Vulnerable Love: Islam, the Church and the Triune God

Vulnerable Love: Islam, the Church and the Triune God

by Bernhard J. G. Reitsma

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All too often, a Christian response to Islam is rooted in antagonism and steeped in defensiveness and fear. Yet the church is not called to engage in a battle with Islam in order to conquer Muslims, and when we, as Christians, wield apologetics like a weapon and shroud the message of Christ’s sacrifice in the armour of polemics, we destroy the credibility of our witness even as we seek to save the lost. Bernhard Reitsma invites the church to rediscover a Christ-like approach to Islam – an approach that roots itself in love, vulnerability, and fearless embrace. Far from ignoring the complex challenges faced by Christians living in Muslim-majority nations – or in Western countries where Islam is on the rise – Reitsma addresses practical concerns such as persecution, political power, the nation of Israel, and contextualization, all within a thoroughly biblical and Christ-centered framework. Reitsma reminds us that the church’s calling is not to defend Christendom but to reveal the glory of Christ. To that end, let us lay down our weapons, take off our armour, and introduce our Muslim brothers and sisters to the vulnerable, unconditional love of Christ.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781839730016
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 07/31/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Abbreviations
    1. Exploration

  4. Part I: Framework for Thinking Biblically about the Church and Islam
    1. The Triune God and the Secret of Creation
    2. The Triune God and the Secret of the New Creation

  5. Part II: Islam
    1. God or Allah?
    2. God, the Holy Spirit, and Experiences of God/god in Islam

  6. Part III: The Church
    1. The Church and the Kingdom of Christ
    2. The Church and the People of Israel
    3. The Church and the Context of Islam
    4. The Church and Persecution in the Context of Islam

  7. Part IV: The Church and Islam
    1. Vulnerable Love

  8. Bibliography
  9. Index

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