What is Worldly Holiness?

This is the synopsis of my dissertation which I completed in 2007 and the fodder for a book I’m working on called, “Confessions of a Recovering Evangelical.” These ideas have been seminal for me for nearly 15 years in my post graduate studies and ministry of peacemaking and serving as a pastor. I welcome your thoughts and questions in the comments section below. Thanks kindly, Andy   Final Project Dissertation Proposal Worldly Holiness: Recovering a Missional Spirituality for Our…

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The Stakes are High–reflections from Miroslav Volf’s new Book on Allah

I’ve just been grabbed by Miroslav Volf’s new title. Allah: A Christian Response. He mentions in his introduction that Muslims and Christians together comprise more than half of the world’s population. Furthermore, most scholars agree that both these religions will continue to grow in numbers in the near future. He penned the following words before the upheaval in the Middle East so I’d say Volf is incredibly prophetic as well. He writes, “equally significant, as the democratic ideal spreads…

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Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, originally uploaded by papalars. This mosque is as impressive as it's data sheet indicates. I had read about the numbers before we traveled to Casablanca but nothing on paper can quite capture the sense of the immensity of this structure. Our little group of 5 went to visit the mosque on a Sunday and I took something like 165 pictures. Thanks for the digital revolution. Then I did something foolish. Never before had I…

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Horse Taxi in Fez Medina

Horse Taxi in Fez Medina, originally uploaded by papalars. What in the world is a medina? You may have heard about Medina, the city in Saudi Arabia where the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad lies. That Medina figures large in the early history of Islam. Did you know, however that it is also the design of many of the ancient cities across North Africa that speaks of the footprint of the advance of Islam across this region in the…

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Maghreb Flag

This is a reference piece from Wikipedia to set the context for part of my story in the other post above.  The Maghreb (المغرب العربي al-MaÄ¡rib al-Ê¿ArabÄ«; also rendered Maghrib (or rarely Moghreb), meaning "place of sunset" or "western" in Arabic, is the region of Africa north of the Sahara Desert and west of the Nile — specifically, coinciding with the Atlas Mountains. Geopolitically, the area includes Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, Western Sahara, and sometimes Mauritania, which is…

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