The Seven Works of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God’s empowering presence in our lives. Here are seven works that the Holy Spirit wants to do in your life.

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Folk Islamic Ritual #7: Mystical Uses of the Qur’an

One Muslim understands the Qur’an to be the source of truth from Allah, while another uses the Qur’an most as a magic book to overcome spiritual forces in their life. Many Muslims simultaneously use the Qur’an in both of these ways.

Folk Islamic Ritual #6: Zikr and the 99 Names of Allah

One way that folk Muslims seek to interact with this spiritual realm is through protective amulets called tawiz. Another common practice is called zikr (Arabic dhikr), which often uses the 99 names of Allah.

Pauline Emulation in First Thessalonians

“You yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6 It is my conviction – and that of many missionaries – that missionaries should emulate the apostle Paul in their missionary work. Paul intended for TimothyContinue reading “Pauline Emulation in First Thessalonians”

Folk Islamic Ritual #5: Tawiz (Amulets)

This blog post is the fifth in a series on South Asian folk Islam and its rituals. Click here to go to the first of these articles. Understanding the rituals of Folk Islam provides insight into the beliefs and practices of folk Muslims. For some, it is strange to explore the worldview of folk Muslims.Continue reading “Folk Islamic Ritual #5: Tawiz (Amulets)”

Sharing Jesus with South Asian Shias

When Islam first spread to South Asia, it spread through Shia Muslims, first to the Sindh and then to the area around Lucknow. The father of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, was a secular Shia.[1] Today, Pakistan and India have significant Shia populations of at least 20 million per country.[2] Despite this large population, there are almost noContinue reading “Sharing Jesus with South Asian Shias”

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Five Barriers to Engaging Muslims with the Gospel

In 1791, William Carey published An Enquiry, effectively launching the modern missions movement. His argument was that Christians needed to take up the Great Commission by forming mission boards to launch missionaries to the nations. Carey led the charge by going to India in 1792. In An Enquiry, Carey detailed the greatest centers of lostness in the world,Continue reading “Five Barriers to Engaging Muslims with the Gospel”

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Discipling MBBs through Persecution

This blogpost was written for a training manual. Therefore, it is in a bullet point style. This blog post is a continuation of special issues in discipling Muslim-background believers (MBBs). For the previous post on helping MBBs go public in their faith, click here. Persecution is normal for MBBs. The Bible describes persecution as a normalContinue reading “Discipling MBBs through Persecution”

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The Muslim Triangle: A Tool for Evaluating and Engaging the Diversity of South Asian Islam

South Asia contain the greatest concentration of Muslim lostness on the planet (read here). South Asia also has the greatest diversity of Islam in the world. The Muslim Triangle is a simple training tool for helping people understand the diversity of South Asian Islam. Those with significant experiences will realize that this diagram is insufficientContinue reading “The Muslim Triangle: A Tool for Evaluating and Engaging the Diversity of South Asian Islam”

Covid Vaccines, Freedom, and Imitating Paul

If you are on social media, you have undoubtedly heard numerous appeals to freedom and personal conscience regarding being vaccinated from Covid-19. Many argue that freedom means that they, not the government, should choose whether they should take these vaccines. More than once, I have seen Galatians 5:1 invoked in this context,  “For freedom, ChristContinue reading “Covid Vaccines, Freedom, and Imitating Paul”

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