Join us as Lee and Mark offer a balanced and accurate assessment of Islam through their interviews with Muslim experts and the riveting stories of Muslims that have converted to Christianity. Their stories will inspire and give a fresh understanding of how to communicate and reach out to this growing community.
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On the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2011 terror attacks, Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg went beyond the cliches and caricatures of Islam to present its central teachings. They interview experts as well as Muslim-turned-Christians whose stories you won’t want to miss.
Since the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon plus the subsequent U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, Islam has been thrust into the American spotlight. But even ten years later there’s widespread confusion and controversy over the teaching of ideals of Islam.
â€¢ Is it a religion of peace?
â€¢ How much overlap is there with Christianity?
â€¢ WHat’s the origin and message of the Qur’an?
â€¢ What is the Islamic attitude toward non-Muslims?
â€¢ Who should we regard our Muslim neighbors?
â€¢ What’s the best way to interact about matters of faith with our Islamic friends?
Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg will cut through the hysteria and offer a balanced and accurate assessment of Islam through their interviews with Muslim experts and the riveting testimonies of former Muslims who have become followers of Jesus.
The combination of easy-to-understand explanations and the gripping stories of Muslims-turned-Christians will both inform and inspire participants, who will walk away from the evening with a fresh understanding of Islam and how this fast-growing faith affects them personally.
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books and has been interviewed on numerous national TV programs, including ABC, Fox, PBS, and CNN.
Described in the Washington Post as “one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists,”Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree, 1974) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree, 1979) and holds top honors for investigative reporting.
After a nearly two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee became a Christian in 1981. He joined the staff of Willow Creek Community Church and later joined Saddleback Valley Community Church as a teaching pastor in 2000. In recognition of his extensive research for his books, Southern Evangelical Seminary honored Lee with the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2007. For more information about Lee Strobel visit leestrobel.com
Mark Mittelberg is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and a leading strategist in evangelism and apologetics-oriented outreach. He is the primary author (with Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels) of the updated Becoming a Contagious Christian Training Course, through which more than a million people have learned to effectively and naturally communicate their faith to others.
Mark’s newest book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, is based on a survey of 1000 Christians commissioned through the Barna organization, and deals with the ten issues that believers most want to avoidâ€”but must not!
Mark was the evangelism director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago for seven years and for the Willow Creek Association for a decade. He is a frequent contributor for Outreach magazine, and he was an editorial consultant and periodic guest for Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire television show. He and Strobel have been ministry partners for over twenty years. Mark earned a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In recognition of his achievements in the areas of evangelism and apologetics, he was recently honored by the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina
Born and raised in Lebanon, George has more than 40 years experience in evangelism and church planting among Muslims. He supervised the translation of the Bible into contemporary Arabic and Kurdish; served with the Navigators, Campus Crusade, and InterVarsity; and is founder and president of Horizons International, which trains Christians how to reach out to Muslims. In his critically acclaimed book Engaging Islam, he says: â€œI invite you to see Muslims as Jesus sees them and to learn from the life and teachings of Jesus how to love, serve, and witness to Muslims.â€ His organizationâ€™s website is www.horizonsinternational.org.
Abdu Murray was a Muslim who became a Christian after extensive research into Islam, Christianity, and other world-views. He is president of Aletheia International, an outreach organization to Muslims, and has spoken internationally and on numerous radio and TV programs. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and practices law in the Detroit area. Said well-known apologist Josh McDowell: â€œAbdu has trained our staff and volunteers on how to address tough questions about the gospel and how to show respect for others. Â His wealth of knowledge, his sharp mind, and his winsome attitude will benefit anyone who wants not only to defend their faith, but also reach out to others.â€
N.A. Qureshi is a medical doctor and Muslim-turned-Christian whose ministry to Muslims is called Creed 2:6 (www.Creed26.com). He has lectured on the foundations of Christianity and the early history and teachings of Islam at universities and seminaries throughout North America. He holds a masterâ€™s degree in apologetics from Biola University and has participated in 26 public debates. He will be telling the story of his journey from Islam to Christianity.