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He asked some great questions and I really enjoyed the exploration of how ministry to ex-Muslims overlaps in some important ways with ministry to people in late modern, post-Christian (post-secular?) societies.
What’s the backstory to this book? What led you to write it?
After years in the Middle East, we were back in the USA for almost four years. During that time I did a lot of teaching and preaching at churches in Texas. I was happily surprised to find the number of pastors who would say things like, “Oh yes, we have a guy from Saudi attending our church now!” or “A refugee family from Iraq is now coming to our foodbank and they told us they converted from Islam.” Usually, the follow up would be something like, “We’re not really sure how to care for them, though…”
That’s why I wrote this book. You can have a seasoned and loving pastor with decades of experience, but this area of Christianity is so new that very few people have any experience in it.
My new book is now available. It is I Will Give them and Everlasting Name: Pastoral Care for Christ’s Converts from Islam (Regnum, 2020). You can get it in print from the Regnum site or for Kindle at Amazon.
Here are three videos from a talk I recently gave (Lavapies, Madrid, 30 Oct 2020) on some of the ideas and research that went into this book. Enjoy, and please consider buying the book.
Let’s call it 2/3 vacation and 1/3 traveling work.
This summer the Miller family spent a week and half in the small village of Villaescusa in the Comunidad (state) of Castilla y León. We spent the next week and a half in a rural community outside of Posada de Llanera in the Comunidad (state) of Asturias.
As a priest I also ministered at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Villaescusa, the Church of the Redeemer in Salamanca, and preached at the Church of St Eulalia in Oviedo. For the first two churches, it was the first time they had received a pastoral visit in many months, since before the quarantine started in March.
Here are some pictures from Castilla y León:
And now some pictures from beautiful Asturias:
Hope you enjoyed these photos. Leave questions in the comment section.