Mark Durie’s prayers of renunciation

The Rev. Dr. Mark Durie has done some very important work on the theme of conversion from Islam to Christianity. He argues in his book Liberty to the Captives that converts should openly and liturgically renounce their former covenant with Allah that was mediated through Muhammad.

This is especially relevant in relation to those dealing with the baptism of a convert, since it is the sacrament whereby one enters into the Church, which is to say the people of the New Covenant—one with a different mediator.

Learn more by reading this interesting (if provocative) PDF:

Prayers for Freedom

Select articles from St Francis Magazine (2007)

And without further ado here are some additional articles from St Francis Magazine, sadly now out of print (and off-line). The online journal made a solid contribution to the study and practice of Christian mission and ministry in Arab (and Islamic, in general) contexts. Here are my selections of from the 2007 volumes.

Basil Grafas – Evaluation of Scriptural Support for Insider Movements

Bill Nikides – The Church at the Cross Roads

Bishop Maroun Lahham of Tunisia – Eastern Christianity

Luke Alexander Veronis – Missionaries Monks Martyrs – Making Disciples of All Nations

Grant DeVries – Explaining the Atonement to the Arabic Muslim in terms of Honour and Shame Potentials and Pitfalls

Contextualization of Ministry among Muslims – Arab World Ministries

Speaking of Christ’s Divinity within Muslm Cultures – Rev Dr David Teague

Archbishop Rowan Williams — to Islamic University in Islamabad

Sophia Kim — Sufism in Egypt


Vivienne Stacey — The Practice of Exorcism and Healing


Baptizing a Convert from Islam with an Anglican Liturgy

Here is my latest material from Anglican Compass (formerly Anglican Pastor):

I didn’t even remember the phone call. One evening when I was loafing around the house an Arabophone brother called me from a foreign country and had some questions about our small Arabophone fellowship, Kanisa. What did we believe? I answered: we had an evangelical orientation and confessed the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds. Did we belong to a particular denomination? I answered: I’m an Anglican priest and the other pastors come from Assemblies of God and Methodist backgrounds, though we welcome people from the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, ex-Muslims, and Muslim seekers too.

Read the rest of it HERE.

Select Articles from St Francis Magazine (2005–2006)

Years ago I helped with the publication of St Francis Magazine. It was an online journal that focused on Christianity in Arab and Muslim-majority contexts. I have an archive of most (maybe all) of the articles. I thought that since I’m stuck inside our flat in Madrid with extra time on my hands I would share some of those via this blog.

These are just a few of my favorite ones, though I understand that others are available at and, so if you’re looking for a specific article and it’s not here, please head over to those websites.

These are articles from St Francis Magazine, 2005–2006 (the first and second years of publication). If you are interested in other articles please let me know.



The Translation of the Bible – Bassam Madany

The Jewishness of Jesus – Dr Bernhard Reitsma

Public Liturgical Prayer in Islam and Christianity

Evaluating Insider Movements C5 Messianic Muslims – By Bill Nikides

Is there still need for mission to Muslims – by Rev. Colin Chapman

Barry Peters – The role of dreams and visions in the apostolate to Muslims

Who are the Copts – Fr Tadros Y Malaty

Daisy Marsh – Missionary to the Kabyles

If you’re interested in more of these articles please let me know. SFM really did publish some outstanding work (and some substandard work, I’m sure). But it filled a gap that no one else did at the time and, I think, no one does today.

True Shepherds in a Time of Plague

Building Old School Churches

In 1665 Bubonic Plague, the “Black Death” as it was called at the time, broke out in the city of London, and thousands died. Almost immediately, the royalty left the city, followed quickly by the rich, and then as one wag put it in his history of the time “Most of the clergy suddenly decided they could best minister to their flocks from far, far away.” The scenes of horror recounted in the various plague journals kept by those who stayed are piteous. Hospitals were crammed full of the dying and quickly overwhelmed whatever doctors and nurses had not either fled or died themselves.

But then in the midst of all that terrible sickness and sorrow, and death, who do you think it was who heard the cry of those suffering and returned in droves to minister to the sick and dying, to pastor congregations whose ministers had fled with…

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“La Reforma Inglesa: el camino detrás y el comino por delante” en *La Luz*


He tenido el privilegio de publicar este artículo en La Luz: Pensamiento Anglicano (Vol. 1, dic 2019, pp 51–57).

Si te interesa saber mas sobre la reforma inglesa y el estado actual de la Comunión Anglicana puedes descargar el PDF del artículo en

O mejor, puedes comprar toda la revista académica en Editorial Sapere Aude.

One year report: Kanisa in Madrid

In October of 2018 we embarked on a fascinating and challenging journey: starting an Arabic-language fellowship in Madrid. Originally Dan and I launched it, but soon Raouf came on board.

Here is a picture from one of our weekly pastors’ prayer meetings:

L to R: Dan, Raouf, Duane

A few weeks ago we sat down to think through some strategic issues, evaluating the past and looking to the future. This report is the fruit of that meeting:

Arabic Fellowship in Madrid, Report Dec 2019

Feel free to ask any questions.