Author Archives: Faith Line Protestants

A simple example of interfaith cooperation

Thanks to John Morehead of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Interreligious Diplomacy for the tip:

This video highlights a great example of acting on shared values across religious differences to meet needs

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Unconvential alliances

I had to take a quick moment to promote this article from my friend Chris Stedman on the Relevant Magazine blog: Why This Atheist Still Needs His Former Pastor.

Quoting Chris, this is what really hits home for me:

…I cannot help but wonder what the world would look like if we were more willing to forge unconventional alliances. What would happen if we were more radical about whom we saw as our collaborators? What would happen if we took the risk of reaching out to the unfamiliar? If atheists and Christians started seeing one another as necessary partners in making the world a better place, what might we come to understand about each other? What might we come to better understand about ourselves? What might we accomplish together?

This is important because of the two simple facts that God calls Christians to serve those in need and that we can accomplish more by working together. But since this blog almost invariably comes back to this idea of evangelism, I’d like to add that the unconventional alliances to which Chris refers are, in my opinion, the best way to show the world the compassion of Jesus and to communicate the full, compelling truth of the gospel. And even though Chris and I disagree about whether that gospel is indeed truth, we can agree about the fact that we’re all better off as collaborators in making the world a better place than we are as collaborators in the historic, futile argument about who is right.

So check out Chris’ article and dwell on this today: what if we made these unconventional alliances… conventional?

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Skye Jethani on “Why I Defend Muslims”

A little something from Skye Jethani on Christians and Muslims. I think there’s a lot to discuss following Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s article in a recent issue of Newsweek, but until we get to that, enjoy some thoughts from Skye Jethani:

“… my work with interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims, have led some to believe that I’m an advocate for Islam…or at least not sold out for team Christianity (a.k.a. theologically liberal). Nothing could be farther from reality. Here’s the truth. First, I believe Jesus calls us to love our neighbors, including our Muslim neighbors, and we cannot love them if we are gripped by fear.”

Read his article here:

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Tim Tebow and John 3:16

I talk a lot on this blog about communicating the message of our faith. So, when folks like Tim Tebow take the national spotlight and display their faith prominently, my question is: does it communicate the gospel effectively?

The Barna Group starts to scratch the surface of that question with this poll published last week:

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IFYC Interfaith Leader Video

A little more of my story…

The IFYC used some of the footage from my 30 Good Minutes interview to put together this little profile.

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Spiritual Journey

I am thrilled to have been profiled by 30 Good Minutes this past weekend on their program that aired on WTTW Chicago Public Television. Thought I’d share a little of my story with our FLP readers. Enjoy!

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Was The United States Ever A Christian Nation?

I came across this on Kurt Willems’ blog: The Pangea Blog. I thought it was relevant to my recent post The End of Christian America?

Perhaps America never was a Christian nation in the first place… thoughts?

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Evangelicals and foreign aid

Check out this article by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision USA:

Stearns says:

… a Pew survey earlier this year found that 56% of evangelicals think “aid to the world’s poor” should be the first thing cut from the federal budget. In September, a Baylor University survey found that Americans who strongly believe that “God has a plan” for their lives—as evangelicals do—are the most likely to oppose government intervention on behalf of the poor.

Does opposing government intervention on behalf of the poor reflect the message of the Christian faith? Helping the poor and feeding the hungry is so central to following Jesus that evangelicals should be the strongest supporters of this “moral issue that people of faith, across the political spectrum, agree upon.”

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