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Knowing God is relational

Knowing God is relational

We think in terms of relating to God in terms of knowing him. It is such a foreign concept to my friends. And yet at the same time they express…

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Praying the Lord’s Prayer

Praying the Lord’s Prayer

I heard a beautiful story centred around the power of reciting God's words. A Muslim girl in our city was sent a text message by an ex-boyfriend, who was a…

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Explaining purity

Explaining purity

I brought up how the food laws were to help set God's people apart as a 'holy' people, and how they had the ritual of circumcision as a sign for…

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Practices of faith and menses

Practices of faith and menses

I asked my friend/language helper this afternoon about what she likes about Ramadan, especially the last 10 days and what they mean to her. She spoke about the multiplication of…

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Purity is a personal story

Purity is a personal story

My mental interaction on the topic of purity gave me another dimension to relate it with the shame and guilt. Let me take you to my childhood and have a…

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Is it all about marriage for women?

Is it all about marriage for women?

From my observations in my Arab city context, women seem to grow in influence as/if she progresses through the life stages in the expected way. A girl who hits puberty…

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Trust: the reality of relationships across cultures

Trust: the reality of relationships across cultures

I’m thinking through two different aspects of trust at the moment. With a group of friends from our local neighbourhood who are are not believers my focus is how am…

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Trust: working with diaspora communities

Trust: working with diaspora communities

I’ve been thinking about trust... I have an interesting relationship with a Persian lady here on a bridging visa, with her husband and two teenage sons. She initially rang the…

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Trust

Trust

There’s a suggestion by some researchers that the more collectivist a society is, the less likely people are to trust someone who is not an insider to their group. That…

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Supernatural experiences

Supernatural experiences

What are our experiences of the supernatural as we work with our friends? Whereas the rational scientific mind refutes such experiences, perhaps even labelling them hysteria, a number of us…

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