English Intercede

2020- 2021

Ministering to Afghan Refugees

2021 Vol. 6: Nov/Dec

Afghanistan is a diverse country consisting of more than 70 different ethnic groups and a total population of 38 million. Many of the ethnic groups come from the surrounding countries, like Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The three largest ethnic groups are the Pashtuns, the Tajiks, and the Hazaras; the Pashtuns are by far the largest (42%).

Muhammad’s Attempt to Supersede Jesus

2021 Vol. 5: Sept/Oct

Muhammad holds the most honored place of all humans in Islam. The Islamic confession of faith states: “There is no deity except Allah, and Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah.” This statement boldly names Muhammad in the same breath with Allah. Upon entering a mosque, a worshipper will usually see the names of Allah and Muhammad written together on the left and right walls in beautiful Arabic calligraphy, emphasizing the importance of both names to all Muslims.

The Mystery of Islam

2021 Vol. 4: July/August

Many people like a good mystery, but when it involves matters of faith and destiny, the level of interest increases even further. This is certainly the case concerning mysterious aspects of Islam that have come to light in the last few years. For example, several YouTube sites with tens of thousands of subscribers are now airing weekly episodes revealing new findings about the foundations of Islam.

The Storytelling Approach to Reaching Muslims

2021 Vol. 3: May/June

Everyone loves a good story. Children learn to love stories listening to their parents or teachers. John, the Gospel writer, believed that his was the greatest story, when he said, “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30).

Addressing our Missiological Comorbidities

2021 Vol. 2: Mar/Apr

Comorbidity. In this season of the corona virus pandemic, we have been continually confronted with this term “comorbidity.” These “comorbidities” are pre-existing conditions that compromise the ability of the body’s immune system to fight off the virus. Comorbidities, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and old age, make it more likely that the patient will get seriously sick or die after contracting COVID-19.

COVID-19 and the Muslim Ummah

2021 Vol. 1: Jan/Feb

Our nano-scale experience with Muslim friends here in our own country opens our eyes to the bigger picture of COVID’s impact on the lives of Muslims globally. How our personal laments figure into God’s unchanged love for them and us during this crisis will somewhat depend upon how well we understand their challenges in this season.

Abrahamic Dreaming

2020 Vol. 6: Nov/Dec

The expression “Abrahamic Religions” has become widely accepted in academic and popular conversations as a cover term for a genetically connected “family” of three religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Religious Studies departments on campuses across the Western world,
the term has become the standard way to refer to the three monotheistic religions, in contrast, for example, to Indian religions or East Asian religions.

A Miracle Church in New York City

2020 Vol. 5: Sept/Oct

Since the 1980s, one of the demographic shifts in America has been the influx of West African immigrants. Over the last fifteen years, legal immigrants from Africa have been entering the United States at a rate of about 50,000 per year. This significant influx has raised the percentage of foreign-born African people in America to approximately 4 percent.

Spiritually Mismatched

2020 Vol. 4: Jul/Aug

One phenomenon produced by globalization, international travel, immigration, and online dating sites is a rise in cross-cultural, interfaith interactions.

Lands that God will Not Forget: The Former Soviet Union Countries of Central Asia

2020 Vol. 3: May/Jun

The persecution of Christians in former Soviet Union countries in Central Asia is, of course, bad news. But,
ironically, it is also good news because it is evidence that people there are embracing the Good News of Jesus Christ in growing numbers and faithfully following Him.

Reflecting on Ramadan's Jewish Roots

2020 Vol. 2: Mar/Apr

“Forgiveness of sins? I love that thought,” said Ahmed as we sat enjoying our meal at a Midwestern diner. We had been talking about Ramadan, a month set aside for fasting in commemoration of Muhammad’s first revelations from Allah.
During Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim calendar, adherents of Islam fast from dawn until dusk.

The Dual Transformation of Prayer

2020 Vol. 1: Jan/Feb

As we intercede for Muslims, we often are acutely aware of the barriers they face in accepting Christ. Muslims must navigate through many layers of religion, culture, and familial relationship, which often seem like an impenetrable wall. Yet, as followers of Christ, we can be reticent to examine our own hearts or, better yet, allow the Spirit to inspect our hearts to identify any barriers resident within us toward Muslims.