* Tuesday, April 21.
Wow. Across three days and meeting in total for 25 hours with seven meals, about 65 Muslim and Evangelical leaders met in Pasadena, Calif., to discuss a wide range of topics.
Don Wagner, a leader in this initiative and a professor at North Park University, at the end exclaimed, "The Holy Spirit has been present with us!." True confessions, he's right. Yes, Islam teaches about the Holy Spirit, not as a person, but as God's active force. (Yeah, we disagree on that one too.)
In summary, here are my three take-aways from this event:
– The person of Jesus and our relationship with him must be central to discussions between Muslims and evangelicals.
– Evangelical advocacy for religious freedom worldwide is best positioned when it is clearly linked to the benefit of religious freedom for all faiths, not just for Christians.
– Religious labeling of all kinds is hazardous to our spiritual health.
* Friday, April 17, 10 pm, update
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