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The 2005 assembly

... through other eyes

An interesting perspective from an unexpected source greeted me when I returned to Chicago: a Muslim, Somalian refugee cab driver. He quickly discovered we had been to a church gathering in Orlando, Fla.

An interesting perspective from an unexpected source greeted me when I returned to Chicago: a Muslim, Somalian refugee cab driver. He quickly discovered we had been to a church gathering in Orlando, Fla.

“Oh, were you with the Lutherans?” he asked. When I said yes, he asked, “What does it mean that you call yourselves evangelical?” I described who we are, centering our identity in God’s grace given through faith for Jesus’ sake. “Tell me about Jesus and grace,” he said. I told him about Jesus’ teaching, his healings, with whom he associated and whom he challenged, his death and resurrection. The driver interrupted: “That is the Jesus I read about in your Bible, not the one I hear about on the radio. It doesn’t seem like Christians believe in this grace you are talking about.”


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