How to Prepare your Congregation for a Transition? A Healthy Transition Tells More than Just the Health of a Church and Its Leadership.
PART 1 I have recently accepted the call to be the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Metuchen, NJ. It has been over a decade now that I […]Continue reading
Erdogan’s Turkey Is Following Path of Zia’s Pakistan
Note: This article by Dr. Alfonse Javed was originally published in Providence Magazine on December 2, 2020. Islamist terrorists have struck Europe again. The attack in Vienna, Austria, following the […]Continue reading
Are You Islamophobic or a Realist?
In the United States the term Islamophobia was popularized by political forces in the aftermath of 9/11. In a way, the terms owes it existence and fame to the 19 Islamists from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Lebanon who struck fear into the hearts of Americans on 9/11 while at the same time creating confusion about Islam and division among Muslims. At home, in order to eliminate the fear of Islam, two tools were acquired mostly by the political forces within the U.S. to protect Muslims in America.Continue reading
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine.
Clay Jensen doesn't know why Hannah Baker committed suicide, but he's about to find out. Before she died, Hannah recorded a set of cassette tapes, one side for each of the 13 reasons she chose to take her life. Each reason relates to a person. Each of those 13 people must listen to her tapes, then pass the set on to the next person. And Clay is one of them. When the tapes arrive in the mail, Clay is confused. Aside from making out with Hannah at a recent party, he didn't know her well. Despite her loose reputation, he really liked her, and he would never have done anything to hurt her. Surely there was a mistake; he can't be responsible for Hannah's suicide. But Hannah has threatened that the tapes will be made public if he doesn't follow her instructions. So he pops the first tape into an old stereo system in his parents' garage.Continue reading
Dealing With Deeply Entrenched Sins by Daniel Mann
Why does our Savior abandon us to this often discouraging struggle against sin?Because we need it! An immediate victory over sin would not serve us well. Why not? We do not do well spiritually when everything is going well for us. The pagan King Nebuchadnezzar had been very proud of his accomplishments.Continue reading
Islam is Now Living Through its Dark Ages – and rebirth is not assured
It is not an exaggeration to say that Islam is now living through its proverbial dark ages. In my view, the material issue is not whether one calls for an Islamic reformation, or for a return to an original moral and humanistic Islamic tradition. The point is that as Muslims confront acts of extreme ugliness committed in their religion's name, they have no choice but to take a long pause, and to critically evaluate where things might have gone wrong. In essence, Muslims have no choice but to reengage morality in order to generate an effective social rebirth.Continue reading
Is Salvation Possible For Those Who Do Not Believe In Jesus?
Scripture gives us no such hope. Jesus did not extend this hope to the Jewish leadership of His day: “I told you that you would die in your sins, for […]Continue reading
Can God Be Omniscient Without It Negating Our Freewill?
Here is how the problem is usually stated: If God has perfect foreknowledge, He knows exactly what we will do in the future. This means that we cannot choose to […]Continue reading