Archives for Sep 2015

Love Wins Again in Louisville After Mosque Vandalism

On September 16th, members of a Louisville Islamic center arrived at the mosque to find it vandalized with disturbing messages spray painted across the building. But the malicious act, supposedly intended to cause division in the community, actually had the exact oppositive effect.

FAQ 6: What Is Jesus-Centered Peacemaking?

We rejoice that conflict resolution and peacemaking have become major fields of study in colleges and universities. We have learned much from secular research and will continue to engage with scholars and practitioners in this field. Nevertheless, we are Jesus-centered in our approach. Here are five truths that define what Jesus-centered peacemaking means to us:

FAQ 5: Are You Teaching Chrislam?

Those of us who love Muslims or make peace with Muslims are often accused of compromising our faith. Some people even claim we are teaching “Chrislam,” a syncretistic blending of Christianity and Islam.

FAQ 4: Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9) AND “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). How do we reconcile these two famous peace passages?

FAQ 3: Why Should We Bother With Peacemaking?

We often hear statements like this: “You shouldn’t work for peace, because the Bible teaches that there will never truly be peace on this earth (particularly in the Middle East). What you are trying to do is futile according to Scripture. The Bible teaches that the end times will be an age of horrendous persecution and spiritual darkness. So your efforts are useless!”