We have been engaging in a very important conversation here at the Catch. It’s a conversation that is drawing together east and west — millennial and boomer — in some very exciting ways. It is a conversation that I believe holds a kernel of prophetic proportions to come.
It all started with the firing of a tenured professor at my alma mater, Wheaton College, for a Facebook post in which she stated that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. That prompted me to write a Catch on the subject titled “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the same God?“
On Tuesday night we followed that up with a BlogTalkRadio panel discussion by the same title with Tim Gilman, a frequent visitor to Palestine and very familiar with Muslim/Christian relations, Wayne Bridegroom, pastor of a multi-cultural ministry in Modesto, California, and two students from Wheaton College who know, love and respect Dr. Larycia Hawkins, the professor who lost her job: Maryam Bighash and Andrew Shadid.
The resulting conversation will define the issues, unpack the question and its ramifications and point to potential healing. One listener stated, “The young people articulated their thoughts well and made me pause and think and pray about some of my pre-conceived notions.” A statement like that tells us we are doing our job.
Don’t miss this very important conversation.
And don’t miss next week when we will have Dr. Safi Kaskas, a passionate Muslim follower of Jesus, and Dr. David Hungerford, a passionate Christian follower of Jesus, who have just completed a five-year project translating the Qur’an into contemporary English complete with over 3,000 cross-references to the Bible.