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02 Sep Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

A Healthier Approach to Disagreement

The most recent issue of Christianity Today contains an article entitled “A Healthier Approach to Disagreement in the Church Begins With One Unusual Word” by James Calvin Davis. This excerpt from Davis’s book Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church offers sound and biblically-based counsel. The whole article is worth reading, but here are a […]


29 May Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Why Not Simple?

Before I moved to a Muslim-majority country (over two decades ago), I was on pastoral staff at a church in rural upstate New York. I knew a few families who did what they called “house church.” These families had attended our church for a while, then left. They had also left most or all of […]


22 Mar Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Depolarizing our Views on Reaching the Unreached

Polarization plays a useful role in many fields. In physics, chemistry and biology, it describes functions essential to our everyday lives. But in human relationships, as in the fields of sociology, psychology and politics, polarization is not nearly as useful. In fact it’s often harmful. Polarization among God’s children, within the body of Christ, rarely […]


04 Feb Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

The Mistake of “One Size Fits All”

Fuller Seminary recently posted a blog I wrote, describing a mistake commonly made in outreach to Muslims: “Different Pools, Different Fish: the Mistake of ‘One Size Fits All’ Solutions to the Challenge of Effective Outreach among Muslims.” Overcoming it can greatly increase our fruitfulness.


03 Jan Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

UIM: Concluding Response to Waterman

UIM: Concluding Response to Waterman On November 5, “Waterman Response to Talman and Travis” was posted on the BtD blog. While interest in the discussion generated by his review of Understanding Insider Movements (UIM) may have waned, we felt some final clarifications on our part could be helpful. Footnote to a Footnote Waterman further clarified […]


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 […]