December 17th, 2015
Miroslav Volf’s “Allah: A Christian Response” is directed at Christians like John Piper by name, Christians who believe the Bible teaches that the Muslim God is very much unlike Jesus. Volf argues Muslims and Christians worship a common God. The thrust of his book’s message proclaims something less than the Gospel.Read the rest of the post...
December 14th, 2015
The 99 Names of Allah are important to Muslims because the Quran speaks of them (Quran 7:180), and encourages Muslims to call upon Allah by these names. In this lecture by Amr Khaled, we learn about the Islamic meaning of the name “El-Wadud” (Ever-Loving). At the end of the post I discuss whey the Quran’s teaching about love is deficient when compared with the Bible.Read the rest of the post...
December 10th, 2015
Martin Luther’s pamphlet On War Against the Turks (1528) is the great reformers response to Islam. In it he rejects crusades. He laments the heartbreak and misery they caused when Islam ought to have been opposed “with the Word and with prayer.” Luther also argued that clergy should preach and pray, not bear arms and fight, “If I were a soldier and saw in the battlefield a priest’s banner or cross, even if it were the very crucifix, I would run away as though the very devil were chasing me.”Read the rest of the post...
December 8th, 2015
“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return on investment, Bin Laden has done really well…Every time the West has intervened in the Middle East for the last 200 years it has led to a much worse situation both for the people of the region and for the West.”
–Bernard Haykel, Professor at Princeton University
December 7th, 2015
Bernard Haykel, Professor at Princeton University, says there is no question ISIS is drawing inspiration from Islamic texts. He said members of the Islamic State know the Islamic texts better than most Muslims.Read the rest of the post...
December 1st, 2015
This is the story of David, an Egyptian Islamic Professor and his converstion to Christianity.Read the rest of the post...
October 7th, 2015
The account of Sultan Muhammed Paul’s conversion to Christianity. One of the things God used in the Sultans conversion was a Christian inviting him to read the Bible.Read the rest of the post...
September 12th, 2015
Fikret Bocek, graduate of Westminster Seminary California and a Reformed church planter and pastor in Izmir (Smyrna), tells the story of his conversion from Islam to Christianity, of his arrest, of the martyrdom of Turkish Christians, and of the establishment of a Reformed congregation in Turkey.Read the rest of the post...
July 22nd, 2015
Fragments of what may be world’s oldest Quran have been found at the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating puts the fragments somewhere between 568 and 645 AD. These Quranic pages went unrecognized in the university library for almost 100 years.Read the rest of the post...
July 18th, 2015
The Quran teaches that God is “the Utterly Just” (Al-‘Adl), and the Quran says God is:
“the justest of judges” (ahkam al-hakimeen, Quran 11:45; 95:8).
“the best of judges” (khayru alhakimeena, Quran 7:87; 10:109; 12:80)
“The Holy,” “The Pure,” and “The Perfect” (Al-Quddus, Quran 59:23; 62:1).
The reason I am interested in this this particular video is not only because of Amr Khaled’s popularity, but because I would like to see if Amr Khaled addresses one of the central issues of the Bible: How is God both forgiving and just?
Is God’s forgiveness of great sinners holy?
Is God’s pardon of great sin just?
Does God have to ignore some of His Names in order to show mercy to sinners?
Will the angels of heaven be able to look at forgiven sinners and also see objects of God’s perfect, holy, and just judgment?
God’s mercy and justice are two important themes the Bible brings together, and I am interested to learn how Muslims answer the question: How can God show mercy to sinners while still being perfectly holy and utterly just?