Can Jesus followers still call themselves Muslim?

Can followers of Jesus from a Muslim background continue to call themselves Muslims? This post will explore whether one's Muslim identity as a Christ follower is an ongoing permanent identity or is simply a transitional phase as the believer matures.  Many Insider Movement advocates see the retention of one's socio-religious identity as permanent (see Rebecca …

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Can we call Muhammad a Prophet?

Insider movement advocates discuss the appropriateness of converts saying the Shahada which identifies Muhammad as God's prophet. There is not a consensus on this point. Yet saying the Shahada is part of Muslim identity.  Is there any way that we can refer to Muhammad as God's prophet without compromising the authority of the Bible? In …

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Review of Paul Hiebert’s Transforming Worldviews

Transforming Worldviews: An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change is variously described as "the capstone of Paul Hiebert's work", "Hiebert at his best!", and "mission anthropology at its best." (from the back cover). A. Scott Moreau writes, "For the first time, all of his major missiological insights - from set theory in church growth to …

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The Kingdom of God paradigm and Insider Movements

In our ongoing discussion of Insider Movements, we turn now to the question of what implications an understanding of the Kingdom of God might have for insider movements. In chapter 20 of Understanding Insider Movements, Anthony Taylor prefers the "Kingdom of God" paradigm over the "conflict of religions" paradigm. He writes: An alternative to the 'conflict …

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What is the Biblical Support for Insider Movements?

Part 3 of Understanding Insider Movements begins: Are insider movements biblical? Or are they merely a missiological strategy with scant theological legitimacy, as some critics assert? (Kindle loc. 4234) This part of UIM contains a dozen biblical and theological studies that advocates of insider movements believe form the biblical foundation for insider movements. Frankly, I'm not convinced. …

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Insider Movements: Other Religions

The term 'religion' is a hot topic of debate in the literature on Insider Movements. Some even question whether it is a meaningful concept. In this post we will explore three questions: "What is religion?", "What is the source of non-Christian religions?" and "Is God at work in non-Christian religions?" What is "religion"? In Understanding …

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Insider Movements: Understanding the Issues

"Over the past fifteen years missiologists have produced a massive amount of literature related to the contextualization debate surrounding the proposals of Insider Movement proponents." So begins J. Henry Wolfe in his article, "The Development of the Insider Movement Paradigm" (published July 2015, http://www.GlobalMissiology.org). I have tried to digest a good portion of that material …

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