December 21, 2017

The US Embassy in Jerusalem: What’s the Big Deal? السفارة الأمريكية في القدس: ما الخطب في ذلك؟

By Mike Kuhn* For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not […]
November 9, 2017

A Modest Proposal for Changing the World اقتراح متواضع لتغيير العالم

By Mike Kuhn While traveling recently through North America, it struck me frequently that normal Christian folk are increasingly face-to-face with people of other faiths, especially Muslims but also with Hindus, Buddhists and others. I watched Somali women line up for childcare outside a center in Seattle, WA. Syrians were […]
June 8, 2017

Getting the Trinity out of the Ivory Tower

By Mike Kuhn Are there any “ivory tower theologians” out there? I’ve never seen an ivory tower…and I suppose that’s the point. Ivory tower theologians are presumably dealing with things nobody cares about, things that make no practical difference in day to day life. I remember chuckling at “Owl” as […]
February 16, 2017

The US Immigration Ban: A View from the Kingdom

By Mike Kuhn Thus the so-called outsiders are really only “insiders” who have not yet understood and apprehended themselves as such. (Karl Barth, ”The Humanity of God”) “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” (Engraved on the […]
October 20, 2016

The Commodification of Mission in the Muslim World

By Mike Kuhn A commodity—something that is bought and sold. Mission—the loving and joyful response of Christ’s followers to disciple the nations, holding forth Jesus’ life and teaching among all the peoples of the world. In theory the two appear to be very distinct concepts. In reality, mission is intricately […]
June 15, 2016

Takfīr and Church Unity: A Lesson from an Unlikely Source

 by Mike Kuhn A new word keeps showing up in the news describing radical Islamic groups—takfīr.  It’s the English transliteration of an Arabic word that means “to anathematize” or “to declare someone apostate or an infidel.” The ideology of takfīrī groups (e.g. ISIS, al-Qaeda, etc.) draws a very tight circle […]
March 23, 2016

The Seduction of Binary Thinking

by Mike Kuhn “Perhaps what is outside is also somehow inside, what is alien also intimate.“ (Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction)[1] “There are two kinds of people in the world…”  That’s the opener.  Then a clever, self-appointed guru proceeds to divide the entire population of the world (7.4 billion […]
January 21, 2016

Rethinking Hospitality: Pondering the Sexual Harassment Scandal in Germany

By Mike Kuhn [1]   Not that long ago, German Chancellor Merkel made news by flinging the door open to immigrants seeking refuge from the Syrian war and the pandemonium unleashed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  In an ironic twist, the sexual harassment fiasco of Cologne (also Stuttgart and […]