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01 Dec Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Fostering Fruitful Dialogue In Contentious Relationships

This is a first-hand narrative of Bridging the Divide’s experience in handling disagreements among missionaries. In the 1980’s, a number of publications suggested new approaches to evangelism in the Muslim world, seeking to free the gospel message from added trappings of Western Christendom. Noteworthy among these were New Paths in Muslim Evangelism by Phil Parshall, Muslims and Christians On […]


05 Nov Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

UIM: Waterman Response to Talman & Travis

I appreciate Travis and Talman’s response to my review of Understanding Insider Movements. At a few points they used phrases like “It is not clear to us what Waterman has in mind” and “Waterman does not realize,” so I’d like to offer clarification and comment on just a few items mentioned in their response. Christianity […]


18 Oct Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Talman and Travis Response to Waterman Review

A Response to L.D. Waterman’s Review of Understanding Insider Movements We appreciate the fair-minded tone and over-all measured review by this critic of insider movements (IMs).  In his conclusion, while stating what he saw as the book’s shortcomings, Waterman concludes that Understanding Insider Movements (UIM) “presents the most complete and thorough explanation of IMs available […]


13 Sep Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

A Book Review of Understanding Insider Movements

  In Understanding Insider Movements: Disciples of Jesus within Diverse Religious Communities (William Carey Library, 2015), editors Harley Talman and John Jay Travis have published a magnum opus that pulls together a great number of previously published articles supporting and explaining what proponents mean when they talk or write about Insider Movements. In doing so, […]


19 Mar Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Not All Fear is Phobia

Posted on behalf of Benjamin Hegeman: Not all fear is phobia. Getting off a narrow road when an 18-wheeler transport truck is roaring near you is not a phobia but a healthy fear. Dreaming every night of trucks chasing you is a phobia (see your doctor). I believe we need to distinguish a healthy fear of […]


11 Feb Posted by in Uncategorized | 1 comment

When Does a Movement Count as a Movement?

As I finished reading the book Understanding Insider Movements, one question struck me. It may have been catalyzed by John Travis’ description of “a small movement” (in “Insider Movements among Muslims: A Focus on Asia”). I began wondering: How large is a “small” Insider movement? How large would an average-sized Insider movement be? How many […]


16 Oct Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Offense or Love?

A former coworker of mine in Indonesia recently posted on Facebook: “We have to love people more than we are offended by them if we want them to have the slightest chance of experiencing God’s love.” What do you think? Is he right? If so, what shall we do with the many offenses that happen […]


01 Sep Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Biblical Ekklesia

One of the topics discussed in depth at this year’s Bridging the Divide consultation was “Ekklesia (church, kingdom and ummah. What does it mean to belong?).” As noted in the Bridging the Divide 2015 Consultation Report , among the items on which those gathered reached consensus was: “Having a clear idea of essential elements of […]


26 Jun Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Allah of Islam and the Father of the Biblical Lord Jesus

Are the Allah of Islam and the Father of the biblical Lord Jesus the same Being? Different Beings? The same Being differently understood (or misunderstood)? In a blog post a few years ago entitled “Is Allah God? A Relevant Issue?,” Warrick Farah addressed this foundational and divisive issue. He asked, “Is this even a relevant […]


09 May Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

How should Christians interact with Muslims?

A friend and teammate of mine who lives in Garland Texas posted this useful reflection on the shooting there this week. It’s worth our consideration and prayer. “How should Christians interact with Muslims”? by Justin Long On Sunday night, we had an event (anyone on Twitter will have seen the hashtag #garlandshooting) just a few […]