Understanding the strength and unity of the ummahâ€”the worldwide Muslim communityâ€”and its role in an individualâ€™s identity is essential in comprehending the struggles that Muslims undergo as they turn to faith in Jesus Christ. It has been a place of security, acceptance, protection, and identity; turning away from it entails great sacrifice. Where, then, will Muslims who choose to follow Jesus find their longing for community fulfilled: ummah, church, or somewhere in between?
Longing for Community compiles the research and reflection of twenty missiologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and linguists (incl. Bob Fish, Tim Green, Mary McVicker, Nicole Ravelo-HoÃ«rson, Farida Saidi, J. Dudley Woodberry)â€”among them Muslims who have become believers in Jesus Christâ€”presented at the second 'Coming to Faith Consultation' in February 2010.
The contributors explore the multiple levels and hybrid nature of social identity, pointing to the need to free our discussions from single-dimensional scales, which are far from adequate to describe the complex nature of conversion and lived-out faith. Beyond the issue of identity, the contributors offer important lessons from mission history, explore liturgy as an appropriate vehicle for teaching, discuss appropriate means of communication, and point to both the need and contextually appropriate possibilities of greater involvement of women in training and ministry.
An excellent presentation of how to achieve a proper balance between sociological and spiritual realities within the challenge of outreach to Muslims. The concept of â€œUmmahâ€ (community) is explored and suggestions made on how to integrate believers into a new grouping that preserves biblical integrity while not denouncing Muslim culture and life. A valuable resource for practitioners on the front lines. --Phil Parshall, SIM, Missionary at Large
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Introduction: Transformed in Christ
-- Section 1: "Understanding the Complexity of Conversion"
Chapter 2: Fuzzy Thinking and the Conversion Process (David Radford)
Chapter 3: Relationships, Emotion, Doctrine, Intellectâ€”and All That Follows (Kathryn Kraft)
Chapter 4: Refusing to Choose: Multiple Belonging among Arab Followers of Christ (Jens Barnett)
Chapter 5: Living a Pun: Cultural Hybridity among Arab Followers of Christ (Jens Barnett)
Chapter 6: Conversion in the Light of Identity Theories (Tim Green)
Chapter 7: Identity Choices at the Border Zone (Tim Green)
-- Section 2: "Culture, Community, and Coming to Faith in Christ"
Chapter 8: The Ummah and Christian Community (Sufyan Baig)
Chapter 9: Patronage, Salvation, and Being Joined with Jesus: Socio-anthropological Insights from South Asia (Colin Edwards)
Chapter 10: "Us" or "Me"? Modernization and Social Networks among Chinaâ€™s Urban Hui
Enoch J. Kim
Chapter 11: Knowing but Not Confessing: Attitudes of Youth in Baku who have Heard the Good News (Russell Eleazar)
Chapter 12: Sharing the Truth with Courtesy and Respect for all Cultures (Rick Brown)
Chapter 13: Getting to the Source of Guilt, Fear, and Shame: Innocence, Security and Honor in the Muslim Context (L. R. Burke)
Chapter 14: Areas of Change in the Conversion Processes of East African Muslims (Reinhold Straehler)
-- Section 3: "Lessons to Foster Fruit and Growth."
Chapter 15: Fruitfulness from the Perspective of the Fruit and the Farmer (J. Dudley Woodberry)
Chapter 16: Mission: Imitation of Christ (Jean-Marie Gaudeul)
Chapter 17: Nestorians, Conversion, and Mission on the Early Silk Road (Jihan Paik)
Chapter 18: The Anotoc Story, Continued: Group Dynamics within an Insider Movement (John Kim)
Chapter 19: The â€œDisconnectâ€ in The Discipleship of South Asian Women: Socio-cultural and Religious Barriers among Muslim Background Believers (Karen Scott)
Chapter 20: Women's Gatherings and Leadership (Mary Davidson)
Chapter 21: Liturgy to Focus Mind and Heart: Fostering Spiritual Growth among Muslim Seekers (Ruth Nicholls)
Chapter 22: Against Winds and Waves: The Countercultural Movement of a Turk and the Turkish Protestant Church (James Bultema)
Chapter 23: Concluding Reflections (David Smith)
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