During the Christmas season many take shots at the origin, meaning, and purpose of this day and post articles, videos, and arguments against or for Christmas on the internet. I thought it would be appropriate to go a little beyond the traditional stories to address the elephant in the room that is the origin of Christmas day, and to try to distinguish it from the purpose and meaning of Christmas that we celebrate as believers.
Every week, Rachel Pieh Jones, the author of Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus, writes a Good News Friday post on her blog, Do Good Better. She celebrates good things that happened in the past week to remind us that there is light amongst all the darkness.
Last Friday, I guest-wrote the Good News Friday post and shared a variety of positive stories about education, interfaith relations, and Pakistanis fighting blasphemy laws.
November is a very special month for me. Arius was born in November (he’ll be 5 this Friday), thus, this is the month that I became a father. Being a father is a privilege and great responsibility. I have learned so many things about my relationship with God the Father that I would not have learned otherwise.
At first, I didn’t want to be bothered. I didn’t want to just give him money because I wasn’t sure what he would use it on, even though he held a gas can. I just needed to finish the sermon, which of course was on loving your neighbor and showing mercy instead of judgment.
The Our Urban Voices Podcast is now streaming wherever you get your podcasts. For the first episode, I spoke with Pastor Boto Joseph of Jackson Heights Community Church about his journey from India to ministry in ‘Little India’ in Jackson Heights, Queens—the most ethnically diverse community in New York City.
A healthy transition is strongly correlated to the health of a congregation and its leadership. Further, a church’s capacity for a healthy transition can reveal more just the health of a church and its leadership. It tells how deep the congregation’s trust is in the Lord, and whether or not it is prepared to acknowledge God’s leading when a new pastor is elected.
As a first-generation Pakistani immigrant in the US, I knew I would need more than the usual qualifications and experience necessary if I was to pursue a Baptist senior pastorate, especially during a global pandemic. What I needed was a miracle—the hand of God in action.
Imran Khan’s government is intentionally distancing Pakistan from its traditional allies, Saudi Arabia and the United States, in favor of Turkey and China. But replacing the United States with China is premature.
At long last, I’m excited to announce the new podcast launch date! The first episode will be available the early morning of Tuesday, November 2.
The Kingdom people, followers of Christ who submit to the authority of God’s Word, should never show favoritism in the church. This raises the question: what about those who are outside the church? Well, we may want to answer this with another question: is our God impartial to everyone or only to those who are members of God’s household?
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