Book Review: The Qur’an and the Christian

Matthew Aaron Bennet’s new book, The Qur’an and the Christian is a must have for any Christian’s library living in today’s culture.

Islam is taking most of the world by storm growing at alarming rates. But what do they really believe? How does that impact us as Christians? What do we need to know? That is exactly what this book seeks to answer and accomplishes that in an easy and accessible fashion.

The title is a little misleading. The book is definitely about the Qur’an but it is also about so much more than that. Bennett does an excellent job of laying out the history of Islam, including a short biography of Muhammad, as well as talking about cultural differences between the Islamic and Christian worlds.

What was surprising about the book was to find out exactly what Muslims believe about Christians, the Bible, and where we have commonalities. However, while there are some commonalities, Bennett details where our distinct differences lie as well.

Finally, he finishes the book up with whether or not Christians should read, study, and use the Qur’an in our ministry to Muslims.

Overall, the book is an excellent and accessible read. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about Islam and what Muslims believe and why. I happily give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Islam and the Gospel

I have started teaching a series on world religions to a group of teens at church and last night we focused on Islam. As I was preparing for the study I could not help but think of the horrors of 9/11 and what we have seen in the last decade with ISIS and other terror groups. And, of course, there is always the threat of what is Iran going to do with their push for nuclear weapons?

It prompted me to think about what we should do? How can we best reach Muslims for the kingdom?

I think that far too often we try to come up with creative ways to evangelize. We think of strategies, we think of programs, we think of what might be useful. What can we do to reach these people? Where should we reach them? What should we say, or better yet, what should we not say?

When we ask all of these questions, I believe it hinders our mission. It holds us back. The Bible does not instruct us to come up with all of these programs and ideas. What does the bible actually say? It says to GO. It says to teach what we have been taught. (Matthew 28:18-19)

In Scripture, we do not see them coming up with strategies, programs, materials, etc. No, we see them going out and preaching the untainted Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is what we should do. That is our calling. The Gospel is enough. I firmly believe that. We don’t need to dress it up, it will cut like a two-edged sword just as it is (Hebrews 4:12).

So let’s go. Get out of the planning rooms. Get out of the meetings. Just go and preach the Gospel!