Summer Seminar

August 8-9, 2021
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Resurrection Lutheran Church
100 W. Lochmere Dr., Cary, NC

Gather for two evenings to learn more about Muslims and the Gospel moving from challenges to opportunities for knowing our Muslim neighbors.


Anthropologist Eugene Nida, in his book Customs and Cultures, argues that the various cultures of the world could be differentiated through three primary cultural distinctives: fear, guilt and shame. These three elements are present in all cultures, but their importance varies dramatically among various cultures. These three guiding principles of cultures come into even greater delineation when we pair them with the positive virtues these negative factors contrast. If fear, for example, is most regarded, then the qualities that will be most admired and sought in a positive light might be power and strength. If guilt is regarded as the most significant concern, then what a culture might seek above all else is freedom or justice. If shame is the greatest curse in society, then what is sought more than anything else is a sense of honor.  Knowing who guiding cultural principals shapes our articulation of the Gospel permits us to be a more effective witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Sunday, August 8    Evening Session 1


  • Islam is the only major world religion to use many of Christian scriptures, symbols, thoughts, and sentiments but interpret them with a different conclusion. 
  • Why should we in the West be interested in Islam? 
  • What challenges presents to us as Disciples of Christ?


Monday, August 9   Evening Session 2


  • Where do we start when it comes to sharing the Good News of the Gospel? 
  • The Seminar will encourage and equip you to meet Muslims as friends and people who God loved and wants to include in his family.

About the Presenter
Rev. Dr. Abjar Bahkou

Dr. Abjar Bahkou is associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He joined the faculty in June 2018. Before that he served in several capacities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Bahkou has written numerous articles and has done translation work from English into Arabic. He brings a rich background of experiences to the task of thinking through Christian witness to our Muslim neighbors.

Seminar Location
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100 W. Lochmere Drive
Cary NC
USA