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BreakPoint This Week: How Do We Respond to Islam?

Islam dominates the international news. But between ISIS, terrorism, and the refugee crisis, what does a Christian response look like? We welcome special guest Nabeel Qureshi to answer.

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  • Here's what's happening with the Syrian refugee crisis. As the Syrian Civil War continues and ISIS further destabilizes the Middle East, ministries like World Relief are helping the U.S. State Department resettle displaced civilians from throughout the region. Ed Stetzer details the process in Christianity Today, and explains why it's unlikely that refugees pose a threat to American national security. Above all, he writes, Christians should look at refugees from these Islamic countries not with fear, but with the love of Christ.
  • Likely ISIS gunmen kill 16 in Yemen, including nuns. The Muslim world continues to experience acts of violence so shocking, they receive worldwide attention. Recently a group gunmen stormed a retirement home founded by Mother Teresa in southern Yemen. They gunned down 16, among them Catholic nuns. ISIS is claiming responsibility for this brutal act, which even Al Qaeda has reportedly condemned.
  • Christians need to understand Islam in order to reach Muslims. Special guest Nabeel Qureshi, a convert from Islam to Christianity and speaker for Ravi Zacharias Ministries, says that most Christians in America don't really understand Islam, and explains why that's a huge problem. He's written a book chronicling his own conversion and helping followers of Jesus (particularly in the West) understand the different flavors of Islam, and how Muslims view the world. In response to the San Bernardino shooting and the well-founded fear of radical Islam it rekindled, Qureshi wrote a book explaining jihad, and revealing how Christians can counter its influence. The Islamic world is seeing historic numbers coming to faith in Christ, often through missionaries, but sometimes through supernatural encounters. Qureshi believes that if Christians take the time to explore the various schools of Islam and distinguish between peaceful Muslims and radicals, we could have an unprecedented impact for good.
  • Christians are debating church size. One megachurch pastor stepped in it this past week when he called Christians who don't attend large churches like his "so stinking selfish." Andy Stanley of Georgia's North Point Community Church quickly and sincerely apologized for his remarks. But it touched off a debate about the ideal church size. Ed Stetzer calls for charity from all sides, but points to one book that dispels misunderstandings about megachurches: Scott Thumma's "Beyond Megachurch Myths."
  • With the media attributing Donald Trump's success to evangelicals, the country is debating what "evangelical" even means. In an editorial at the Washington Post, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore says he's tired of the word "evangelical," because it's become too closely associated with what he calls the heresy of Americanism. The United States isn't the Kingdom of God, he writes, and light of what he sees as ascendant nationalism this election cycle, prefers to call himself a "gospel Christian." Ed Stetzer and others have undertaken to define precisely what "evangelical" means, and employ statistics to help rein in use and abuse of the term.

"BreakPoint This Week" is hosted by John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center, and Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of Lifeway Research.

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