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I met the Enemy in Indonesia: Islam & the Clash of Civilizations

Two leaders from the Hizb ut-Tahrir spoke to our group in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. These men outlined a bold, utopian Islamic vision. They saw themselves at war with Western civilization and sought to establish a global Caliphate - an Islamic government with a leader over their entire Muslim community, known as a Caliph.

Is it Possible to Have Peace between Christians and Muslims?

I spent three of the most intense and exciting days of my life making peace in a city in Central Java, Indonesia called Purwokerto.

A Day in the Life of a Peacemaker in Indonesia

In May I visited Indonesia -- the largest Muslim country in the world. Indonesia is a democracy which has had a female President in the past, Megawati Sukarno. So the typical stereo types that most Muslims are Arabs; they can’t embrace democracy, and they oppress women is not true.

Featured Peacemaker: Eric Patterson

Conversations about peacemaking can tend to communicate the notion that all force is always wrong. However, peacemaker Eric Patterson believes that we can work for peace while also supporting the use of force by legitimate authorities under the right circumstances

Partnering with Refugees: A Few Hard-Learned Lessons

For the past five years I have been working with Muslim refugees in the Phoenix area and trying to get the Church to faithfully love the neighbors that God has brought to our city. On this journey God has been faithful to teach me, through many failures, how to effectively move people toward loving the neighbors they would never otherwise spend time with. Here are some lessons I've learned:

The “I Should Have” of Peacebuilding Gone Wrong

I arrived at the Mosque that afternoon with an outline for the day’s event, a Muslim friend to co-facilitate with me, and a trust in God to do good things. It was going to be a discussion on caring for sisters of other faiths. I left the Mosque with a heavy conscience, shaky hands, and no small amount of confusion.

Muslim-Christian Peacemaking in Padang, Indonesia

Last month, I had the great privilege of traveling to to the Indonesian city of Padang, West Sumatra for two weeks of speaking, learning, and relationship-building. In my first week in Padang I only encountered one other foreigner, a German man that I met in passing, and was not, to my knowledge, in the presence of a single other Christian.

Featured Peacemaker: Jeremy Courtney

He’s had death threats and fatwas issued against him, his staff arrested on false charges, and his house broken into and bugged by friends who turned out to be spies. But that's not stopping him.

Waging Peace in Boise

“We must curb and limit Islamic migration and stop the refugee dumps.” Three weeks ago a former Muslim who is now a pastor spoke these words to Idaho lawmakers and warned of a Muslim conspiracy to establish Sharia law.

Current Top 10 Peacemaking Books

One of the best ways to acquire wisdom is through reading. So I have put together the top ten books on peacemaking for 2015. It was painful whittling the list down to only ten books, but hopefully this will give you some guidance as you seek to acquire wisdom.