Hearing: The necessary component for growth

In his messages to the churches in the Book of Revelation, Jesus repeatedly says: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (2:7,11,17,29; 3:6,13,22). Even though Jesus is talking to those who are comprising each one of the seven churches, and even though Jesus is standing among them as … Continue reading Hearing: The necessary component for growth

More about Ishmaelites

I had a conversation yesterday with a colleague. We were talking about God's prophecy and promise to Hagar about Ishmael. After I had explained what the promise was meant to convey he said, "But what about the ongoing conflict the Arabs have with Israel?" His comment demonstrates the misunderstanding that persists about the promise to … Continue reading More about Ishmaelites

Sharing our faith with our Muslim friends by building bridges

I was talking today with a couple that is hosting a Muslim friend in their home. They mentioned that they got a bit frustrated with their conversations with this Muslim friend. Even though they had been careful to point out the differences between the two faiths, the Muslim friend would always end the conversations by … Continue reading Sharing our faith with our Muslim friends by building bridges

Race in America: Reflecting on our Assumptions about Race

The time for racial reconciliation is always now. However, for many of us, our assumptions about race actually hinder racial reconciliation. Those of us who are white tend to have a Reaganesque view of race (and poverty). Well, I suggest that the time is now for us to reconsider some of our fundamental assumptions (our … Continue reading Race in America: Reflecting on our Assumptions about Race