Islam

7) New Georges Houssney book, “Engaging Islam,” is Engaging —

Georges Houssney’s new book has been warmly received by many who feel he speaks the truth in love about Islam, giving not just information about Islam but also tools for sharing one’s heart. The 208-page book begins with a short bio of Houssney’s upbringing in the predominantly Muslim city of Tripoli, Lebanon. His dramatic conversion and the ensuing struggle to love a people he has grown up to hate are woven into real life stories of Muslims he grew up with. Stories of conversions are spread throughout the book with lessons drawn from the lives of those who have experienced the transforming power of Christ.  The main themes treated in this book are love and the model of Jesus in ministry. It’s priced at $14.95 but we’ve heard it said that if you mention Brigada, Georges will literally knock off 30%. Send just $10 plus shipping. (I’m serious. He’s evidently a true fan! :-) ) Bulk rates are available. Email

ordersatengagingislamdotorg or visit

http://engagingislam.org

(Thanks for being a friend of Brigada participants, Georges!)

5) Where There Was No Church (the Book) —

If you want to learn how the Father is at work among Muslims, and how you can better cooperate with Him, check out this newly released book.  Sub-titled “Postcards from Followers of Jesus in the Muslim World,” it does a great job further illustrating fruitful practices among Muslims (it is another offering from some of those behind From Seed to Fruit).  And if you want to dig a bit more deeply and learn from the stories, it includes helpful questions for personal or group study. It will be available soon by major booksellers like Amazon.com, but for a limited time it is being sold for a discount at

http://learningtogetherpress.com/?page_id=12

You can get more details on the book there, too, including an expanded table of contents and even a sample chapter.  Take a look, and if you like it, grab a copy – and spread the word.

Oh, and all you Kindle lovers out there (you know who you are!); the Kindle version is already available from Amazon.com for just $4.99.

(Not to worry if you use a Nook, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, or other eBook reader – an ePub version should be released shortly and be available from B&N and iTunes.)

5) Learn More about Fruitful Practices Among Muslims —

leaderingtogetherThose interested in fruitful practices and insights into how the Creator is at work among Muslims, check out the new book “Where There Was No Church: Postcards from Followers of Jesus in the Muslim World”, which has just been released by some of the same folks behind “From Seed to Fruit.” It’s reportedly a terrific book for personal or group study. You can learn more, read a sample chapter, and buy at a limited-time discount right now at

http://www.learningtogetherpress.com

This book is also available from Amazon.com & other major book sellers. See it for sale via Kindle for $4.99, for example, at

http://www.amazon.com/Where-There-Was-Church-ebook/dp/B004A156EU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1289252698&sr=8-1

5) Encountering the World of Islam Online

EWI is a 12-lesson course for people interested in learning about God’s heart for Muslims and about the history and culture of the Muslim world, presenting a fresh perspective on the Islamic faith to the body of Christ in the United States and internationally. Students work to understand Muslims from a variety of perspectives, wrestle with what it means to be a good neighbor to a Muslim, and think about how to communicate the gospel as good news to Muslims – all with the help of a course mentor and class interaction. EWI Online runs four times a year, and the next class is January 10-April 3. Cost is $229 and includes the course textbook. For more information go to

https://encounteringislam.org/online

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7) Mohammed Tops the List of English Baby Names —

Just when you needed an idea for the name of your firstborn son, CNN comes through for you. See the article below, which reports that Mohammed is now the most popular name.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/10/28/uk.mohammed/index.html?hpt=T2

Tough luck for “Oliver,” which was the most popular name previously.

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in a report announced just last month. CNN quoted them as saying that the Muslim population has risen rapidly in Western Europe in the past 20 years — From under 10 million in 1990, to about 17 million today.

