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Muslim Conversions to Christ


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Contributors - R. Albert Mohler, Jr.: Foreword - Ayman S. Ibrahim and Ant Greenham: Preface - Part I - Brent Neely: The Patriarch and the Insider Movement: Debating Timothy I, Muhammad, and the Qur'an - Part II - Bill Nikides: Building a Missiological Foundation: Modality and Sodality - James Walker: Why the Church Cannot Accept Muhammad as a Prophet - Harley Talman: Muslim Followers of Jesus, Muhammad and the Qur'an - Ayman S. Ibrahim: Who Makes the Qur'an Valid and Valuable for Insiders? Critical Reflections on Harley Talman's Views on the Qur'an - Al Fadi: Biblical Salvation in Islam? The Pitfalls of Using the Qur'an as a Bridge to the Gospel - Joshua Fletcher: Insider Movements: Sociologically and Theologically Incoherent - Kevin Higgins: The Biblical Basis for Insider Movements: Asking the Right Question, in the Right Way - Fred Farrokh: The New Testament Record: No Sign of Zeus Insiders, Artemis Insiders, or Unknown-God Insiders - Ant Greenham: Communal Solidarity versus Brotherhood in the New Testament - Mark Durie: Messianic Judaism and Deliverance from the Two Covenants of Islam - Duane Alexander Miller: Word Games in Asia Minor - Donald Lowe: "Son of God" in Muslim Idiom Translations of Scripture - Mike Kuhn: Tawhid: Implications for Discipleship in the Muslim Context - M. Barrett Fisher: A Practical Look at Discipleship and the Qur'an Part III - Paige Patterson: Essential Inside Information on the Insider Movement - M. David Sills: A Response to Insider Movement Methodology - George H. Martin: Silver Bullets, Ducks, and the Gospel Ministry: Should We Seek One Best Solution for Winning People to Christ? - Timothy K. Beougher: Radical Discipleship and Faithful Witness - Georges Houssney: Watching the Insider Movement Unfold - James Cha: The Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment - Don McCurry: Opening the Door: Moving from the Qur'an to New Testament Anointing - Carol B. Ghattas: The Insider Movement: Is This What Christ Requires? - Abu Jaz: Our Believing Community Is a Cultural Insider but Theological Outsider (CITO) - Weam Iskander: Question Marks on Contextualization! - Ahmad Abdo: A BMB's Identity Is in Christ, Not Islam - Azar Ajaj: Let Their Voice Be Heard - Ali Boualou: A Former Muslim Comments on the Insider Movement - Mohammad Sanavi: The Insider Movement and Iranian Muslims - Richard Morgan: A Disturbing Field Report - Daniel L. Akin: The Insider Movement and Life in a Local Body of Believers: An Impossible Union from the Start - David Harriman: Epilogue: Force Majeure: Ethics and Encounters in an Era of Extreme Contextualization - Adam Simnowitz: Appendix: Do Muslim Idiom Translations Islamize the Bible? A Glimpse behind the Veil - Index.

About the Author

Ayman S. Ibrahim, Ph.D., was born and raised in Egypt. He is currently working on his second Ph.D. at the University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, examining conversions to Islam in the earliest Muslim period. In addition, he is the Bill and Connie Jenkins Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Seminary and director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam.

Ant Greenham earned his Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004. He continues to teach there in the capacity of Associate Professor of Missions and Islamic Studies. He received Southeastern's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017 and published The Questioning God in 2012.


"Every Christian is called to take the Great Commission seriously and to be about the business of making disciples of Jesus Christ. As we seek to reach the nations for Jesus, reaching those from a Muslim background is challenging work. Knowing how best to present the gospel in Muslim contexts, and how best to lead those converted to Christ out of Islam and into Christianity is often harder still. Complicating matters even more are confusing and compromising approaches to Muslim evangelism that dilute the pure message of the gospel and minimize the great differences between Christianity and Islam. Nothing more than the message of the gospel and the eternal souls of men are at stake, and that's why I'm grateful for Ayman S. Ibrahim and Ant Greenham and their compelling book, "Muslim Conversions to Christ". All who love their Muslim neighbors and care about fulfilling the Great Commission will find this book helpful." Jason K. Allen, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary & College
"As Egyptian believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are deeply concerned by the so-called Insider Movement approach to evangelism. I am thus pleased to give this timely volume, "Muslim Conversions to Christ", my highest recommendation." Sameh Maurice, Senior Pastor of Kasr Dobara Evangelical Church, Cairo, Egypt
"Few movements in Christian mission are as controversial and as dangerous as the Insider Movement, especially as it relates to the evangelization of Muslims. Its two most grievous sins-its mishandling of Scripture at many points and its insensitive trampling of the insight and experience of Muslim Background Believers-result in inflated statistics, spurious conversions, and fractured churches. This book is now the best treatment of the subject." D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"At Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples our mission focuses on equipping the church to reach Muslims with the full truth about Jesus. We rejoice that God is moving in unprecedented ways in Muslim contexts. More than ever before, Muslims are accepting Christ as Savior and Lord! Many converts face discrimination and intense persecution. Insider Movement (IM) proponents often unnecessarily encourage new converts to retain their Muslim identity, while unwittingly embracing syncretistic practices. Unbiblical elements of the IM hinder the bold and clear proclamation of the gospel, and stymie healthy spiritual growth in the new convert. "Muslim Conversions to Christ" provides biblical clarity in response to erroneous practices promoted by the IM. This book is a must-read for all who have a stake in the Great Commission, including leaders, students and laity." Mark Brink, Director, Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples
"This is a much needed book for which I am most thankful. As I look at missions work around the world, I see constant temptations to dilute the gospel, conversion, and the church in order to supposedly reach more people for Christ. Even with the best of motives, we are prone to malign the truth of Christ and minimize the call of Christ in ways that defame the name of Christ. Such tendencies often seem so subtle, yet they are extremely significant. For this reason, if you are involved at any level in proclaiming Christ among Muslims, I urge you to read this book." David Platt, President, The International Mission Board

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