A former Muslim who is now a pastor is telling Christians to stop fearing Muslims and to discern what they really should be fighting against.
Thabiti Anyabwile, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman on the Cayman Islands, says Christians need to think first rather than let their emotions dictate how they react to Muslims and Islam.
“We live in a world where failing to understand real and significant differences that matter to people not like us can result in things like hijacking, bombings, and bullets flying,” said Anyabwile during the recent “Think: The Life of the Mind & the Love of God” conference organized by Desiring God ministry. more >>
An estimated 100 million people worldwide are expected to pray for peace in Jerusalem on Sunday.
The eighth annual Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, which takes place on the first Sunday of every October, will unite some 300,000 churches in 175 nations to intercede in prayer on behalf of Jerusalem, Israel, and its inhabitants. The event is the largest Israel-focused prayer event in history.
“We are living in challenging days, when Jerusalem is under tremendous pressure on all sides,” said Robert Stearns, Eagles’ Wings founder and co-host of the prayer day. “The prayers of faithful people on her behalf will make a difference, especially as Christians and Jews from the nations, along with Arab Christians and Jews from Israel, stand together in Jerusalem on Oct. 3.” more >>
A nationwide prayer campaign for peace was launched Tuesday ahead of Sudan’s upcoming referendum in January, when the South is expected to vote for independence from the North.
The Catholic Church launched the prayer campaign in Sudan just days after The Episcopal Church urged its U.S. members to observe “A Season of Prayer for Sudan.” Like other international observers, both church bodies worry that violence will breakout in the months leading up to the highly-anticipated referendum. more >>
The decision of the Karen National Union to observe a one-day ceasefire on the International Day of Peace has been welcomed by Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
The Christian human rights group said the move was an “important sign of respect” for the day of peace on September 21 and a “symbol of the Karen people’s desire for peace and freedom.”
The KNU is one of the largest armed groups in Burma and has been locked in conflict against military offensives by successive regimes for the last 60 years. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted Wednesday that the leaders of the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority were “serious” about a peace deal, despite no visible evidence that the closed-door negotiations were going well.
“They are getting down to business and they have begun to grapple with the core issues that can only be resolved with face-to-face negotiations,” Clinton said Wednesday morning to reporters.
“I believe they are serious about reaching an agreement… This is the time and these are the leaders and the United States will stand by them as they make difficult decisions,” she added. more >>
The head of the world’s largest evangelical body on Wednesday spoke for the first time with the pastor behind the planned Sept. 11 Quran burning.
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO and secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance, tried to dissuade Dr. Terry Jones of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., from following through on his controversial plan, which has sparked protests overseas and prompted pleas from U.S. government officials.
Tunnicliffe, whose organization represents 420 million evangelicals, said Jones seemed a “bit ambivalent” about going through with the event but did not say anything new. The evangelical leader offered to fly down to Florida on Friday – one day before the event – to speak to Jones and his congregation. more >>