Religions and mission in the Arab world

What should we focus on in this magazine when God’s people are facing challenges that seem to threaten their very survival in the Middle East? We remind ourselves that the truths of scripture do not change in the face of evil unleashed, ‘I will build my Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it’. As we publish this month, so too we invite all of our readers to read the scriptures with an ear to God showing us how to pray and work in the region at this point in its history.


God is at work. He is building his church. That is why we will be running a series over the next few months on discipleship, written by a Believer from a Muslim Background. In this first article he outlines for us some of the fundamentals of discipling a BMB with a call to teach the whole counsel of scripture. We would welcome your stories and learning on discipleship as we seek to grow our understanding of how to apply scripture to the context and worldview of those from the Muslim faith who are choosing to follow Jesus.


We are given another lens for looking at the Arab Spring in an article that applies the thinking Kuyper, a Dutch reformed minister, to review what the outworking of the Arab Spring. Asking the question, what is an appropriate Christian response, Taylor Graham Smythe, and Prisca Smythe lay out an alternative approach for Christians toward the Middle East. This seems a timely article in the light of present events.


These articles provide a call to live well, to keep future focussed with God at the centre and an over-arching belief that he is who he says he is and will do all that he says he will do. They remind us not to grow weary in doing good. God is Lord of the nations.


Two further articles provide alternative approaches to practices in reaching out to our Muslim friends. They reflect on readings of scripture and ask us to consider whether there is a reductionism in our approach to contextualising the word. Salaam Corniche looks at the ‘man of peace’ motif, while D.W. McKeon has some questions about recent revisions to the Perspective course.


That God is building his Church in the Middle East today is undisputed. That the Church in the Middle East is under enormous pressure today is undisputed. That we his people are called to look for what God is doing and join with him in his mission is the journey we are all called to. We offer you this selection of articles to help you in that journey at this time.

Melani McNeil



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Discipleship: What are the needs of a BMB Part 1 >>Download the pdf
‘Man of Peace’ Show Thyself >>Download the pdf
A Kuyperian Vision for the Middle East >>Download the pdf
Perspectives and the Insider Movement >>Download the pdf
Book Review: The Inheritance of Rome: Europe from 400  to 1000  >>Download the pdf
Complete Issue St Francis Magazine Vol 10, No 3 | August 2014  >> Download the pdf
A special report from the End Nuba Genocide Coalition. While this new crisis in South Sudan has received deserved attention from the international community, the ongoing crises in Sudan remains in a state of near abandonment. Download the Report here.
Report on the growth of Christians in Algeria
A recent report on the growth of Christians in Algeria is based on field research and shows God at work in this nation. Read the report HERE

Muslims turning to Christ

A conference paper on how the environment of the 20th C. has changed, which has created a situation wherein more Muslims than ever are becoming Christians.

The paper can be found HERE

Egypt- Azhar and churches embrace

Interesting developments in Egypt: Al-Azhar publishes a 'bill of civil rights' and the churches love it.

MEC Report on Sudan
Middle East Concern just released a report on the tensions in Sudan due to the upcoming referendum.  Download the pdf here

Islamic Televangelism
Good report on the status of Islamic Televangelism HERE