Millions around the world celebrate Christmas on December 25. Another popular religious celebration occurs in Turkey around this time – the Mevlana festival is held in December and reaches its crescendo on December 17 when it ends on a spectacular note as on this day Mevlana’s union with Allah is celebrated.  December 17 is the…

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Wheel of Life The Buddhist worldview is very different from our Christian one. The Tibetan Wheel of Life symbolizes the Buddhist perspective on life and contains within it numerous symbols of Buddhist themes and teachings.Often as Christians we take for granted the wonderful redemptive story and the concept of God as love. Most other world…

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What are they thinking about Hinduism? A question which was asked over a century ago is being re-asked now and has been addressed in length in a paper by Madasamy S. Thirumalai, Ph.D. Bethany College of Missions. What is the question?CAN HINDUS BE CONVERTED? REVISITING A NINETEENTH CENTURY CONTROVERSYIN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY. Thirumali believes so! In…

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Knock, Knock, Who is there? The United States has become home for millions of Muslims in our generation. While I was home on furlough this past summer as I visited different churches I had people say to me more than once, “A Muslim family live down the street from us. ..” or “There is a…

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If you ever talk to someone from the Jewish faith these are some of the arguments you might here. “It’s idolatry to believe that a man can become a God”“We believe there is only one God – you believe in three gods!”“Jewish people don’t need a middleman!”“Repentance, charity, and fasting is how you atone for…

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The Atheists believes that there is no evidence for God’s existence. Atheism is the lack of belief in a God. When an Atheist looks at the world they don’t see it the same way you do. Atheists see a beautiful and amazing world, and they can stare at that sunset and sunrise with a sense…

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Jaded James; Reaching a De-churched Culture James and I first met on a Tuesday morning. As I sat in a comfy chair, drinking coffee with some pastor buddies, James was introduced by my youth pastor. It was obvious that hanging out with four pastors wasn’t a part of the normal routine for this 24-year old…

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The New Age movement is actually a very old religion. It’s major belief is in reincarnation in which the person ascends to the next level according to his/her karma (good or bad works during their life). The religion teaches that we are all Gods. The most dangerous cult to develop in the 20th century is…

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Taking the first step! They are here. Internationals are all around us. Have you tried connecting with the people you meet in stores? A young man at the eyeglass center was helping me pick out frames. Seeing him through the eyes of Christ, I looked for a way to turn the conversation the direction I…

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Outreach can sometimes be a tremendous negative for a church. Now that I have your attention, please let me explain. Perhaps like you, I’ve been a part of churches that focused powerfully on outreach. In essence, we had very little trouble reaching folks and attracting them to our church. The “tremendous negative” came shortly thereafter…

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