- The Kingdom of God: Did you know that the term "Christianity" is never used in the New Testament and that the term "Christian" is used only three times. Conversely, the term "kingdom" appears over 150 times, and most of those are references to the Kingdom of God, which is simply the rule and reign of God on earth. Jesus came to usher in the Kingdom, which he taught is both a present reality and a future promise. One of my passions is challenging Christians to do what Jesus did and what he said his followers should be doing--to bring God's healing reign to a broken world with our ACTIONS and with our words!
- Muslim-Christian Relations: There is immense commonality between the Qur'an and the Bible, and I love helping Muslims and Christians discover this common ground and build friendships rooted in deep trust, respect, and understanding. In the context of genuine friendship, we find opportunity to share our faith perspectives with one another and to learn from one another. Sometimes, at the end of the day, we still disagree on theology, but friendship allows us to disagree respectfully and lovingly and still work together for the good of humanity and the glory of God.
- The Biblical Mandate for Peacemaking: God is a God of peace. He sent Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to bring peace on earth. We Jesus-followers have a clear example and a clear mandate--we are to pursue and promote peace at every turn. I would love to help your group learn from the example of the Prince of Peace and to dream about how you can live out practically this Biblical mandate to be peacemakers.
The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. --James 3:17-18 (New Living Translation)
If you're interested in a one-time event or in a training series, please contact me at 803-572-7622 or thomas(at)peace-catalyst.net to begin a dialogue!