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On Christianity & Islam (bumper links edition)

When I lived in the UK I had very little to do with Muslims and only passing interest in topics to do with Islam. There were very few Muslims in our town and probably zero in the area I was church planting. Now life is very different, we have Muslim neighbours, friends and colleagues. We’re learning but not always remembering to check for gelatine in sweets for friends of our kids, we’re learning how to interact and graciously and thoughtfully engage with our Muslim friends. As a result I notice…

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The Curiosity Index (19.04.2018)

Perspectives on Islam in Europe In 2016, the Pew Research Centre estimated [the] total Muslim population in Europe to be just under 26 million. This is a significant increase over the 2010 population that Pew reported at 19.5 million…Their research shows that 53% of migrants entering Europe between 2010-2016 were Muslim. In addition to the increase in the Muslim population in the EU through immigration between 2010 and 2016 (3.5 million), there was an increase through 2.9 million children born to Muslim parents. Importantly, the Pew research also estimated that over the…

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The Curiosity Index (18.04.2018)

A hole in the sky One of the dangers for us, as charismatic Christians, is that our equivalent of the Temple is our Sunday worship service. People need to “come” to encounter God. That’s where the hole in heaven is – over our meeting. And for people that can access our Sunday meetings, this is fine. We must invite them and see them saved and added. But what about all the people who cannot come, who do not come, who will not come? Invitational evangelism is insufficient to reach our Jerusalem, never mind our Samaria and the Ends…

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The Curiosity Index (26.03.2018)

Boko Haram kept one Dapchi girl who refused to deny her Christianity “We begged her to just recite the Islamic declaration and put the hijab on and get into the vehicle, but she said it was not her faith, so why should she say it was? If they want to kill her, they can go ahead, but she won’t say she is a Muslim.” Powerful. Pray for Leah Sharibu. Church planting realities What it’s like being involved in a church plant in Finland. How about this for an endorsement: Moving countries…

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Religion in Europe: it’s complicated

Since moving to Sweden over six years ago, I’ve taken a far closer interest in trying to understand Europe and stay alert to trends, developments and so on. It’s not easy, Europe is a complicated place. Even knowing the borders of Europe is not always as easy as you think. West, south and north are relatively straightforward with the Atlantic (though what about Iceland? It’s culturally European but closer to Greenland which is North America), the Arctic and the Mediterranean providing clear boundaries but the east….well the east is a…

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Getting to grips with Islam

For ten years I lived in a neighbourhood where you could, with a reasonable degree of accuracy, say that there were no muslims. There may have been one or two but not enough to notice, see or move the needle on the statistics. As a result, even though I had friends living and working in Islamic nations or in multi-cultural cities, it wasn’t a present reality for me. Interesting as it was, engaging with Islam was not on the top of my list. Not even close. Now I live in a…

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Reviews 

Book Review: Christians, Muslims & Islamic Rage

Christians, Muslims, And Islamic Rage: What Is Going On And Why It Happened by Christopher Catherwood My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book was one of the many post 9/11 attempts to answer a question that many in the West had previously been oblivious to: why are so many Muslims so angry at the West? In other words why do they hate us? Written in 2003 it was inevitable that this book would show some signs of ageing, most notably when the author tried to engage in contemporary geo-politics.…

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Book Review: Holy Warriors

Jihad, suicide bombers, ISIS, Syria, Paris, Brussels – the list of horrors associated with Islam is long and growing.  Since the beginning of the 21st century militant Islam has dominated the headlines. It has changed the world we live in and not for the better. A tolerant western society has been faced with an enemy it neither wants nor understands nor has the tools to defeat. Many are quick of course to point out that the majority of the world’s Muslims are not extremists, fanatics, or dangerous however that leaves…

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