May 22, 2013
When my friend introduced me to my Afghan officemate, he said, "Thomas, please meet Mr. Siraji, a key part of the Aghan-Turk staff. Mr. Siraji was a member of the Mujahideen. He was one of the youngest jihadists fighting against the Russians. But don't worry, Thomas. He has come down from the mountain, he has shaved his beard, and he is MOSTLY civilized now!"
May 15, 2013
We've been hard at work creating new videos! This week, Rick Love talks about the presence of common grace in all cultures and nations of our world - despite the reality of total depravity and human sinfulness.
May 9, 2013
On day three of my 15-day seminar, some of the Turkish and Afghan teachers greeted me with a major surprise. Kabul in January can be quite cold, and there was quite a bit of snow on the ground outside as we gathered at 8:00am in a chilly classroom for the start of our day's work.
May 8, 2013
During my last week in Kabul, I awoke one morning to a fresh snow covering of about eight inches. As my students and I were beginning our early morning class session, we heard a very loud thud. Looking toward the sound, we saw the remnants of a massive snowball that had struck (and nearly cracked, I'm sure) our classroom window.
May 1, 2013
Today we'd like to share another of our new videos with you. In today's video, Rick Love speaks about an important resource that every peacemaker and everyone committed to Christian-Muslim relations should be aware of: the Grace & Truth Project.
April 24, 2013
Whenever I speak at churches about Christian-Muslim relations, I find that usually people respond in one of two ways: people want to convert Muslims, or they fear them. For many evangelicals, our relationship with Muslims can be summarized as one of two polar opposites: conversion or conflict. It is either world evangelization or the clash of civilizations. But are those really the only options?
April 16, 2013
"You Christians have an image problem," my Turkish friend told me. We had been meeting for several weeks - six couples and a single friend, Christians and Muslims, sharing meals and our respective faiths. We had developed a level of trust and respect that allowed us to speak openly.
April 10, 2013
On the last evening of 2011, as daylight blurred into nightfall, I sat quietly in a plane on a runway flanked by desert in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I was nearing the completion of a long trip from Washington, D.C. to Muscat, the capital of Oman, a country occupying the southeastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. I was bracing to begin a two-week graduate seminar in Christian-Muslim relations at Al Amana Centre in Muscat.
March 27, 2013
I love twitter. It forces me to be concise. It is a great discipline to weigh one's words carefully and express oneself precisely. The sound byte helps us wade through the torrent of data bombarding us. It aids us in finding the right info in a glut of information. But sound byte theology has its limitations...
March 19, 2013
This is part two of Thomas Davis's "Stories from Afghanistan" series. On my next to last day in a Kabul classroom, something extraordinary happened...