A Messianic Pastor from Israel writes a response to “Christian Leaders Invite Muslims to Love God, Neighbors”. We publish it here:
This Sunday some of us are going to Bethlehem to worship with Arab brothers and sisters in the joy of our God. Next weekend our congregation (actually the Lord Yeshua's congregation) will be host to over 40 teenagers from that same area. Today happens to be the shortest day of the year, when the light of day in the darkest of seasons is at its briefest in this part of the globe. A little light can dispel even more darkness; how much more the sun the blackness of night; how much more even does the Light which is the Word of God, and who is Himself the Lord Jesus Christ, dispel the darkness of lies!
Howard Bass, Special for Come and See. Written in Dec 21, 2007
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November 19, 20074163 readsThe following is an article by Dr. Salim Munayer on the role of Christians in Peace-Making. Salim is the Director of Musalaha, a non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Salim wrote this article in response to an email from a Christian group urging all believers to speak out against the upcoming peace conference to be held at Annapolis
Salim Munayer, Special For "Come and See", November 19, 2007
November 13, 20078036 readsThe Jerusalem Post Christian Edition is sponsored by the “International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem”. It came under fire from one of its readers for publishing an article by Rev. Alex Awad, a Palestinian pastor from Jerusalem.
In an article titled “Stop Deportation of Friends”, Rev. Awad speaks about the way the Israeli establishment treats Christian workers in Israel who come to Israel to do good. The following is the angry letter sent by Wallace L. Cooper from Arizona to the editor of the Jerusalem Post Christian Edition and Rev. Awad’s response to the allegations.
Special For "Come and See", Nov 13, 2007
November 07, 20077729 readsThe online bulletin board posted on the ‘Come and See’ website provides a forum for debate. One dispute of particular interest that arose over the weeks following Rami Ayyad’s martyrdom in Gaza. This dispute erupted mainly between three people using the names ‘Jim’ (From the “International Christian Embassy” in Jerusalem, and ‘Khaleel’, and ‘Safa’ (Who introduced themselves as Palestinian Christians) and centered around the on-going tension between Christian Zionists from one side and Palestinian Christians from another side. Below is a record of the conversation.
Special For Come and See
October 10, 20074181 readsToday I wept. I had just read these words in the Jerusalem Post: “The sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened. There are 50 million Christians standing up and applauding the State of Israel.” This was written by Pastor John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel.
Does Pastor Hagee count me in that number? Through my tears I realized that American Christians have made the state of Israel an idol. I shuddered at the reference to Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East.”
Steve Steiner, Special For "Come and See", October 10, 2007
October 02, 20076028 readsThis summer, Pastor Alex Awad from East Jerusalem’s Baptist Church lost a lamb from his flock. Linda Finamore, a volunteering teacher at the ‘Jerusalem School’ in Bethlehem for the past eight years, was denied access to re-enter Israel after her summer vacation in the US. But why does Israel turn its back on good-doers?
By Maria Hjort, Special For "Come and See", Oct 2, 2007
August 08, 20073503 readsSince 1993, Dr. Richard J. Mouw has been the President of Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the leading seminaries in the world. He has been one of the evangelical leaders who signed the letter sent to president George W. Bush supporting a two state solution for Israel/Palestine.
Dr. Mouw writes in his blog the reasons behind his support for this solution by asking this theological question: "How do you understand, theologically, the Palestinian Christians, and what are God’s promises to them?"
Mouw's Musings, The President's blog, Aug 7, 2007
April 02, 20073211 readsWhile Jews prepare to celebrate their exodus from Egypt today, former Knesset Member Yossi Sarid writes a provocative article in Haaretz, comparing the struggle of the Jews for freedom from Pharaoh, to the current struggle of the Palestinians for freedom.
"If the leadership of Moses was based on a great vision of saving a nation from its oppressors, the leadership of Pharaoh was based on a petty accounting of how to profit from the enslavement of another nation"
Yossi Sarid, April 2, 2007, Haaretz
March 06, 20073102 readsJihad and suicide bombers, Osama bin Laden and terrorism: That image of Islam, prevalent in the West, may not be representative of the majority of Muslims in the world.
But neither is it a false image, says Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, an expert on Christian-Islamic relations who currently serves as eparch of the Melkite Diocese of Newton, Mass., and spiritual leader of all the Melkite Catholics in the United States.
While visiting the Melkite communities in Miami and Delray Beach at the beginning of March, he spoke at St. Thomas University on the "clash of civilizations" between Islam and Christianity.
By Ana Rodriguez-Soto, Miami Gardens, March 5, 2007