Monthly Archives: September 2010

ROOM ONLY FOR LOVE

Oddly overlooked, another pastor was offering an entirely different attitude towards our Muslim neighbors. Steve Stone of Heartsong Church in Memphis read in the newspaper a year and a half ago that a group was building an Islamic Center across the street from the church. Stone had a banner made that announced, “Heartsong Church welcomes Memphis Islamic Center to the neighborhood.” Continue reading

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THE NEED FOR A PROPHETIC VOICE

In her book The Cloister Walk, Kathleen Norris provides a succinct description of the role of the prophet. “A prophet’s task is to reveal the fault lines hidden beneath the comfortable surface of the worlds we invent for ourselves, the national myths as well as the little lies and delusions of control and security that get us through the day.” Continue reading

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FAITHFUL PRESENCE

The integrity of Rodgers’ life impacted the life of a very fragile girl. He had watched his own dreams of an NFL career disappear after college. He had endured a severe crisis when his marriage ended suddenly, leaving him to raise two young children. And he was trying to deal honestly with the aging process. Rodgers had encountered and conquered obstacles in his life, making him the person and the teacher who he is. And who he is rescued someone else’s life. Continue reading

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RESPONDING LIKE CHRIST

On 9/11/2001, nineteen extremist Muslims executed the deadliest terrorist plot to occur within American borders. Their actions, motivated by their religious beliefs, snuffed out the lives of 2,996 people, including their own. How do we interpret this even in light of the growing number of Muslims who live in our neighborhoods, attend our schools and serve in our government? How would we expect Jesus to respond to his Muslim neighbors? Continue reading

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