In December 2015 many were shocked when President Yahya Jammeh declared The Gambia to be an “Islamic Republic.” The July 2014 declaration of a Caliphate by ISIS echoed in our memories. These concerns began to recede in January 2017, when the new president, Adama Barrow, restored the older name, “Republic of The Gambia.”Add a comment
Islam has been an important part of American life going back at least to the 1940’s, although history indicates Muslims have actually been a part of our country’s founding from the eighteenth century.Add a comment
In the attached article, I examine the demand [issued by some Christian groups in Germany and the USA] that Arab Christians should not address God as Allah in prayer, and that we should never render the Arabic term “Allah” as “Gott” in German (or “God” in English).Add a comment
Islam poses several challenges to today’s world. There are the popular uprisings against political leaders in many Muslim-majority countries, the Arab Spring, for example. There is the mass-migration of Muslims to Europe, Germany in particular.Add a comment
The Muslim terrorists who shocked Paris by their brazen murders in early January provoked a massive reaction. Three and a half million people marched through the streets of the French capital on January 11 with forty-four heads of the nations and their representatives leading them. America was absent.Add a comment
A friend of mine forwarded a blog by Dr. Matthew Stone, a former Muslim, entitled, “Why Christians Deterred Me from Leaving Islam.” In the context of the refugee crisis sweeping Europe and the prospect of receiving 10,000 of those Muslim refugees here in the United States, Dr. Stone’s thoughts are worth considering.Add a comment
One of the reasons I love history is because I get to know how the story of a particular person or event ends. It’s satisfying. When we consider the story of our times, I know how that one is going to end too. But the problem is to figure out just where we are in the timeline.Add a comment
Any Christian pursuing deeper relationships with Muslims eventually has to struggle with this question: Allah and Yahweh—are they the same God? This question became the topic of heated discussion at the annual convention of a notable evangelical denomination this past summer.Add a comment
Why would we want to build credibility among Muslims? Well, there are short and long answer to that question. The short answer is all I will try to provide here.Add a comment
At the 41st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America this past June, during the presentation of the Study Committee Report on Insider Movements, the hottest issue was the concern of the use of “Allah” for God and the possible confusion or identity of the God of the Bible with Allah of the Quran.Add a comment
The World Reformed Fellowship is facilitating networks of partnerships in reaching out to Muslim Background Christians. The article of Gene Daniels in the January/February 2013 of Christianity Today on Following Christ in Embedded Muslim Culture puts important points for consideration on our agenda.Add a comment
In the 21st century in certain parts of our world, Islam has become the major force confronted by evangelical Reformed Christians. Missions, evangelism, and apologetics are all involved in responding Christianly to the challenge of Islam. How can/should Christians deal with this challenge so that the challenge, in fact, becomes a Kingdom opportunity?
Some religious leaders believe that there are moral and ethical "points of contact" between conservative Islam and evangelical Christianity. Are there? And if there are, how should these "points of contact" be utilized? But in addition to possible moral and ethical "points of contact" between Islam and Christianity, some scholars believe that there are theological "points of contact" between Christianity and Islam, that both religions share, for example, a "common word" and perhaps even worship the same God.
At our 2010 General Assembly in Edinburgh, a decision was made to commit the resources of the WRF to an intensive study of how we might assist our members in understanding Islam and in ministering in the context of Islam and that Consultation was carried out in November of 2011
This section provides materials from that Consultation and other materials as well.