‘Islam and North America’: Loving Our Muslim Neighbors [Book Review]: Christy Thornton
Take a look around you. Chances are, you’ve recently seen a woman in a hijab shopping in the grocery store, a Muslim family picnicking in a nearby park, or noticed a mosque across town. As of 2015, there were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world and 3.3 million Muslims living in the United States. These numbers are expected to rise in the next decade (20, 28). Consequently, the need for mission-minded Christians to consider how to reach their Muslim friends only grows more urgent.
Into this milieu, Micah Fries and Keith Whitfield’s 175-page edited volume Islam and North America (B&H, available November 1) aims to prepare “the church to know and love our Muslim friends and neighbors, and to help you learn how to personally declare and display the gospel of Jesus to them” (xvii). There is always more work to be done to prepare the church for its mission, but this little book does its part to help. …Read More.
You Are Not Timeless or Placeless: Trevin Wax
One of the peculiar characteristics of living in a time of expressive individualism—a time in which many conceive the purpose of life in terms of their ability to find and express a version of themselves that resists conformity with previous generations, family constraints, or other outside forces—is the notion that we are both timeless and placeless. Timeless, in that we have no obligations to our forebears and little responsibility for future generations. Placeless, in that no roots can hold us down or put a claim on us when we have endless geographical choices before us. …Read More.
Why Young Christian Leaders are Already Experiencing “Dark Nights of the Soul”: Chuck Lawless
Some years ago, I wrote a post entitled, “Why Christian Leaders Struggle with ‘Dark Nights of the Soul’” that caught some steam. I’m afraid it spoke to many of us who’ve been in ministry for any length of time. These days, I’m beginning to hear from many young leaders who also deal with dark nights—sometimes very early in their ministries. Here’s my sense of why this is happening. …Read More.