Thursday, July 30, 2015

Evangelical Christian and Muslim clergy seek common ground

From The Christian Century-

Bob Roberts is a barbeque-loving Texan and head of a large conservative congregation outside Dallas with a mission to plant new churches around the world.

He’s the first to say that it’s sort of odd that his 30-year journey as an evangelical minister would lead him to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most prominent Muslim clerics in the world. He prays with them in their mosques, “breaks bread” with them at his home, and has become one of the leading Christian ministers of any persuasion in what he calls the fight against Islamophobia.

“I never dreamed I’d ever do anything like that—I had no desire to,” said Roberts, head of the 3,000-member NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas. On Monday (July 27), he traveled to the White House with other religious leaders to be briefed on the situation of Christians in Iran and the recent nuclear deal. “Right now the biggest challenge in fighting Islamophobia is my tribe—the evangelicals.”

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