Understanding the “Allah Socks” issue in Malaysia: A call for compassion and awareness

In recent weeks, Malaysia has been embroiled in a controversy surrounding socks printed with the word “Allah.” This seemingly innocuous product has sparked heated debates, protests, and even acts of violence. As tensions rise, it is crucial for non-Muslims to approach this issue with sensitivity and understanding. Let us delve into the complexities and implications …

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The forgotten Greeks and the glorified Jesus

This Sunday the lectionary invites us to consider John 12:20-43. The English Standard Version breaks the text into three portions and supplies them with the headings: “Some Greeks Seek Jesus,”[1] “The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up,”[2] and “The Unbelief of the People”[3]. The first portion tells of some Greeks[4] who’d come to Jerusalem …

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Why did Jesus experience suffering, rejection and murder?

This Sunday the lectionary invites us to ponder Mark 8:31-38. In these verses, we read that Jesus taught his disciples he would soon suffer, be rejected, and be killed; and be raised up from the dead. And that the same things would happen to them. Two thoughts which Christians have treasured over the centuries come …

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