Communicating Jesus to Our Muslim Neighbors

By The Rev. Chris Royer On a packed, beat-up bus, filled with smoke, deep in the heart of an Islamic nation, I was chatting with my new-found friend, who me told me that though his mom and dad were Muslims, he'd didn't really believe it anymore. After a few more minutes of conversing, the bus stopped abruptly-- no gas station, no rest stop, nothing in sight.  What followed absolutely amazed me.  Every single man got off the bus, spread out in two lines on the frozen dirt of the high … [Read more...]

Hear My People’s Cry: “Islam Needs Gospel of Peace”

By The Very Rev. Canon Patrick P. Augustine, D.Min, DD., AFM Board Member Christ Episcopal Church, La Crosse, WI Today’s mail brought me a passionate plea from the Vicar of Baghdad, Rev. Andrew White. He wrote, “I’m almost in tears because I’ve just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half. I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me – he was called Andrew.” We mourn for the persecuted Christians in Iraq and … [Read more...]

Anglican Thomas Cranmer and Mission

A friend of mine, Ashley Null, spent most of his life researching Thomas Cranmer, the author of the original Anglican Prayer Book.  Ashley recently wrote a manuscript about Cranmer that highlights two themes relevant to missions. I’ll call them Bible-chewing and ethnic worship. Bible-chewing can nurture a right desire for God. It’s the key to spiritual renewal. To quote Cranmer, ‘In these bokes we may learne to know our selfes, how vile and miserable we be, and also to know God, how good he … [Read more...]

Bridging the Gap and Bringing Light

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The recommended collect from the Book of Common Prayer for Advent, “Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light, ” may sound like quaint, religious gobbledygook to many that might make us feel good, but lacks any power to change us. However, I believe it describes a reality for those who have  never heard that Jesus is the Light of the World. Recently, I heard the story of an American pastor who had a dream about a bridge. He asked his assistant … [Read more...]

What happened to the devil?

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“What happened to the Devil, you know? He used to be all over the place. He used to be all over the New Testament.” Justice Antonin Scalia commented last month in a New York Times Magazine interview. “So what happened to him?” His interviewer asked. “He just got wilier.” Here’s what intrigued me. Justice Scalia was offended that the journalist thought he was weird believing in the Devil. His response is worth quoting: “Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in … [Read more...]

Power Keys


“Yes, I held one of the four keys needed”, my new friend told me over lunch recently in Newport News, VA. “There were four of us US Air Force officers who each held a key. We only had a limited time to turn our key so that we were in sync with one another.”  His key could launch 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) within a range of 3,500+ miles. That was during the Cold War when he was posted to North Dakota. He found it both a terrifying and boring assignment. Each missile contained … [Read more...]

What my African teacher taught me

Kwame Bediako is from the West African country of Ghana. He is a Christian I never met, but he’s helping me understand Africa through his book  Jesus and the Gospel in Africa  (2004). This week Kwame taught me about traditional African thinking.  There’s a big question for many people who live within traditional, tribal communities in relation to the gospel: Why should we be concerned with Jesus if he’s not from my tribe, from my clan or my language group? We revere our ancestors as individuals … [Read more...]

Ears to the ground, eyes to the street


In a nutshell, that’s what our pastors have to do. Keep their ears to the ground. Know the condition of their flocks. Take care of souls. Yet, they also need to look beyond their church buildings to what’s happening on the street outside. Just this week, I heard how a U.S. pastor initiated outreach to Muslim refugees in a large metro area, but sadly this was at the expense of his parishioners. The result?  People left the church. Those who remained closed their wallets in protest. The church is … [Read more...]

The Heart of Mission

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We could say the best worshipers are those who best do missions. Or, possibly, the people who best do missions are those who worship best. If we are not worshiping Jesus Christ while we are on mission, then it is as though we are throwing out the burger and munching on a bun. If we’re not experiencing that beauty of His holiness (Psalm 96:9) individually and corporately during our mission work, then we have lost our way. A couple weeks ago, I was leading a trip to S.E.Asia to intercede for … [Read more...]

The Nigerian Story

Many in the Anglican Communion are grateful for the release of Archbishop Kattey after he was abducted by kidnappers in Nigeria. We are rejoicing too. Archbishop Kattey is not only a  fervent evangelist and national leader within the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), but is also a friend of AFM's.  He is passionate about recruiting, training and sending missionaries to unreached people groups. He  hosted a dynamic, week long frontier missions conference in Port Harcourt, June 17-21st this … [Read more...]