Religions and mission in the Arab world
FEBRUARY 2009: RECONCILIATION

We are glad to welcome some new writers for St Francis Magazine (SFM). It is great to see the interest in our magazine grow! We know that many missionaries in the Arab World and beyond use our articles for educating themselves and others. This is why we began our work 4 years ago, and all of us involved in this publication are happy to serve you!

In March we will publish the second book in our Grassroots series. The first issue is still available; have a look here , and order you copy if you did not do so! The second issue, focusing on matters of reconciliation, can also be ordered at that website.

Our next four issues of SFM will be on Discipleship, the Quran, Insider Movements, and Recruitment issues. If you think you want to contribute an article for any of those issues, contact us!

Serving together,

Rev. Dr. John Stringer
editor [at] stfrancismagazine.info

 

 

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Reconciliation among the Bedouin

Sarang Kim, a Korean missionary in the Arab World, writes about methods of reconciliation among Bedouin in the Arab World. This gives us some helpful insights for presenting our Biblical message of reconciliation between God and man in a way that engages with the Bedouin in particular, and Arabs in general. >> Download the article

 
Christian Mission and Ecumenism

In this article, Rev. Dr. John Stringer presents his view that Christian mission without ecumenism is unbiblical. He argues that the Christian view of the unity of the Church is a diaconal answer to the problems that Arab societies face, namely the unresolved tension between the desire for uniformity and the reality of pluriformity. >> Download the article

 
A Sufi Approach to Issues of Gender and Reconciliation

Sophia Kim, a Korean missionary in the Arab World, shows how there has been a great diversity in the views on the meaning of gender in Islam. In Sufism in particular women have been able to play a leading role in developing spirituality than in the shariah-based ‘orthodox’ Islam. >> Download the article

 
Raymond Lull: Medieval Theologian, Philosopher, and Missionary to Muslims

J. Scott Bridger is a lecturer and researcher in cross-cultural studies in the Arab World. He has written this fine article on Raymond Lull, who should be our hero; he was the first European missionary to the world of Arab Islam, and he was a pioneer in developing a true missiology for doing this. >> Download the article

 
The Certainty Trap or the Arrogance Trap; A Response to Bill Musk

Bill Musk’s most recent book, The Certainty Trap, is reviewed in this article by the Rev. Joey Shaw. Shaw challenges Musk’s view that much interfaith tension is related to the certainty of specific Christian and Muslim hermeneutics; certainty is not the issue, but arrogance, argues Shaw. >> Download the article

 
In-situ Mobilization

This article argues that by mobilizing the members of expatriate churches in the Muslim world, mission in those countries can make a step forward. The four authors from different nationalities and all working in the Arabian Peninsula, present a way in which members in those churches can be motivated and trained to play a role in cross-cultural mission. >> Download the article

 
Missionary Activities and Human Rights

In 2008, a project group in the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief proposed this code of conduct for missionary activities. This is a valuable proposal for any missionary working in the Arab World. Mission agencies should engage with this proposal and discuss where they may be using methods that could be considered unethical. >> Download the article

 
Newsflash
Great Source of Coptic-Orthodox Books and all FREE

Bless those Copts in Australia - they are making great numbers of books by Coptic-Orthodox writers available on the web. 200 different titles thus far.  Do have a look and use this resource for understanding the Christians in Egypt.  Have a look at Coptic Orthodox Electronic Publishing Australia - www.coepa.org.

 
Public Opinion in the Arab World on Terrorism, al-Qaeda, and US policies

WorldPublicOpinion.org of the University of Maryland published a very interesting survey, done in some Muslim countries.  Good for understanding the Arab world.  You can download the pdf-file HERE.

 
How you can browse the web without being detected

Some of you are not happy to visit mission related websites as you fear that wrong eyes watch it.  You can securely browse without detection by using some great free services.  I suggest for windows you have a look at www.gpass1.com.  If you have an Apple, use www.torproject.org

 
The problem of consensus in Islam

I came across this interesting article on the efforts of the Jordanian Aal al-Bait institute (related to the Hashemite royal family). It discusses the efforts of this institute to reform Islam. Download HERE.

 
Interpersonal Conflict Management Styles of Jordanian Managers

Kamil Kozan wrote this very useful paper on interpersonal conflict management among Jordanian managers. This gives useful insight in Arab society, Download this article HERE.

 
Guidelines for Funding Ministries in the Muslim World

Earlier this year, a paper was created about best practice in the funding of indigenous ministry by Western missions in the Muslim World. It was produced by the Muslim World Forum (MWF) of Global Connections (GC). GC is a UK network of mission agencies, churches, colleges and service agencies with a passion for the world for missions. Download the paper here.