July 1, 2015
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.
June 24, 2015
I spent three of the most intense and exciting days of my life making peace in a city in Central Java, Indonesia called Purwokerto.
June 17, 2015
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.
June 10, 2015
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
June 3, 2015
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:
May 27, 2015
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.
May 20, 2015
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.
May 13, 2015
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.
May 6, 2015
“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.
April 29, 2015
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.