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Samira and Firas are a Muslim couple married in August 2009.Â As I mentioned in my previous post, Iâ€™ve been watching the TLC program, Strange Sex (also available on Netflix.)Â For Firas and Samira, it was love at first sight.Â One week after meeting, Firas asked Samiraâ€™s father for permission to marry. Muslims have even […]
Many of you have read Lengthen Your Stride by Edward Kimball. Â It’s a great book in an of itself, and it includes a CD with a treasure trove of material. Â Included on the CD is a much longer version of the book, but few people read the “long version.” Â Edward Kimball and Deseret Book disagreed […]
I don’t know what to make out of Egypt. Â Everyone thinks Mubarak will step down, but he hasn’t yet. Â The protests are getting uglier. Â So will this end more like the fall of the Berlin Wall, or like Tiannamen Square? Â Will Egypt be more like Iran’s government or Turkey? Â Is democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan […]
I was driving to work this morning and saw a billboard titled “Remember 9/11″ with an image of the collapsed World Trade Center. Â In smaller print on the right, it said “”Stand up and be heard. Â No mosque at ground zero.”Â Â You can see the sign on a video at this website.
Iâ€™ve been talking about doing a post about Abraham for a long time. People often reference Abraham when talking about things like Joshuaâ€™s Unholy War, the Priesthood Ban, or polygamy. Usually the reference is to the sacrifice of Isaac. So, this post is to serve two purposes: (1) to show some different perceptions about the […]
I just finished a book called “DNA & Tradition”, by Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman.Â The book discusses evidence of Hebrew DNA, and talks about the science and religion of Judaism.Â As part of the discussion, I learned these interesting facts. The oldest diaspora communities are in Assyria, later conquered by Babylonia (now modern-day Iraq) and Persia […]
Ok, I will confess that I love learning about the Middle East.Â I love learning more about Jews, Muslims, Arabs, etc.Â I have so much to learn. I’m a grad student working on some genetic studies (one of my many jobs).Â As part of the genetic study we are doing, we have our study participants […]
As I mentioned before, I have been learning about Ancient and Medieval Church history from the Covenant Theological Seminary.Â What has been so interesting to me is that Turkey is a real center for Christianity. Paul spoke to the Ephesians in Ephesus (and his letter is in our bible now.)Â He also travelled to many […]
I was reading an article in Time Magazine a while back about how Abraham is a central figure in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. I was intrigued to learn that the article states, “The Koran includes scenes from Abraham’s childhood in which he chides his father for believing in idols and survives, Daniel-like, in a fiery […]