Tag Archives: God

Vow-making

  The Old Testament largely agrees with contemporary Muslim perspectives on the actualities of the unseen world.  Lying demons are Lucifer’s children, while prophet Elisha’s buried bones can impart renewed life to a corpse. Pragmatism, however, is not to be … Continue reading

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Facts, arguments and logic

Westerners are raised on syllogisms and constructs of truth that are propositional.  It is somehow hard for those in the Middle East to believe that an anecdote could make them pungent a point as three logically connected paragraphs. In many … Continue reading

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Advances of the gospel

Some of the exciting advances of the gospel among Muslims today derive from singular ‘outbreaks from heaven’. Many of the Muslim leaders became followers of Christ, bringing their families and followers with them.   Why Revival is Exploding Among Muslims … Continue reading

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Shame is a social phenomenon

‘What people say’ or ‘What people might say’ is a strong constraint on actions. The use of oaths in such profusion in many Middle Eastern societies illustrates the lengths to which people go to avoid being shamed. Shame comes from … Continue reading

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Old Testament through eyes of Semitic culture

The OT revelation was mediated through a Semitic culture in which male superiority and chauvinism were almost built into the structure of things.  That male-oriented culture was available to God as a medium for communication and He was content to … Continue reading

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Distinct universes

  If you smile at your wife, she will take advantage of you!  Between men and women there is a huge gulf. Male and female ‘live’ in distinct universes. To confuse the two universes is to court disaster.  It is the … Continue reading

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Getting our attention

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.  Alfred, Lord Tennyson Whatever Jesus traced in the dust beneath the angry gaze of religious bigots high on adrenaline, it helped Him sort out His response to the problem of a woman taken in adultery. … Continue reading

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