What does the Muslim faith teach about Jesus? “Christians have tremendous freedom to talk to Muslims about Jesus. Jesus is the center of our faith; the center of salvation, and that’s what we want to share with Muslims. We can do that because Muslims are required to believe in Jesus.” — Alan Shlemon, Speaker & Author, Stand to Reason The mission field is no longer hundreds of miles away; it is now right outside our… Read More →Video: What does the Muslim faith teach about Jesus?
This article was originally posted on June 9, 2016 as an adaptation from a Christian Worldview Thinking Podcast interview with Alan Shlemon. The full audio interview is available here. Aaron Atwood: Alan, thanks so much for your time. I want to dive in. Today I want to ask you this question: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? That’s a great question. There’s been a lot of discussion about that recently, amongst both Muslims and Christians, precipitated… Read More →From the Archives: Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?
It’s been a dark, violent season. In the aftermath of another mass shooting, aggressive gun control advocates accused their political opponents of hiding behind prayer instead of taking legislative action. It’s a vicious, petty mess, but underneath all the rhetoric and mudslinging of “prayer shaming” are important questions about prayer – questions we need to answer.
What you think about God and his creation are the two most important aspects of who you are. You can’t have a corrupt root system and get righteous fruit from it. Throughout scripture, we see that God has a heart for people in cities. Adam had his Eden, Jesus had his Jerusalem, David had his Bethlehem. Paul said, “I have to get to Rome.” Chris Brooks has his Detroit.
A revolution in thinking about the hereafter may be sweeping the evangelical community, at least if one popular Christian blogger has his way. Benjamin L. Corey offers an out-of-the-mainstream perspective on hell — the state or destination for those who die outside of Christ, as traditionally held by all Christians.
Barbara Brown Taylor, a renowned former pastor, has released a memoir, “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” in which she explores the spiritual power of darkness. A profile of Taylor is featured in the newest edition of Time Magazine. In the cover story, “Let There Be Night,” Taylor, one of Time‘s 100 most influential people, indicates that darkness “may save us all.”
When Todd Burpo, a pastor at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Nebraska, hears his 4-year-old son describe his supposed journey to heaven, which he experienced while undergoing an emergency operation for a burst appendix, he is forced to ask: Can a young boy, who is near death, really experience heaven, walk with Jesus, and return to earth to talk about it?
Some see God as a judge who, after a couple of millennia of contemplation, decides to punish his own son for the sin of humanity. This picture falls well short of the full truth. In scripture God reveals himself as the redeemer buying back his wayward creation.
Things function best according to design. If we ignore God’s design for eating, our bodies function poorly. If we ignore creation’s balance, we overharvest and choke the life out of the earth. Ignoring design breaks faith with the designer. The theological term for this is sin.
Christianity rejects the reduction of human life to an “episode between two oblivions” as Ernest Nagel memorably phrased it. “Good” is the word repeatedly used in the biblical creation account to describe all of creation, especially the creation of humans. Our English word “good” simply does not convey the goodness of this kind of good.
Oprah used to be a Baptist until she heard a pastor describe God as “jealous.” Merriam-Webster defines “jealous” as “intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness.” It’s not a bad characteristic, but it’s also not something people brag about: “What an amazing person—she’s so jealous!” Oprah’s theology doesn’t allow for negative vibes created by words like jealousy, so she walked away from a belief of Jesus as savior.
I was staring into the open grave of my son Christopher. The nightmare all parents dread had become my life. Had I been physically able to muster more tears, I would have been weeping uncontrollably. As I watched four men struggle to lower a steel lid over the grave vault holding Christopher’s miniature white casket, I realized I would see his little smiling face no more.