Western Christians’ Greatest Challenge

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Western Christians' greatest challenge
* At last someone is taking note of the recent exploding growth of the Christian faith in the non-Western world—the greatest number of new believers in all of history, by far ["Faith Without Borders," May 19]. At last someone is pointing out the amazing Third World mission movement, already equal in numbers to all missionaries from the West. I congratulate you for this well-researched article. I totally agree that the greatest challenge for Western Christians today is "learning how to enter creatively into truly equal partnerships with the Third World." That's what we have been trying to do for over fifty years. We have often felt like a voice crying in the wilderness; it's great to see our values and vision expressed on the pages of Christianity Today.

Chuck Bennett, President
Partners International
San Jose, California

* The photograph of the bowing heads and the outstretched hands in prayer on your May 19 cover is a beautiful expression of the universal message of the gospel, howbeit in cultural terms that many Christians may find uncomfortable. To be a follower of Jesus does not come easy for those who come from Muslim backgrounds, but it is gratifying to see that you recognize the possibilities that our Christian faith will be transforming, and be transformed by, non-Westerners in the days ahead.

To help your readers understand some of the complexities of the name of Jesus—Christian Arabs and their biblical literature and liturgy use the name "yasu'a," which is closer to the Yashua of the Bible than the Qur'anic name "'Isa." The message of Jesus in any language is one of salvation, and to world Muslims there is a denial that God in Jesus Christ is a Redeemer.

David Bentley Zwemer ...

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