February 27, 2013
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!
February 20, 2013
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...
February 13, 2013
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.
February 5, 2013
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.
January 29, 2013
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.
January 24, 2013
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.
January 22, 2013
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.
January 17, 2013
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.
January 15, 2013
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.
January 10, 2013
Douglas E. Noll's Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts provides a profound overview of the field of peacemaking. The heart of the book, though, is his rigorous critique of diplomatic peacemaking methods and robust apologetic for the importance of emotions in peacemaking. Noll's detailed illustrations and solid research make this one of the best books I've read this year!