Today we are remembering Nabeel Qureshi, a Muslim convert to Christianity, who passed away this week from stomach cancer at the age of 34. In his years as a Christ follower, Nabeel went on to study apologetics and theology, became a speaker with Ravi Zacharias Ministries, and wrote 3 books about his life, faith, and ministry to Muslims.

We’ve also invited our friend, Thomas Messick, from Crescent Project to talk with us about his ministry to Muslims and share his thoughts about Nabeel Qureshi. Thomas tells us about how he came to work with Muslims in ministry overseas and later came to work with Muslims in our community here. He shares some encouraging stories about Muslims turning to Christ.

We talk about the cost of faith for Muslims. To embrace Christ means to leave their entire way of life and to leave their family. Thomas encourages the church to step up and become the family and community that Muslim converts have lost.

Thomas talks about how Crescent Project equips Christians to reach Muslims and invites you to their upcoming national conference.

 

Nabeel Qureshi & Crescent Project Muslim Ministry | Episode 54 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

Why this Muslim-turned-Christian speaker resonated with so many before his death at 34 -Ravi Zacharias for the Washington Post

Nabeel Qureshi – Gospel Coalition

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity – by Nabeel Qureshi

No One But God: A Former Muslim Investigates the Evidence for Islam and Christianity – by Nabeel Qureshi

Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward – by Nabeel Qureshi

Crescent Project

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Today we are chatting about some current events, including the recent hurricanes, some 9/11 memories, and Mark’s birthday.

We share a few personal memories of 9/11 and talk about how church services were different the following Sunday. We reflect on how our lives are different after that day, and how events like the recent hurricanes can affect permanent change in people’s lives.

Regarding the hurricanes, Kirk Cameron said God sent the hurricanes for “humility, awe, and repentance.” In contrast, actress Jennifer Lawrence said the hurricanes are punishment from mother nature for the election of Donald Trump. We talk about sin, repentance, and the gospel, in light of natural disasters and other crises. As believers, we have to trust that God is in control and works for his glory.

Finally, we share a few suggestions for how you can help with hurricane relief.

 

Hurricanes, 9/11, & Kirk Cameron | Episode 53 | CongreGate Podcast

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Woman with Brain Cancer Who Chose Baby Instead of Chemotherapy has Died

Kirk Cameron on the Hurricanes

What is God Saying to Us?

Feed the Hunger – donate to help provide meals for hurricane relief efforts

Samaritan’s Purse – donate or volunteer to help with hurricane relief

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In this episode, we discuss how to talk to your children (and others) about transgenderism and other LGBT issues, from a Biblical perspective. We recently witnessed several young children at the playground conversing with each other about LGBT and transgender issues. It was surprising to hear that type of talk coming from children.

If we as Christians believe in the authority of scripture, then we must continue to uphold God’s created order for our identities, our marriages, and our families. How can we engage with people on this topic when they don’t embrace the Bible as the inerrant word of God?

We need to love them, while compassionately discussing the issue of identity, sin, and failure to believe who they are in Christ. This isn’t just an issue of dealing with gender confusion. It’s a sin issue. We all fail to identify with Christ when we sin, regardless of the type of sin. Helping people to understand their identity in Christ is the catalyst for change in behavior.

We encourage you to practice hospitality not only to your like-minded church friends but also to people that you may not feel as comfortable with in your home. We believe this is the way to connect with and show compassion to people that need Jesus.

 

Talking to Your Children About Transgenderism | Episode 52 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

The Nashville Statement (not mentioned in this episode, but a valuable resource)

Out of a Far Country – by Christopher Yuan

Christopher Yuan with Eric Metaxas

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Mark and Micah are back from vacation so we’re returning to dialogue about current events and culture. After several recent protests related to racial issues, we’re discussing how to talk to our children about these racial issues.

First and foremost, we must understand and teach our children how the gospel unites all people under Christ. For those with younger children, when and how do you begin to have conversations about hard topics like this?

We talk about early American history and the failure of the church to recognize racial prejudice as a theological issue. Ultimately, this is an issue of understanding our identity in Christ and dealing with the sin of racism in our hearts.

One way you might start a conversation with your older children about racial issues is by watching a movie, such as Remember the Titans, and discussing it together. Another way to help your children learn to show respect to other people is to introduce them to disabled people or people of different ethnic backgrounds in your community.

Shawn closes with some thoughts about the table of nations in Genesis and how that relates to us as New Testament believers now.

 

Talking to Your Children About Racism | Episode 51 | CongreGate Podcast

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Links and Recommendations:

Race, the Gospel, and the Moment – by Tim Keller

The FAQs: Violence and Death at a White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville – by Joe Carter for The Gospel Coalition

White Supremacy is Spiritual Bondage – Podcast with Collin Hansen and Mika Edmondson

Same Kind of Different as Me – by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

CongreGate Podcast – Colin Kaepernick

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Today, we are departing from our usual discussion of church and world events to conclude our three-part interview series. Next week we’ll be back to talk about some of the important current events that have taken place in the past couple of weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about Shawn’s work in the Navy as a submarine officer.

Shawn begins by sharing why he decided to enlist in the Navy instead of pursuing a traditional college education. He also tells the story of how he ended up in Nuclear Power School. Providentially, a couple of years into his training, he was offered a chance to become an officer through a commissioning program and spent 3 years earning a Chemistry degree at Auburn University while on active duty.

Shawn talks about some of the challenges and opportunities that came with being in the military. He shares some of the ways he was able to disciple and encourage people during his time in college and his time on the submarine. He also talks about why he left the Navy and how his leadership and teaching experiences have transferred to business and church eldership.

 

Chemistry & Submarines: An Interview with Shawn Curtis | Episode 50 | CongreGate Podcast

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An episode of Mighty Ships that was filmed while Shawn was onboard the USS Kentucky!

 

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