Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a Muslim home, but came to faith in Christ after a search for meaning and truth. He tells his conversion story in a new book,  Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. I had the chance to interview Nabeel today for my weekly Leadership Journal blog. This is one of the questions I asked him: What finally drove you to a point of decision between Islam and Christianity? What was holding you back—and what finally drove you forward? The first thing that had to happen was that someone had to show me the truth about Christianity. Only when I saw the truth would I be able to assess whether I would follow it or not. David didn't just tell me why he believed in the gospel, he showed me how we could be confident it is true and therefore everyone should believe it. The historical evidence he provided...

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Christianity in the Shadow of the Mosque

As a pastor I'm having increased discussions with Christians on the way to treat our Muslim neighbors. I felt this panel discussion from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was really good at both looking at the increasing Muslim population in our midst, how should we engage them, etc. This is very, very instructive: A key quote (and I'm paraphrasing) is Russ Moore who says, "You can either consider Muslims a threat and wish them gone or you can consider them as people created in the image of God whom we wish to lovingly win to Christ. But you can't do both."   ...

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Christians, Fear, and the Truth about Muslims

Since 9/11, the West has been skeptical and downright fearful of the Muslim faith. And rightfully so, given the attacks on 9/11 in the name of Islam. The American Church has, at times, led the skepticism, especially conservative evangelicals like myself. You don't have to look far to see documentaries and books and other media that serve to warn us about the growing Muslim presence in the world. As a believer--how should a Christian respond to Islam? I've thought about this quite a bit in the last year. Should we cower in fear? Should we spread fear? What should we do? Now, as a believer in the orthodox truths of the gospel, I believe Islam to be a sincere, but misguided religion, one that leads their followers away from an eternity with God in Heaven. Jesus said in John 14, "I am the way, the truth, the life." I believe that. I...

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