49 people were gunned down and killed in an Orlando gay bar early Sunday morning, with another 53 wounded. You can read more about the gut-wrenching story here (CNN). The Orlando Sentinel is compiling a page where you can read a short tribute about each of the victims. There are lots of heavy elements to […]
What do Muslims believe? What’s the difference between Cultural and Radical Muslims?
I opened my newspaper’s USA Today section yesterday to see another horrifying cover story of Muslim suicide bombers devastating innocent people. What makes this attack different than some is that it is Muslims attacking other Muslims, this time in Turkey. Many people want an answer to the question, “What do Muslims believe as it relates […]
Don’t Spread Injustice: Cultural Muslims are not the same as Radical Muslims
Here are two things I am passionate about: Having conversations about what is true about different religions (specifically Islam in recent conversations) without saying the (silly) notion that all religions are the same. I desire simple honesty about what a religion believes and when lies are thrown out there, to identify them as such. How […]
Moderate Muslims Are Closer to Jesus than to Muhammad
I have an ex-Muslim friend who must remain anonymous because of death threats he has received (he lives in my hometown of Lansing). My friend was born in Iran and was a Muslim for 23 years. He left Islam and became a follower of Jesus after seeing two things: 1. The Qur’an is full of […]
Praying for American Pastor Saeed, Illegally Imprisoned in Iran
I attended a prayer vigil for Pastor Saeed Abedini this past Friday at the State Capitol Building in Lansing. It was one of 500 vigils held in 35 countries around the world, commemorating the two year anniversary of when Pastor Saeed was incarcerated in an Iranian prison where he is tortured for his Christian faith. […]
What Does the U-shaped ن Arabic letter mean on Facebook and Twitter?
You might be seeing the Arabic letter ن popping up on friends’ Facebook and Twitter profile pics and have been wondering what it means. ن is the Arabic letter for “N” and was spray painted on all Christian property to be seized by ISIS militants in Mosul, Iraq. The “N” stands for the Arabic word […]