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Believers in Christ from a Muslim Background: A Global Census

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A scholarly investigation and article that estimates the number of Muslim background believers who are followers of Jesus.

According to the abstract:

Since the 1960s, there has been a substantial increase in the number of known conversions from Islam to Christianity. Most of these conversions have been to forms of evangelical or Pentecostal Christianity, but there have also been conversions to Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, and still other converts claim to remain in some way both Muslims and followers of Jesus. This article explains how we obtained estimates of the number of converts, the complexities involved in this task, and an annotated list of countries by continent with the estimated number of believers in Christ from a Muslim background. The article includes charts with maximal, minimal, and medium estimates of this population from 1960 to the present.

116-Pioneering Movements among Muslims in SE Asia

James Nyman talks to Steve Addison about pioneering movements among Muslims in SE Asia. James is the author of Stubborn Perseverance: How to Launch Cascading Movements to Christ Among Muslims (and others).

To find out more visit Beyond.

Jesus at 30,000 Feet

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I always look forward to an update from Grant McAllister. Here’s his latest…

I got comfortable and settled in to switch off and watch a movie before the busy two weeks ahead and noticed an older Asian man sitting next to me.

Part way though the flight (at and my movie!) the gentleman next to me tapped me on the shoulder. I took the headphones off, said hello and settled in for a chat with my plane buddy. He asked me where I was from and what kind of work I did. I told him I lived in Hong Kong as was involved in church work.

“So you are a Christian then?” Salim asked.

“Yes,” I replied. He then told me he is Muslim and from Sri Lanka.

“Do you know what the Koran says about Jesus?” I asked.

“I know Jesus did many miracles and healed many people,” Salim answered. “Muhammad did a lot of teaching but he didn’t do any miracles like Jesus did.”

I talked about how in the Koran it says Jesus was sinless, born of a virgin and did miracles. I went on and asked, “If, in the Koran, it says Jesus was sinless, born of a virgin and did miracles and if Muhammad only offered teaching, who do you think is the best person to follow?”

He paused and reflected. The Spirit stirred him, then a slow realisation showed on his face and he acknowledged that Jesus must be greater. “Indeed Jesus is greater than Muhammad,” I explained. “Jesus can forgive our sins because he is alive! And we can know Him personally.”

“Salim,” I asked, “would you like to know Jesus and ask Him to forgive your sins?”

“Yes!” he replied with great enthusiasm.

So, there, at 30,000 feet we prayed and Salim from Sri Lanka asked Jesus to forgive his sins and said he wanted to follow Him. Salim’s son-in-law in Sri Lanka is a Christian and when he returns to Sri Lanka he is looking forward to talking with him.

Please pray that the seed that has been planted in Salim’s heart will grow and that he will become a strong follower of Christ.

I can now reveal that Grant McAllister is “Barney”. Now that he’s in a more secure location you can even subscribe to his updates.

Yes, I chose the image of an Air New Zealand plane because “Barney” is a Kiwi.

What's driving the persecution of Christians in Pakistan?

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You may have already forgotten about the 70 dead in Lahore, Pakistan last week. The press has moved on. The story never got the same coverage as Paris or Brussels. 

Christianity Today reports on the background in Pakistan.

UPDATE: The Spectator: The Lahore attacks are just the latest atrocity in a war on Christians

Islam on track to become the world's largest religion

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According to Pew Research:

Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion, mostly because Muslims are younger and have more children than any other religious group globally. By 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians.

The growth of Christianity is keeping pace with world population growth. All other faiths, except Islam, have plateaued or are declining in their percentage share of the world’s growing population. Even the percentage of religiously unaffiliated is declining.

The world is becoming more religious due mainly to the growth in Islam and Christianity. I don’t think anyone predicted this trend.

A generation ago the assumption was the ultimate triumph of secularism.