Hopefully, you had the opportunity to hear Mike Kuhn’s message this last weekend on Hagar and Ishmael. Mike ably unpacked the historical and cultural context of the account, perhaps implicating a very different understanding of God’s heart for the nations than what we had before. If you have not had a chance to hear the sermon, we heartily recommend that you do so here: https://www.gatewayepc.org/stand-alone-sermons
If you missed the opportunity to purchase his books, they are available on Amazon. We have included the summary of the books for your convenience.
“Finding Hagar probes the relentless pursuit by the living God of a fugitive woman who falls outside the line of his chosen people. This pursuit ensures Hagar's destiny by giving her an identity as one who is seen and known by God himself.
Hagar's story centers around a deeply personal dialogue with God concerning her past and her future, her story and her dreams; and while his promises are rooted in her reality, they also carry her forward to a new horizon of hope. Often recognized as one of the Bible's most powerful stories of God's love, which is always undeserved and unmerited, this book is a reminder of God's abundant grace towards all people at a time when there is much division and animosity towards the descendants of Hagar. As we witness major displacement of peoples around the world, the story of Hagar - of God's encounter with a displaced and oppressed woman - inspires hope and purpose for today's fractured global community.”
“After living for more than two decades in the Middle East, pastor, author and college Arabic instructor Mike Kuhn wonders if there can be a fresh vision for the Muslim world―one not rooted in media lies or personal fears but in the values of Christ's kingdom. Is the only option to fight, to eradicate, to judge? Or can the mindset of confrontation give way to one of incarnation? In Fresh Vision for the Muslim World, Kuhn challenges readers to love the Muslims down the street and across the world with the love of Christ. Kuhn's vast experience and research show readers that Muslims today have the same hopes and spiritual needs as any of us. With practical suggestions, Kuhn helps readers leave the path of isolation, fear and self-preservation and choose a less-traveled road: a path of self-awareness, empathy, and deep listening. Choosing the latter path is radical. It is difficult. And it is a step toward seeing Jesus Christ receive his rightful place of honor among a people longing to know him.”