4) Morin & Arana Encourage the American Church to *Love* Muslims —

Here’s a new book entitled, “Through the Eyes of Christ: How to Lead Muslims into the Kingdom of God.” The authors have a backdrop with a sum total of decades living and relating to Muslims… but what they’re really good at is repositioning the conduit to be based on love, reality, and care — instead of focusing on targets and projects. Just this slight reposturing is worth the read, not to mention all the other stuff you’ll learn. Order at through Amazon.com.
Through the Eyes of Christ: How to Lead Muslims into the Kingdom of God (Volume 1)

6) Take in a Training Conference at Crescent Project —

The Oasis Conference is Crescent Project’s annual conference, bringing together various individuals who are interested in learning more about reaching Muslims. Participants will engage in workshops, networking, and the opportunity to hear from nationally recognized speakers. It will take place Oct. 21-23, 2010, at Grace Community Church, Brentwood, TN. Learn more at…

https://www.crescentproject.org/oasisconference

Catch a “Bridges 1 Day, LA” workshop and hear from Crescent Project President Fouad Masri as he shares about reaching Muslims, including Islam’s background, bridging the Gospel among Muslims, and reaching Muslim women. Catch one Sep. 11, 2010, at Mariners Church, Irvine, CA or if that’s too quick, attend on Oct. 2, 2010 at Wheaton Bible Church, West Chicago, IL. Learn more at

https://www.crescentproject.org/bridgesoneday

8) Engaging Islam Seminar, Generous Scholarships Available

Do you want to reach Muslims at home or abroad? Maybe you know a little about Islam, or maybe you know a lot. More importantly, are you effective? Are you leading Muslims to Christ? Can you effectively disciple a convert and help them remain “in the Vine?” Do you know what it takes to plant a church in a Muslim context? Whether your answers are YES or NO, Engaging Islam invites you to increase your effectiveness. You will receive advanced teaching in Islamics, missiology and practical ministry to Muslims. Dates are July 19 to August 6. You can attend one to three weeks of teaching in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Check our website for more details.

http://www.engagingislam.org

or email

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or by phone 303-442-3333.

5) Helpful [free!] Resources for Those Ministering to Muslims

Here’s a website created for expatriate and national believers who are ministering to Muslims in the Arab world.  It seeks to provide a comprehensive on-line database of information and critique of print and audio-visual resources for church planting ministry use.

http://www.resource-international.info

An https version of the site is available by sending email to

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8) Engaging Islam Seminar, Generous Scholarships Available

engagingislamDo you want to reach Muslims at home or abroad? Whether your answer is YES or NO, Horizons Int’l invites you to increase your effectiveness by receiving advanced teaching in Islamics, missiology and practical ministry to Muslims. The dates are July 19 to August 6. You can attend one to three weeks of teaching in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Check their website for more details:

http://www.engagingislam.org

or email

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or by phone 303-442-3333.

6) Oasis Conference 2009

crescentprojectWe are at a critical point in the history of our witness to the Muslim world. Christians are now face-to-face with a large Muslim population. God has given us a tremendous opportunity to reach them with the love and peace of Christ that previous generations only dreamed about. But are we ready? How can we effectively communicate the gospel to our Muslim neighbors? Oasis Conference 2009 will give you practical training and resources to help you reach out to Muslims in your community. The conference will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, during October 22-24.  Learn more, and register at…

http://www.crescentproject.org/oasisconference

3) Scholarships for Engaging Islam Seminar

engagingislamDo you want to reach Muslims at home or abroad? Maybe you know a little about Islam, or maybe you know a lot. More importantly, are you effective? Are you leading Muslims to Christ? Can you effectively disciple converts and help them remain “in the Vine?” Do you know what it takes to plant a church in a Muslim context? Regardless of the answer, organizers say “Engaging Islam” can increase your effectiveness. You will receive advanced teaching in Islamics, missiology and practical ministry to Muslims. Learn more at…

http://www.engagingislam.org

or call 303-442-3333.

7) Marriages and Muslims and Ministry

ringsThere doesn’t seem to be much research out there related to interfaith marriages between Muslims or former Muslims and Christians, particularly in regard to those serving in ministry. Know of any? If so, post those that are public domain by clicking “Comment” below. Forward your listings of books, journal articles, theses or dissertations to

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No need to tell her that this would be a great dissertation topic. She’s heard it several times already.

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