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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 […]


24 Mar Posted by in Uncategorized | 1 comment

A Three-Part Crisis

The news media keep us posted on the atrocities of ISIS. They almost never tell us, though, that ISIS is both a symptom and a cause of a major crisis now taking place in the Muslim world. This ISIS crisis converges with two other crises now stirring, resulting in spiritual upheaval across the Muslim world. […]


07 Mar Posted by in Uncategorized | 1 comment

The LIFE Scale: Might it be Useful?

I recently had an article published in the International Journal of Frontier Missiology, entitled “LIFE Scale: Exploring Eight Dimensions of Life in Christ.” ( It addresses the predicaments of identity, faith and practice, especially among those who turn to Christ in the Mus1im world. By considering eight dimensions of life in Christ, it has potential, […]


14 Jan Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

Challenging Radical Islam

A post from Roy Oksnevad: Over the past six months, radical Islamism has made the news almost daily with their mass murders from Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Nigeria. IS, Hamas, Al-Qaida, and Boka Haram have become household names. The most recent is the calculated execution of staff journalists and cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo in […]


24 Nov Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments

The Goal of our Instruction

When Paul the Apostle wrote his first letter to Timothy, the first topic he addressed was an assignment he had given Timothy. His explanation of the task contains some vital insights for our current discussions about handling differences in perspective on important issues. “As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in […]


20 Oct Posted by in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Wonderful Concern, Disappointing Conclusion

In June of this year, the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) included in its general assembly a discussion (for the fourth year in a row) of “Insider Movements.” Overture #9, approved by the PCA’s General Assembly in June 2011, critiqued the influence of Insider Movements on terms used in some translations of the Bible. At […]