Should Christians Use the Quranic Name of Jesus in Arabic Bible Translations?

  A Response to Martin Accad’s “What’s in a Name? A Case for using ‘Isa in Arabic Translations of the Bible” Click here to download this article in PDF format.   The Quran refers to Jesus by the Arabic name “Isa.” However, Arabic-speaking Christians use a different Arabic name, based on Jesus’ Hebrew name Yeshua, … Continued

Review of the lecture, “The Danger of Denying the Trinity”

On February 20, the Jenkins Center was privileged to host Professor Imad Shehadeh as our guest speaker for the first Academic Lecture of the semester. He is the President and Senior Professor of Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is the author of God With Us and Without Us: The Beauty and Power of Oneness in … Continued

Review of the Lecture, “Islamic Law and Christian Life in the Historical Middle East”

On October 30, the Jenkins Center hosted Professor Luke Yarbrough for our final virtual lecture event of the fall semester. He is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. Yarbrough is a historian interested primarily in inter-religious relations, law, state administration, and the transmission of historical … Continued

Why You Should Share the Gospel with Muslims Today

For the past 12 years, I have been involved in ministry to Muslims. For the majority of those years my philosophy has been: become friends first and then share the Gospel. But I found that the longer I was friends with a Muslim, the harder it became to get to the Gospel message. I would … Continued

Mic to the Middle, Please: “Sacred Misinterpretation” Seeks to Steer Christian-Muslim Interfaith Dialog toward “Moderate” Voices -A Critical Reflection

The Context Few books are written in a vacuum. Martin Accad, a top-flight scholar on Middle Eastern Christianity and Islam, sets the contextual background for writing Sacred Misinterpretation: Reaching Across the Muslim-Christian Divide in the first sentence of his Preface: “Many books have been written about Islam since September 11, 2001…” Accad references this event … Continued

New Testament Implications of the Kerygma: A Response to Martin Accad’s “Christian Attitudes Toward Islam and Muslims”

Christian scholars of Islamic Studies who offer advice on the proper approach to Islam and Muslims from a thorough knowledge of both Islam and the Gospel are quite few and far between, and thus deserve the respectful attention of the global Church. Whether one agrees with their advice or not, such scholars should be appreciated … Continued

Defending free speech is also the best way to defend Muhammad

(Originally published at on November 6, 2018) Two weeks ago the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the right to free speech does not include criticizing the Prophet Muhammad. The decision is a troubling one for academics and researchers in general, and in particular for Islamic scholars, whose job it is to think, speak and write seriously … Continued