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

Did Muhammad Perform Miracles?

(Originally published at www.firstthings.com) On Thursday, August 27, 2015, the first part of Iran’s most expensive movie trilogy, “Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah,” opened nationwide in Iran. It took more than eighty months for this movie to be completed. Its primary goal, according to its director Majid Majidi, “is to reclaim the rightful image of … Continued

Understanding Insider Movements

Given recent world events involving Islam, it appears Harley Talman and John Jay Travis (pen names) couldn’t have released their newest contribution at a better time. The collection of 64 (mostly) previously published articles is titled Understanding Insider Movements: Disciples of Jesus within Diverse Religious Communities. An “insider,” according to the book, is a person “from a non-Christian background who has … Continued

Why Did the ISIS Caliph Rape American Kayla Mueller?

(originally published at First Things on August 17, 2015) During her imprisonment, Kayla Mueller, 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker, was repeatedly raped by the leader of ISIS, Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, before she was killed last February. The news of al-Baghdadi’s serial assault habits came out last week. ISIS’s al-Baghdadi operates within a shame/honor paradigm, like most of … Continued

The Failures of Works-Righteousness

Post written by J.D. Greear One of my frustrations when sharing Christ with Muslims was that I had a hard time getting them to disagree with me that only God’s grace could save us. When I would say something like, “We can only be reconciled to God by his grace,” they would say, “That’s exactly what we … Continued

Three Christian Misconceptions About Muslims (Part 2)

by J.D. Greear In my last post, I discussed three common misconception that Muslims have about Christians. Today, I will be exposing three misconceptions that Christians often believe concerning Muslims. When the average Westerner hears “Muslim,” a number of images come to mind—mostly negative. But most Muslims would be just as horrified as we are … Continued

Three Muslim Misconceptions About Christians (Part 1)

By J.D. Greear The history of Islam and Christianity is hardly an amiable one. Many people from both religions view the other with suspicion (at best) or fear and hatred (at worst). This suspicion existed from day one, and centuries of violence have only served to heighten it. Tragically, the border between Christianity and Islam … Continued