I knew I had to speak.

Thomas Jefferson, Eboo Patel, and Religious Pluralism

Why would I link the illustrious (principal) author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and its third president with 38-year-old Indian Muslim immigrant Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core? The answer is that Jefferson consciously paved the way for Muslims to be citizens of the country he helped to found.

A Biblical Alternative to Interfaith Dialogue

I think I am allergic to interfaith dialogue. When I get near interfaith dialogue events, I begin to gnash my teeth in frustration at the tendency toward superficial, lowest-common-denominator discussions about how similar we all are and the often-aggressive hostility toward very basic religious practices such as evangelization. When I, as a Christian, am asked to come to such events but am told that no sharing of faith will be allowed, I feel as if I am being asked to leave a part of my faith at the door. How can an event be interfaith if I cannot bring my faith fully and wholly?