Showing posts from March, 2012

W. H. Temple Gairdner on mission to Muslims

WHT Gairdner is one of the greatest missionaries in the history of the church's mission to Islam. A brilliant man who is an inspiration to me. I love this quote of his: If the efforts to evangelize Islam had not resulted in a single conversion, they would have been worth while; for they represented Christianity as a religion that is not afraid , a religion with a message of love and goodwill evinced in deeds of love and goodwill. --WHT Gairdner

Al Qaradawi on Christian Missions to Muslims

What Muslims say about Christian mission: In the contemporary age, the Muslim community has been exposed to horrendous invasions and aggressive attacks, one of which is the missionary invasion that aims at uprooting the Muslim community altogether. This invasion began its missions with the Western colonialism (of the Muslim world), and it still exercises its activities in the Muslim world and among the Muslim communities and minorities (in non-Muslim countries). One of its goals is to entice Muslims to convert to Christianity. This goal was made clear in the North American Conference on Muslim Evangelization (that was held in Colorado in 1978). Forty studies about Islam and Muslims and how to spread Christianity among them were submitted to that conference, and US$1 billion was allocated for this purpose. In addition, the Zwemer Institute (in South Carolina) was established to train missionaries to preach Christianity to Muslims. From  Apostasy Major and Minor by Yusuf al Qaradaw

Titus Presler: 60 Episcopal missionaries today: What does this figure say about a church?

Abu Daoud and family have a sort of dual citizenship in the Anglican world. We are members in good standing in both The Episcopal Church of the USA (ECUSA) and the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East. However, we are own work is not coordinated through the national Episcopal Church in the USA. Ergo, we are not among (and do not want to be among) the 60 people Presler mentions. Presler speaks of the decline of EUCSA when it comes to sending out missionaries, and laments the situation, which I think is right. But ECUSA is spending all of the missions money on lawsuits, thanks to the bold leadership of Kate Jefferts Schori, the presiding 'bishop' of ECUSA. Presler makes some great points: The Episcopal situation stands out even among the historic mainline denominations, all of which have far fewer missionaries than they did in, say, the 1950s.  Yet today [2011] the Presbyterian Church (USA) has the same membership total as the Episcopal Church  – about 2.2 mil

Pope Shenouda III, rest in peace

On this feast day of St Patrick, another great man of God has fallen asleep in the Lord--Pope Shenouda III, shepherd of the Coptic Orthodox Church. A great man of God, he led his flock faithfully and I am fearful for his flock. In this most difficult of times in Egypt it will be extremely difficult to find a man adequate for the task. Pray for the Egyptian Church. Pray for a worthy successor. Thank God for the fruitful life of his servant Shenouda. --Abu Daoud

Letter from Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, from prison

Yousef Nadarkhani is in jail in Iran for the crime of apostasy. Thank goodness that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance! Here is the entire letter, which I got from HERE . Reads like something straight out of the Church Fathers, and in the midst of my own frustrations with life in the mission field I was encouraged by his bold and faith-filled words. --Abu Daoud Grace to you, and peace , from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 When someone internalizes the revelation of the Truth, he will be willing to share it with others and future gene

The Goat ate my Qur'an

Muhammad's child wife said this after Muhammad died:  "The verse of the stoning and of suckling an adult ten times were revealed, and they were (written) on a paper and kept under my bed. When the messenger of Allah expired and we were preoccupied with his death, a goat entered and ate away the paper." References: Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal. vol. 6. page 269; Sunan Ibn Majah, page 626; Ibn Qutbah, Tawil Mukhtalafi 'l-Hadith (Cairo: Maktaba al-Kulliyat al-Azhariyya. 1966) page 310; As-Suyuti, ad-Durru 'l-Manthur, vol. 2. page 13

Daoud Kuttab on Christ at the Checkpoint 2012, Bethlehem

Hi All, Well, if you are anywhere in the Arab world then you have heard of this meeting. It was sponsored by Palestinian Christians living in the occupied West Bank mostly, though some are Israeli citizens and live in Israel. They tackled a lot of thorny topics, and I plan to write something about it for St Francis Magazine , so make sure to add SFM to your RSS feed so when it comes out you can read it. There were several key points presented, including a robust argument that a) the State of Israel as it exists today is NOT in continuation with the Israelites of the Bible, and b) that evangelicals have misunderstood the meaning of words like 'Jew' and 'Israel' in the New Testament, especially when used by Jesus and (more importantly for American evangelicals) St Paul. Also, there was a statement of fellowship towards Messianic Jews (and equally tiny and despised group of people, at least in Israel-Palestine). And also an affirmation of non-violence. Anyway, will g

Abu Daoud on MSN Research Page

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An old picture of Abu Daoud

An old picture of Abu Daoud...