23
Jun
17

A Biblical View of the Refugee Crisis: David Platt

From:
http://vm.cnmm.ca/

 

Do we realise the unprecedented opportunities that exist right now for Syrians to hear the gospel because of the refugee crisis. Doors are open right now.

 

 

It is only Americanised Christianity that prioritises security in this world over proclamation of God’s word.

 

David Platt – A Biblical View of the Refugee Crisis – Acts 17 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.

22
Jun
17

Why The Church Must Love The Refugee” by Scott Gustafson

Here are a few excerpts from “Why The Church Must Love The Refugee” by Scott Gustafson.

Please go to the link at the end of this post and read the whole article.

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Research finds that churches are 2x more likely to fear refugees than help them

 

The biblical case is clear for the Christian: caring for foreigners, immigrants, and the refugee is an irrefutable mandate.

 

Though we gratefully enjoy the benefits of American freedom today, from a biblical perspective we are not entitled to it, for it is far from the norm in the biblical and historical context.

In our fear of losing our blessed, but uniquely American comforts and freedoms, we have conflated ‘Christian’ with ‘American’.

 

 

I pray that the church will not miss one of the greatest ministry opportunities in the history of mankind out of a fear of cultural change and an idolization of safety. Now is the time to be salt and light.

http://www.zwemercenter.com/why-the-church-must-love-the-refugee/

22
Jun
17

Is This What You Do? Is This What You See?

Does the following reflect the way we live our lives – or at least how we ASPIRE to live?

Or do we prioritise other things that might be compromised if we obeyed what Jesus said?

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

(Luke 6)

21
Jun
17

Say Hello: Ministry to Muslim Women.

I heard about this interesting ministry and thought it was worth promoting.

http://sayhelloinfo.com/

Say Hello is an imperative that beckons believers into the wonderful experience of relating Christ to Muslim women. Its intention crumbles language and culture barriers by appealing to everything Christian and Muslim girls of all ages value in common. It imparts joy in friendship; it yields eternal fruit.

Research affirms that Christian friendships are key to a Muslim’s decision to follow Christ. * (Christianity Today reference) Most Christian women regularly come in contact with Muslim women, but stereotypes and unfounded fears deceive us into behaviors that keep them marginalized and lost. A simple act of friendship can initiate a Muslim woman’s journey to Jesus.

"Say Hello" Introduction Video from Say Hello on Vimeo.

21
Jun
17

Islamophobia in the Church: The Jonah Syndrome

The length of this audio will probably put most people off – but I found the content was worth it.

I am convinced that we have to maintain a BIBLICAL response to Muslims, not one driven by politics and media hype.

Fear, misguided patriotism, and racism, are biblical themes that kept Israel from bringing God’s light to the nations. Is the American Church making the same mistakes?

from:
http://www.zwemercenter.com/zwemer-podcast/page/7/

20
Jun
17

How ISIS is Spreading the Gospel by Dr. Dave Cashin

A few weeks ago I received an email from one of my students. She has been working amongst Muslim women and had just had a phone call from one of her Muslim friends. The woman was weeping uncontrollably, and my student assumed someone in her family had died. After she regained her composure she made the following startling statement, “I have been a Muslim for forty-one years, and in all that time have never questioned Islam. But now, I have decided to leave it.” When my student asked her “why,” she related that she had been watching ISIS videos and the brutality that they justified as the “methods of the Prophet.” She decided to leave Islam.

I have often referred Islamic radicals as “proto-evangelists” for the Christian faith. The first of these was the Ayatollah Khomeini. His brutal regime in Iran, whose atrocities and policies have lead many Iranians to leave Iran, has also led to an exodus of Iranians out of Islam. Estimates are difficult, but the numbers significant. Outside Iran the numbers are firmer but no less astonishing. In Sweden, fully ten percent of the Iranian immigrant population has converted to the Christian faith. That is approximately eight thousand out of a total of eighty thousand in the entire country. Some Iranian believers have called the Ayatollah the greatest missionary because he showed us what Islam is really like.

Read the complete article here:

http://www.zwemercenter.com/how-isis-is-spreading-the-gospel/

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Read the above article and then consider the refugee situation of the past few years in the light of what the article says.

Not long ago I read a book about the growth of the church in Iran, where the gospel became particularly effective in the lives of former Muslims after their experience of Islam under the Ayatollah Khomeini and later under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Their resulting disillusionment with Islam made them more open to the gospel of Jesus.

The situation in Syria and Iraq that has caused so many to flee their homes would surely lead many to have similar questions about the nature of Islam, and the reality of that outcome seems to be born out in the article above.

And yet, what has been a far too common “Christian” response to the influx of fleeing Muslims?

Sadly it’s be a response of fear, of nationalism and rejection.

Instead of being welcomed, the refugees have mostly been demonised.

As Islamic law, and the groups that espouse it, fails, where will people turn? When I met a group of Iranian Church leaders in Sweden their great fear was that Muslims would turn to secularism, even to atheism. Many have come to the Church but this assumes that the Church is a “safe space” for Muslims. The tragedy is that many Churches are not welcoming for Muslims. They regard them as the enemy.

18
Jun
17

Anzacs and Islamism

I saw this interesting article that brings together my recent interests in Australia’s Anzac story of WWI, and more recent events related to Islamic extremism.

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Turkish Islamist push may be to blame for removal of Atatürk inscription at Anzac Cove

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/16/turkish-islamist-push-may-be-to-blame-for-removal-of-ataturk-inscription-at-anzac-cove

Two excerpts:

“The Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has removed from a revered Anzac Cove memorial the familiar words attributed to Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, likening Australia’s dead “Johnnies” to Ottoman “Mehmets” and welcoming them to rest in his country’s soil.

 

The renovation of the 1985 monument has heightened suspicions in Australia and Turkey that the refurbished memorial could reflect a growing Islamist interpretation by the Erdoğan administration of Australia’s part in the 1915 British-commanded Anzac invasion of – and later retreat from – Gallipoli.”

 
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“Historians in Australia and Turkey believe the ‘refurbishment’ could be part of the Erdoğan administration’s moves to cast Gallipoli as part of a clash between jihadi defenders (the Ottoman empire did declare a jihad) and invading crusaders on the shores of Islam.
Peter Stanley, an author of more than 30 books, many about the first world war, and a professor of history at the University of New South Wales Canberra, said the erasure of the purported Atatürk words reflected a “new theocratic interpretation” of the conflict in Turkey.

 

‘It’s not always apparent to Australian visitors to Gallipoli, who tend to focus on the Anzac story, but another, Turkish, battle for Gallipoli has been going on for the past decade at least, between the formerly universally accepted Atatürk interpretation and the increasingly strong Islamist view,’ he said.

 

“Because the Erdoğan government is in power, Islamists are now in the ascendant – as the new Gaba Tepe interpretative centre [at Gallipoli] shows. It depicts Turkey’s 86,000 Gallipoli dead as “martyrs”, dying in a fight against Christian invaders.”

 

pre and post renovation of Anzac monument at Gallipoli.

The former inscription:

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives … You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours … You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.




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