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:

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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.

Lanzando una comunidad Cristiana habla-árabe en Madrid

Aquí comparto sobre esta experiencia en la conferencia New Wineskins 2019:

Do Anglicans care as much about mission(s) as evangelicals?

A few weeks ago I was asked to write on whether Anglicans value mission as much as evangelical Christians. That article was published today. Here is an excerpt:

Matter matters. Anglicanism is firm—in all its traditions—on this point. God made stuff, and it was good. God in his sovereign election has elected certain primordial pan-cultural things to operate as portals of his own saving presence and activity.

These things are humble: wine, bread, water, hands, man-and-woman, oil. All of this flows from and to the proclamation of the resurrection of all flesh. We don’t become angels. After our death our souls long to be reunited with our bodies in the new creation.

Anglican mission is not ashamed of this. Indeed, it is a great strength because the fundamental sacramental principal—that matter matters—is deeply ingrained in every human. Though yes, some of us in the West have somehow managed to deceive ourselves and believe the contrary.

The sacrament is the symbol that effectuates what it means; God binds himself to the sacraments, though he is not bound by them.

Read the entire article at Anglican Pastor. And also check out my previous video interview at that website from 2017.

Baptism for the ex-Muslim Christian

I have lately been working on a book on pastoral care for Christians from a Muslim background (CMBs). Rather than write everything and then publish the book, I’m taking a new approach: publishing sections gradually while seeking feedback and comments. So here is my first installment. Do let me know if you have any comments or questions or advice:

(These were originally published as blog entries at New Wineskins: part 1, part 2.)