Part 2: Pictures of Syria

By Kardilyn Ellis The seven or eight year old girl ran her fingers through my hair; then, rolled into my lap. She held my hand & went back to playing with my hair, while I looked at the pictures her mom showed me. All of the pictures were from Syria. Picture after picture of the girl … Continued

Part 1: Preserving Their Stories

By Kardilyn Ellis When I moved to Istanbul, it was Trip Advisor’s “Number One Tourist Destination” of the year. When I left two years later, Turkey was in a nationwide State of Emergency after an attempted military coup. In between those extremes, the Syrian Refugee Crisis was full-fledged with increasing numbers of Syrians filling the crevices … Continued

Charles Wesley’s Hymn of Intercession for Arabs

By Chris Fenner, SBTS Music & Media Archivist In 1758, Charles Wesley published a series of hymns aimed at helping believers pray and sing for the salvation and benevolence of a wide array of people. He and John encouraged their followers to devote time every week to intercessory prayer (usually Fridays at noon). Hymns of … Continued

Turkey’s Christ-Haunted Black Sea Coast

By Sam Martyn The population of Turkey is more than 99% Muslim. At least that is how Turkey wants to be understood officially. The reality, of course, is much more complicated. Atheists and non-religious secularists make up a significant percentage, as do heterodox groups such as Turkey’s very large Alevi population. One minority that did all … Continued

Yemen: Understanding the Conflict and the Prince of Peace

By Suzanne See To serve well in the Arab world, we need to understand the regional politics and recent history. With the more obvious conflicts in Syria and Iraq, we may easily overlook another very significant and somewhat complex battle currently raging in the Arabian Peninsula. Though the death tolls may be somewhat smaller than … Continued

Muslim Scholars vs. ISIS

(Originally published at www.firstthings.com on October 3, 2014) On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, “More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the ‘fighters and followers’ of the Islamic State.” The signees represent the Sunni branch of Islam (with the exception of one Sufi person), and include important Muslim figures … Continued

What is Shariah Law?

 By J. Scott Bridger  (Originally published online with the Baptist Messenger.)    In August of [2013], an Oklahoma federal judge struck down a 2010 constitutional amendment approved by 70 percent of the state electorate forbidding the courts from considering Islamic law (shariah) in their decisions. Oklahoma is one of several states that have either passed laws, or … Continued

Book Review: What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Qur’an

Review by Jimmy Butts As Christians we should never reject the importance and function of apologetics because the Bible commands it (1Peter 3:15; Jude 3), and gives an example of it (Acts 17:16-34). In our proclamation of the Gospel we should be prepared to present reasons why we believe in its validity (1 Corinth.15:5-9). There … Continued

Eastern Christmas and Egypt’s President

(Originally published at www.firstthings.com on January 12, 2016) Egypt’s Coptic Christians follow the Julian calendar in celebrating Christmas on January 7th of each year. For the second consecutive year, Egyptian president Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi surprised them with an exceptionally kind gesture, once again personally attending their Coptic Christmas Eve mass and offering them his well-wishes. He is … Continued