Islam Through the Heart and Mind of a Convert to Orthodox Christianity, Part 2

by Kevin AllenIn this two-part interview originally appearing on Ancient Faith Radio, Kevin Allen of the "Ancient Faith Today" podcast interviewed "George" who became a Sunni Muslim at age fourteen and studied to become an Imam at a madrasa, studying the Quran, Arabic language, Islamic theology, hadith, and jurisprudence. He left Islam and became an Orthodox Christian twenty years later. Among other things, Kevin and his guest discuss Islamic theology, common misunderstandings of Christianity by Muslims, differences between "orthodox" Islam and the Nation of Islam, the true understanding and practice in Islam of slavery and jihad, and the … [Read more...]

Islam Through the Heart and Mind of a Convert to Orthodox Christianity, Part 1

 by Kevin Allen In this two-part interview originally appearing on Ancient Faith Radio, Kevin Allen of the "Ancient Faith Today" podcast interviewed "George" who became a Sunni Muslim at age fourteen and studied to become an Imam at a madrasa, studying the Quran, Arabic language, Islamic theology, hadith, and jurisprudence. He left Islam and became an Orthodox Christian twenty years later. Among other things, Kevin and his guest discuss Islamic theology, common misunderstandings of Christianity by Muslims, differences between "orthodox" Islam and the Nation of Islam, the true understanding and practice in Islam of slavery and jihad, and the … [Read more...]

Church Growth Orthodox Style

by Kevin Allen Church Growth Orthodox Style Church growth has become a buzzword in the Protestant and Evangelical Christian world. Being “evangelical” has tended to become a numbers game, and a virtual cottage industry has emerged to figure out how to grow churches. Books, seminars, research companies, seminary classes and church growth “experts” have developed strategies and marketing plans to reach demographic sub-groups like “seekers” and “post-moderns.” Churches often change or modify their approaches to accommodate these demographic groups and their perceived “needs.” I recently received an attractive, glossy postcard from a … [Read more...]

Moving Beyond the Waiting Room: Part Two

by Sean Whitted My world was literally being shaken, in a good and bad way. The bad was that I started think about what it meant for me, what my wife would think, my parents, and those close to me. Those who know me well have seen me all over the map on a number of levels, so I imagined that most would immediately think this was just another fad and not take me seriously. The good was the understanding of Orthodoxy, the theology, clicked with me. I was already groomed for it in my many years of devotion to the teaching and understanding of Dr. Dallas Willard, who was a former Southern Baptist Pastor and long time Philosophy Professor at … [Read more...]