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Top 10 Books of 2012

Here are the top ten books I've read in 2012. These books provide a rock-solid biblical and practical foundation for followers of Jesus who want to live out their faith in a glocalized world. The first two books articulate a profound summary of the gospel. The next three books describe how to live out love of neighbor practically. The reminder of the list includes books on leadership and social media, business, politics, conflict resolution and coaching. Enjoy!

Video: What Peace Catalyst Is All About

We're very excited to announce that we've been working on some new Peace Catalyst videos recently! And today's... an easy, concise description of who we are and what we do. We hope you enjoy this, and we hope you'll also share it with your friends and anyone you know who is interested in peacemaking. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

Tim McDonell on Making New Muslim Friends

Tim McDonell has recently come on as our Southern California Regional Director, and we wanted to let you get to know him better by sharing with you a bit of his personal story. Here's what he has to say about how he first started building friendships with Muslims in his hometown...

The Sinner's Prayer, the Islamic Shahada, and Peacemaking

Both Christians and Muslims are compelled to share their faith. Muslim da'wah (the Arabic term for Islamic outreach) and Christian evangelism takes place in both directions. Muslims are coming to Christ and Christians are converting to Islam. The reality of da'wah and evangelism is one of the most important peacemaking issues we face in Christian-Muslim relations.

Peacemaking without Borders Part Two: The Six Spheres of Peacemaking

What would happen if evangelicals were as proactive in their approach to peace as Jesus commanded? What would happen if the evangelical view of peace was as comprehensive as the Bible's? In my previous blog I described the Spectrum of Peacemaking, a consistent and comprehensive peace ethic for the individual believer. By contrast, the Six Spheres of Peacemaking relate to the church universal. It is something that God's people from around the globe are involved in.

Peacemaking without Borders: A Peacemaking Spectrum Part One

Most churches have specific ministries and formally-appointed people to work in the areas of evangelism, counseling, and spiritual direction. But few churches have specific ministries or formally-appointed people to do peacemaking in the church, with neighbors, or enemies. But these are things that EVERY believer needs to do and know how to do.

Dangerous Assumptions

On December 27th Erika Menendez, a woman who has had numerous encounters with the mental health community, pushed Sunando Sen onto the New York subway tracks where he was crushed by a train because she thought he looked like a Muslim or Hindu.

My Top Ten Books on Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution

There are so many books I haven't read yet. But out of the ones I have read, I consider these to be the top ten books on peacemaking and conflict resolution.

Lessons Learned from a Muslim Evangelist

As I wrote about in my last post, there were some uncomfortable moments when the former Christian, now turned Muslim, tried to convert us. Overall, though, I appreciate the opportunity to have experienced what it's like to be on the receiving end of evangelism. I learned some things. Here are some lessons I learned from the Muslim evangelist.

Tables Turned - A Case Study

When he first came into the room, I initially thought he was a homeless person looking for food. The restaurant workers greeted the man as though they knew him. The restaurant owner said, "I've always been Muslim, but my friend here," he pointed to the bearded man, "he might have a different perspective. He was a Christian but converted to Islam." He then asked his friend to speak.