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Archive for December, 2010

Light of the Whole World

Merry Christmas.

HT: Life Together

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What Is a Peacemaker?

Here is a definition of a peacemaker that I wrote as a guest post for Desiring God’s blog:

Our master, Jesus the Messiah, said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Christians are called to be peacemakers. So how are we doing? Is this what we are known for? Does this describe you?

Imagine you were to tell your family that you wanted to be a peacemaker. Would they first think of the church or the UN? “Peacemaker” ought to be synonymous with Christian, especially in light of the frequent New Testament commands to be at peace with others (i. e. Romans 12:1814:192 Corinthians 13:11). Do we realize that not only does Paul give a blessing of grace at the beginning of each of his letters, but he also always includes peace?

But what is a peacemaker? Here is an intentionally peace-filled definition that I hope helps reawaken us to the prominence of peace in the Bible:

A peacemaker is someone who experiences the peace of God (Philippians 4:7) because he is at peace (Romans 5:1) with the God of peace (Philippians 4:9) through the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6), who, indeed, is our peace (Ephesians 2:14), and who therefore seeks to live at peace with all others (Romans 12:18) and proclaims the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15) so that others might have joy and peace in believing (Romans 15:13).

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From Unity:

Bismillah. Received today from rom Imtiaz Wajih:

I am a 49 year old Muslim living in London. I thought it might be a good idea to set up a Meetup group to focus on the shared ground between Christians and Muslims.

We would be delighted if you could join us (even if you are too busy to attend our meetings). Please see the link below:http://www.meetup.com/christianmuslims/

Also, please see our website: http://www.christianmuslims.co.uk

Your comments and feedback would be most welcome. It’s all about peace …

Warm regards,
Imtiaz

This looks interesting and I am glad for Christians and Muslims to gather together in order to better know one another. However, this particular group seems to be of the kind that glosses over all differences between the religions. That is one of the mistakes of modern day dialogues between religions. (The other side of the mistake is to see ourselves in a battle that must be won against those we view as enemies). I still think we can be genuine peacemakers while at the same time standing for truth. We don’t have to pretend we all agree in order to be at peace with one another.

 

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Books on Islam

I’m convinced that one of the most important ways we learn about those who are different than us is by learning from those who are different than us. It is good for Christians to read books about Islam written by Muslims. It is good for Muslims to read books about Christianity by Christians. We shouldn’t be afraid of learning from those with whom we disagree. We should embrace it.

Book lover, Haroon Moghul, suggests some books on Islam that he thinks would be helpful in giving non-Muslims a better picture of Islam. Here are some of the books he listed.

 

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I Pity the Ful

As one who loved the A-Team growing up and enjoys eating ful (it’s an Arabic breakfast dish with really big beans – hard to describe to those who’ve never had it), I loved this cartoon from Abū Ilyās at Dots Under Consonants. His blog is worth checking out. He posts interesting and funny cartoons about Muslim life.

I also like it because I too am Abū Ilyās (Father of Elias).

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On youtube I noticed a song listing the 66 books of the Bible. Then I searched to see if there was something similar for the 114 Surahs of the Qur’an. For those of you who would like to learn them in order, here you go:

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Who Is This Man?

Before scrolling down (and seeing the answers), look at this picture. What do you think this man’s religion is? What do you think his job might be?

Did you guess Christian diplomat from America?

See other old pictures from Syria at Syria News Wire

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