The final part of the conference was a summary of all the main sessions, presented by Dr Dwight Swanson, Co-director of MCSCI. The main presentation was fairly short, and this 20-minute recording may be a good starter for anyone who was not able to be at the conference.
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All “Hot Topics” events will start at 18:30 and finish at 20:30 unless otherwise advertised. There will be tea, coffee and water available. Each of these events is a forum for discussion, and will be linked together to form a series – initially with one event each month. These events will
Martin Accad, Lecturer at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies in Beirut, offered the perspective of an Arab Christian on the conflicts in the Middle East. He asked us in the West to be aware of the history and geopolitical situation in our attitudes and actions, because these actions do have an effect on the Church in the Middle East, often detrimental. He presented three practical implications for the Church to keep in sight in light of the current crisis:
You can download the latest version of the schedule here: Daily schedule (web) – correct as of 11 December While all effort will be made to avoid it, the organisers reserve the right to amend session timing, content and speakers if required. Day 1 – Thursday 7th January Morning The conference
We realise that not everyone will have been able to book a place at our conference before the booking deadline – so we are extending bookings. For the first time, we are also able to give details of exactly what the various speeches and seminars will be on.
Greg Livingstone, founder of Frontiers, as well as Operation Mobilization, now living and serving in High Wycombe, spoke from his experience of fifty years of living and working among Muslims. He gave a global picture of the Church in the Muslim world (with reference to David Garrisons’ A Wind in the House of Islam) from a personal perspective. He encouraged us that ‘God is doing more than we think’, and lest we be triumphalist, ‘but also less than we hear’.
Fittingly, in the closing session Gordon Hickson, director of Mahabba in the UK, spoke to the centrality of prayer as the Christian response to Islam. Hickson described the origins of Mahabba, which is ‘love’ in Arabic, in prayer. This prayer is not simply that Muslims become believers, but it is prayer for a tenderness of heart towards Muslims, and prayer for the Church to live out the witness to Christ.