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Topic: Mission and Evangelism
What Muslims affirm about Jesus is interesting but what they deny is critical. Still, they never seem to get tired of writing about him,[i] and most are open to talking about him. This is helpful because the greatest question in…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer
Despite winning only a handful of converts, Samuel Zwemer was the greatest missionary the United States has ever sent to the Muslim world.  Of him, the historian Kenneth Latourette said, “No one is more deserving of the title, ‘Apostle to…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer
Biographer J. Christy Wilson has appropriately named Samuel Marinus Zwemer the “Apostle to Islam.”[1]  Zwemer was born to Huguenot-Dutch parents in Vriesland, Michigan on April 12, 1867.[2] As a child, he learned to read and speak three languages, English, Dutch…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics
Ramon Lull (d. 1316) is one of the most creative, if not one of the most enigmatic, medieval theologians and apologists to Muslims. A son of the island of Majorca, due east of Valencia, Spain, Lull grew up in an…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Eschatology, Mission and Evangelism
If “the Roll were called up yonder” today would our work on earth be done? COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. Lockdowns, racial injustices, failed businesses, crashing stock markets, soaring unemployment, and church closures have some Christians wondering if…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Eschatology, Mission and Evangelism, Apologetics, Book Review, Dialogue
I had the privilege of co-authoring (with Ed Smither) the chapter on Timothy of Baghdad (727-823) in the recently released book The History of Apologetics. In the chapter, we discuss the context of the Eastern Church under Muslim rule and…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Eschatology, Mission and Evangelism, Apologetics, Book Review, Dialogue, Contextualization, Mission and Evangelism, Quran & Hadith
The gospel is God’s good news for human beings mired in sin and its consequences. Often, this good news is presented as Jesus’ sacrificial payment of the just penalty for sin. This message is thoroughly biblical, and for many, it…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Eschatology, Mission and Evangelism, Apologetics, Book Review, Dialogue, Contextualization, Mission and Evangelism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics
“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” (Matthew 7:6). One interpretation of these strange words by Jesus understands “pigs” and “dogs” to…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Eschatology, Mission and Evangelism, Apologetics, Book Review, Dialogue, Contextualization, Mission and Evangelism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics, History & Politics
Many Americans today associate the word “evangelical” with white Republicans, especially the large number who voted for Trump in the 2016 election. How did the word “evangelical” become disconnected from vibrant Christian faith and connected, instead, in popular usage at…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Eschatology, Mission and Evangelism, Apologetics, Book Review, Dialogue, Contextualization, Mission and Evangelism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East
In June of 2019, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Professor of Islamic Studies Dr. Martin Accad wrote an article titled: “The Long-Awaited US Peace Plan, the So-Called “Deal of the Century,” Would Need a Whole Greater Deal of Justice to Succeed.”…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Eschatology, Mission and Evangelism, Apologetics, Book Review, Dialogue, Contextualization, Mission and Evangelism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics
In the 16th Century, Martin Luther came across a short book detailing the religious rituals and customs of the Ottoman Turks. He was so impressed with the tract that he decided to reprint it with a new preface that he…
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Topic: Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Mission and Evangelism, Samuel Zwemer, Apologetics, Eschatology, Mission and Evangelism, Apologetics, Book Review, Dialogue, Contextualization, Mission and Evangelism, Quran & Hadith, History & Politics, History & Politics, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Polemics, Dialogue, Mission and Evangelism
Rick Love’s life and legacy resonate deeply with the Zwemer Center of Muslim-Christian Relations at Columbia International University. As Ed Smither, Dean of Intercultural Studies at CIU, put it: “Rick loved Muslims and they loved him.” Yet, beyond his work…
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