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:
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 Academia.edu and Scribd.com, 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.
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.
El semestre pasado enseñé una asignatura de sociología para el curso masters en la Facultad Protestante de Teología UEBE en Alcobendas. Quise compartir con todos la obra final que entregaron mis estudiantes, con permiso de los estudiantes.
En este proyecto se explora la pregunta: ¿Porqué los españoles se convierten al cristianismo evangélico?
Some time ago I wasn’t contacted by the leadership of Voice of the Martyrs based here in Seoul, Korea. This morning I presented the graduation address (or commencement speech, as they call it in the USA) to a group of North Korean Christians and guests. Three of them had completed the six-month discipleship program, two of them were being commissioned as missionaries, and two had completed the full three-year program called Underground University.
The bible text is Ephesians 3:1–6. It is presented in English with ongoing translation to Korean. The graphs I reference are found here.
Here is the audio, and as always your questions or comments are welcome.
As a follow up of that interview, he interviewed me recently for his podcast. Listen to the whole interview here and check out the other resources at his blog. I really enjoyed talking with Stephen and I think you’ll enjoy the podcast.