Wanted: Evangelicals (like David Shenk) who Model the Peaceable Ways of Jesus

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When God turned my life toward peacemaking, I had a difficult time finding a mature evangelical leader who was both an authentic peacemaker and a faithful witness to Jesus. Where could I find an older coach or mentor to help me in this transition? I finally found one in David Shenk (Dr. David W. Shenk serves as a global consultant for the Eastern Mennonites, specializing in Christian-Muslim Relations).

I met David years ago and have enjoyed reading his books and articles. But in the last four years I have had the privelege of watching him up-close-and-personal with Muslims. He models an integrated commitment to the good news of peace and Jesus’s teaching about the way of peace. Because of this, Peace Catalyst International recently presented him with the Legacy Award – reflecting a lifetime of peacemaking.

Here’s an example of how David demonstrates what it means to be an authentic peacemaker and a faithful witness. David was participating in a Christian-Muslim dialogue hosted by high-level devout Shi’ite theologians. The theme was peacemaking. As David started sharing about Jesus and the cross, the Muslim participants interrupted him: “Please do not speak about the cross, since the dialogue is about peacemaking. We don’t need to address any unnecessary controversial theological issues.”

But in his disarming, gentle manner, David responded, “The cross is the center of the Gospel of peace revealed in the Bible. Here we see the God who understands our pain, the God who suffers for our sin, the God who loves his enemies. All authentic peacemaking flows from God’s initiative in Jesus the great peacemaker.” So his Muslim guests let him continue!

David models the grace and truth of Jesus. He demonstrates how one can be an authentic peacemaker and a faithful witness. He illustrates what it means to be a “both-and” evangelical peacemaker.

Most of you will not have the opportunity to watch David in action. But you can learn something about the peaceable ways of Jesus by reading his important book, A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue with Badru Kateregga.

Will you join me in following his example? Will you join the increasing number of evangelicals who both show and share the good news of peace?


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2 thoughts on “Wanted: Evangelicals (like David Shenk) who Model the Peaceable Ways of Jesus

  1. All this talk of the muslim god being the same as the Christian God. Some christians might believe this to be true the the muslims never will as they will never except Jesus as God. People say God’s name was lost from memory, but God does have a name and the name is Jesus, Jesus is my Lord and Saviour. Jesus is God revealed in the flesh. All this talk is from the new world order, one government, one religion, one people. There will only be one government and one people when Jesus come again…Rev:20-21 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
    The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

  2. I just started reading Journeys of the Muslim Nation and the Christian Church. I’m in love. I can’t wait to delve further into this book. I was hooked from the Preface. I hope to learn how to better understand my own faith through this reading in order for me to better understand theirs. I feel like Dr. Shenk is holding out his hand and gently saying, “come follow me and I will lead you on a tour past the tourist traps and into the real lives of our Muslim friends.”

    Mr. Manion, my prayer for you is that you don’t lose sight of what these gentlemen are accomplishing; to bridge the gap of misunderstanding through educating the likes of us through the eyes of the Muslim. No one is trying to make you to take off your tin-foil hat and renounce your God to the NWO but, quoting Dr. Shenk, to better “express Jesus in our daily lives” which is lacking.