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ARTICLES

Power Ministry in Folk Islam (217-224)

Using biblical text as base for missionary approach especially the part in which it is

good to work in group. Prayer is something more than essential and the author emphasizes it.

Particularly healing, signs of wonders and demon exorcism; though the latter is not the main

priority unfortunately our western society forgets its role in evangelism. It is interesting the focus

on teaching, prayer rather than strategies and only demonstrations of power.

I do not believe working with diverse Christians views that are different among

themselves, such as catholic or orthodox churches.

Diversity among Muslim: an analysis (129-140)

The text gives a panoramic view of the Muslim historical background tackling the major

disparities among the Islamic faith. It was particularly enlightening to comprehend that there are

great differences regarding Islam, though they try to affirm contrary. The author also focuses on

how Islam is politically related. Unfortunately, the author uses some expressions that are not so

charitable such as bizarre

The Gospel for Shame Cultures: Have we failed to reach Muslims at their point of

deepest insecurity? (Bruce Thomas) (pages 226-231)

This article was actually relevant specifically in the part where Muslims are not so

aware of sin as much as being in a state of defilement. Though it is a little bit complicated to take

sin (inward mainly) lighter than social shame (by exercising external rituals). The article speaks

a lot of uncleanness, but forgets to discuss the time where the whole concept of sin per se should
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be discussed and how it should be rather than just stating everything as

shame/defilement/uncleanness.

Sharing our faith with Muslims (323-326)

I believe there must be respect as the author says, nevertheless there is not one biblical

example in dealing with false prophets in a politically correct way. We should not engage

primarily in personal attacks, but to put yourself in the Muslim place does not seem correct.

The Bible describes false prophets as anti-Christ not as liberators or loving people. The Islam

god is not the God of the Bible, though trough general revelation there are some notions of truths

it is not complete and final. But the author correctly points out the need to look at Muslims as

human beings not only regarding his religion; depending in the Holy Spirit for a their real

encounter with God.

Mysticism: Escape from the law (233-236)

The article is regarding the origin of the sufism among Islam, basically a charismatic

movement. It is interesting that the movement grew despite its diversion from orthodox

teachings. I believe it suggests how people seek experience with the divine. The author suggests

that music and singing will lead people to Christ which is a bit odd.

How Islam Sees itself (Warren Larson) (pages 33-39)

This article talks about the most exceptional means of reaching Muslims: prayer. Larson

says that there are four levels of revival through prayer and usually happen in crucial times in

Bible. The stories are heart touching and reveal a true necessity that is so neglected. We often
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take things into our own hands and think about strategies. Yet these ideas come only when we

have our minds set in God. It was also important that he showed the danger of listening to any

spirit or dream, that we must test them because the Bible tells us so. He gave examples of the

Mormons leader who had a dream about God with a new kind of Gospel. Maybe the last page in

trying to claim as a promise conversions might seem a little bit off. The Bible does not promise

us conversions, that comes only from above.

BOOK

Missiological Models in Ministry to Muslims, Sam Schlorff

The book is brilliant in exposing the historical approaches to Muslims. The author

begins with exposing the many ways throughout time that Christians reached out. There were

many conflicts from one pendulum of being extremely aggressive to liberal as the WCC.

Schlorff did not hinder the negative and positives aspects of the various approaches. In fact, he

disagrees with the modern missiological C5 method. He also disagrees with synthesis and

misuse of certain passages to try to approach Islam in a common ground with Christianity. He is

correct by stating the misuse of 1 Corinthians 9.22 or John 1.1. At the end of the book he

presents a new way of approaching Islam that, in his opinion, is correct with Scriptures and the

Islamic culture.

I appreciate that the author did not blame some of the fails in reaching Muslims to

western extractionism only. Schlorff shows that the Islamic political ideals, power, worldview

and the way church planters respond (sometimes protecting themselves) also contributes to that

issue. He suggests proper contextualization in addition to that an attempt to minimize the

suffering of a MBB by helping them to adapt. The only critique I have is regarding page 135-36
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says that the believing community serves as an interpretation to the text. Christianity believes

that Bible interpret itself, though the fathers and reformers can help understand the text we do

not find it changeable to its interpretation throughout history. It would be unbiblical and at least

unorthodox to do so.