The Quran Says What?

from Shane's Muslim Connect

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In this week’s Muslim Connect I chat with long-time friend, James Wright, an author, academic, and cross-cultural practitioner, who’s lived most of the past 30 years among Muslims in various countries. He’s smart, edgy and a little prophetic. His latest book is “A Christian Reads The Quran.”

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This week’s Muslim Connect celebrates two of my three favorite categories of people: Anabaptists and Muslims. (The third category, of course, is which ever one you fall into!)

The Hutterites are a small, but feisty group of Anabaptists who fled Ukraine to the US and Canada in the 1870’s. They live in communal groups, work as famers and tradesmen and endeavor to be pretty serious about following Jesus.

What Makes A Muslim Love Islam? #1

from Shane's Muslim Connect

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Do you, like me, have a tendency to impugn the motives and character of people who think differently from you? If someone favors the New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos, they definitely approve of cheating. If someone dislikes Indian food, they’re a cretin. If they say “irregardless,” they’re illiterate. 

Sadly, for me this often extends to how I think about other Christians and other faiths. Calvinists are rigid. Mormons legalistic. Unitarians adrift. 

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Pray for Your Enemy

from Shane's Muslim Connect

This much is clear: There are people in the world hell-bent on wreaking havoc. Some have earned the label terrorist and some of those direct their terror-inducing energy toward the U.S. 

Jesus is equally clear: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

What's Got Us on Edge?

from Shane's Muslim Connect

A friend texted me an emoji yesterday I didn’t recognize. Turns out it was the “apology” emoji and not the “Geesh, you’re a dope. I’m never talking to you again” emoji as I had imagined. Apparently I’m not real emoji-intuitive. 

I lack intuition in other areas as well, particularly compared to my capacity to assume! It’s way out of balance. 

I want to help people move from apathy, anxiousness, 

and anger regarding Muslims toward love and engagement. This desire makes the big assumption that some people really feel these things. If this is true and we further assume most of us are more or less rational, there must be stuff behind those emotions: data, experience, belief, etc. 

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