Religions and mission in the Arab world

The deteriorating situation in countries like Iraq, Syria, Sudan in the Middle East region may make us wonder what the future is for many there. But, it is in the midst of this upheaval many are choosing to follow Jesus. That demands that we look at what God is doing, seek to understand it as God does, and continue to seek ways to reach out and disciple those who choose Jesus.

This edition of the St Francis Magazine explores the use of liturgy in the discipling of followers of Jesus from a Muslim background, particularly offering a liturgy for their Baptism. Abu Daoud argues that the Bible is replete with examples that demonstrate the role of liturgy.

Salaam Corniche explores some of the issues in expressions of Christian faith that Muslims react to negatively. He looks at the structures and beliefs of Islam that have shaped belief systems for Muslims and stand behind their reactions.

Corniche’s article is followed by Ian Freeman’s article that looks at the issue of the Son of God, one of the fundamental points of reaction for Muslims. Freeman explores the translation challenges by reviewing the work and conclusions of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) workgroup. The conclusions of this group provide a framework for Bible translators with respect to the Son of God.

In ‘Living Among the Breakage’, Rev Robert Montgomery reviews the thesis of Duane Alexander Miller. Miller focuses on the way these followers of Jesus are making theology as they learn to interact with and respond to living their new found faith. We conclude this edition with a book review by Miller on David Garrison’s book ‘A Wind in the House of Islam’.

Growing a contextual theological response has practical implications. This edition encourages us to explore theology making in a range of ways. Share your stories of theology making with the St Francis Community.

Melani McNeil



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Mission And Sacrament, Part Iv:A Liturgy For The Baptism Of Muslims, To Be Coducted On The Feast Of Pentecost By Abu Daoud  >>Download the pdf
Islam’s Alleged Allergic Reaction To Christ And Christianity: Truth Or Fiction? By Salaam Corniche >>Download the pdf
More Than A Metaphor:The Son Of God In Contemporary Bible Translation By Ian Richard Freeman >>Download the pdf
Living Among The Breakage By Rev. Robert L. Montgomery Phd >>Download the pdf
A Wind In The House Of Islam By Duane Alexander Miller >>Download the pdf
Complete Issue St Francis Magazine Vol 10, No 2 | June 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