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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!”

FAQ 2: How Does Peacemaking Relate to Evangelism?

What does it mean to be an evangelical peacemaker? For many, this is an oxymoron. How can you be a true peacemaker and at the same time be a faithful evangelical?

FAQ 1: Is It Really Possible to Have Peace Between Christians and Muslims?

Peace Catalyst International gets asked a lot of the same questions over and over again. The wording may be different, but the concerns remain the same. Because of this, we are writing a number of blogs addressing some of our Frequently Asked Questions. FAQ 1: Is It Really Possible to Have Peace Between Christians and Muslims?

Muslims are Asking Questions in Louisville

“We don’t want to just talk about things, we want to do things together, make a difference. Let’s get together and build friendships, not by meeting and discussing our differences, but doing things together.” What would happen if we worked side by side to bless our community?

Crucial Conversations: How To Talk About Tough Issues

This is a book about how to foster healthy conversations about tough issues and maintain open communication in potentially explosive situations. Peacemaking happens in big ways and in very small ways. It happens between conflicting people groups in the world and between individuals in the smallest of conversations, and the principles in Crucial Conversations empower us to both talk about the hard things AND maintain relationship.

Two Nighttime Flights

She was a refugee from Syria, a beautiful young woman, dressed in black from head to toe. A patterned scarf was tied around her head and tucked into a lightweight double-breasted suit coat that skirted the floor. She spoke passionately in a language I couldn’t understand, and her young interpreter had to stop a time or two to choke back tears.