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Author Arthur Brown

Arthur Brown is the BMS World Mission Regional Leader for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and former BMS youth and theological worker based in Lebanon, working with a Christian theological seminary regularly dialoguing with Islamic scholars.

How might we share our faith with Muslims in an ethical way? Consider these five thoughts; one or more of them might start or further a conversation to help you do just that. […] Read More

When sharing your faith with Muslims, taking the position of ‘loving Muslims’ while ‘hating Islam’ is not a healthy starting point. So where do you begin? […] Read More

Fear, it seems to me, has always been a dominant force – perhaps one of the most powerful motivating factors in many of our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. Even for those of us professing faith in Christ – whose love we are told “drives out fear” – there are many things that we fear, if […] Read More

What do you believe? How do you decide what you believe? Is it because you read it somewhere, someone you know and trust told it to you, or you witnessed or experienced something that led you to draw a particular conclusion? And, how do you determine the “sources of authority” from which you are more […] Read More

There is no shortage of fear in this world, and of course no shortage of things to be fearful of. Given recent comments by a well-known U.S. evangelical Christian leader, Franklin Graham, concerning his views on Islam and Muslims – and how he feels his country should respond to it/them – it seems there is […] Read More

Many young people from the region of Lebanon joining ISIS come from impoverished and desperate circumstances. They are uneducated and have suffered under local and regional security apparatuses, especially those of the Syrian regime during its occupation of Lebanon. Anger and resentment toward both the Lebanese and Syrian authorities run deep; hostilities regularly flare up. […] Read More

Jesus’ teaching to love your enemy continues to confound the majority of humanity – even those who claim to follow Jesus. Throughout history, societies and nations generally depersonalize the enemy, categorizing them as “other,” representing all things evil and in opposition to their own values and identities. It is easy to do this with ISIS, […] Read More

Like many concerned with the news in and around Lebanon, I receive regular updates from The Daily Star, one of the English language news providers in Lebanon. Almost daily, I receive, via my phone, a brief news feed with updates on the latest roadside blast, suicide bomber or government attack, along with the fatality and […] Read More

The hashtag #bringbackourgirls has become a Twitter phenomenon in response to Boko Haram’s kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls. I asked three Muslim religious leaders and experts in Islamic jurisprudence from Lebanon to share their reactions to Boko Haram. In addition to discussing the group’s possible plan to sell the Nigerian girls into slavery or forced marriage, […] Read More

The kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school by the Islamist group Boko Haram has shocked the world. I asked three Muslim religious leaders and experts in Islamic jurisprudence from Lebanon to share their reactions. The group responsible for the kidnappings, officially “JamÄ’at ahl as-sunnah li-d-da’wa wa-l-jihÄd” (“The Congregation of the People […] Read More