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Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships (2011)

4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Zondervan
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 4860 seconds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0310890853
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,578 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

In this award winning, four-session small group Bible study DVD, Carl Medearis, an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations, provides background info on Islam and tools for sharing Christ with their Muslim neighbors.

Muslims, Christians and Jesus, is the recipient of the prestigious Outreach Magazine Resources of the Year for 2012.

According to Medearis, how Americans respond to Islam and how Christians think of Muslims could be one of the most significant issues of our time. Throughout the study, Medearis helps you understand the basics of Islam, the difference between “moderate” Muslims and radical terrorists, the Muslim view of Jesus, and how we should interact with our Muslim neighbors, friends, and coworkers.

From the Ground Zero mosque to whether we believe in the same God, Medearis also addresses key questions and responses to the current Muslim/Christian tensions facing our society.

This DVD features four sessions (plus bonus session) of live-teaching from Carl Medearis. It’s designed to be used with the Muslims, Christians and Jesus DVD (sold separately).

Sessions include:
1. What is Islam? Exploring Our Fears
2. Understanding What Muslims Believe
3. Jesus: The Bridge to Muslims
4. Building Bridges through Relationship
Bonus session: 10 Myths about Muslims

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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Good lessons, some less so October 6, 2010
By BDenny
There are several good lessons to be learned in reading Carl Medaris' opus on the Muslim faith as it relates to Christianity. He stresses the importance of respecting others intellectually even when their concept of God differs from yours and the concept that perhaps viewing missionary work as scoring points with conversions might not be the best way to bring Jesus to the Muslim world.

There is, however, an important issue to consider when reading Carl's book. The book goes to great lengths to bring understanding and acceptance of Islam to Christian readers, often to the point of encouraging Christians to attend mosque or to read the Koran("Its a good book", writes Carl. "It mostly agrees with the bible.). In and of itself, these lessons aren't dangerous or even particularly bad; however, reading the book it is entirely unclear whether Carl thinks of Islam as being any less true than or even distinct from Christianity.

All of Carl's examples of sharing his faith with Muslims carry a tone of "Hey, You guys already believe in Jesus. He doesn't clash with what you believe, even in the slightest!". None of his examples, however, show any Muslim ever coming to a distinct faith in Christ. Near the end of the book, he brags about an important man he led to a closer understanding of Christ, and then in the next breath tells us that the man still identifies himself as a muslim, but one that likes Jesus a little bit more than most.

I agree with Carl that many Christians come to Muslims out of a place of anger or arrogance, and that an effort to foster a better understanding of Muslim beliefs and culture is in order. I also agree that time and relationships are extremely important if you want someone to respect what you can tell them about God.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Book Review October 14, 2008
I'm venturing into the world of reviewing because this book is worth it! Carl's insight into evangelism and discipleship as simply pointing people to Jesus and developing real genuine loving friendships has application well beyond Muslim culture. In fact, while I have certainly gained new perspective and understanding into Muslim culture, I primarly read the book for the broader insight that Carl brings and was not disappointed. It is an easy and enjoyable read, with a good mix of stories, insights and facts about Muslim life and belief with tested advice on how to best approach loving them and helping them to see Jesus more clearly (and seeing Him more clearly ourselves in the process!). Enjoy!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rave reviews for Carl Medearis' Book October 9, 2008
Two days ago our mail carrier delivered Carl Medearis' book, "Muslim, Christians, and Jesus." I had a few minutes before supper so I opened it thinking I would look at a few paragraphs. I got sucked in! Twenty-four hours later I finished it. It is truly a delightful and hope-filled book.

When I first met Carl three years ago the first thing I noticed was his twinkling-eye smile. His obvious open and genuine love is contagious. I have seen it happen with Muslims and non-Muslims alike. That genuineness is accurately reflected in the book.

In "Muslims, Christians, and Jesus" Carl covers not only the basics of what Muslims believe but he also loads it with personal stories. There is the smell of gun smoke reality on every page. He covers what the Qur'an says about Jesus, women in Islam, answering common questions, and even how Jesus interacted with jihad. Throughout its pages, the centrality of Jesus is paramount.

My favorite story in the book is when Carl roared into an Iraqi village and ... Nope - I don't want to give it away before you read it. Even if there weren't other fabulous material the stories alone are worth the price of admission. Whatever you do, GET IT, READ IT, and PASS IT ON to others! You won't regret it.

Edward J. Hoskins, MD, PhD
Author - A Muslim's Heart
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary in its simplicity September 24, 2008
By S. Todd
Carl Medearis' book could be titled, "Finally a reasonable voice from a Christian about Muslim / Christian relations." When much of the literature either errs to the theological left ("Can't we all just get along since all religions are the same anyways") or to the right where we often confuse Muslims with the 'enemy' of our faith (who is not, by the way, Mohammad!), the book reads like you're sitting at coffee with a friend, only that friend has a wealth of personal experience, having lived for years in Beirut among the Muslims. A must read for anyone serious about reaching out to Muslims in an effective way.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus, the Answer to the Issues in the Middle East November 17, 2008
It is the prayer of Carl Medearis that his book "Muslims, Christians, and Jesus" will help the reader see Jesus more clearly, that He will become more tangible, and in some way more accessible, less theoretical less mystical and more practical. It is his desire that the book will help the readers gain new insight, more compassion, and a greater faith, as they share their life as a follower of Christ. He also trusts that they will see Muslims as Jesus always saw people; interacting at their point of need.

Many chapters end with a section entitled "A Christ-like Perspective." These perspectives stirred me as I examined my own heart and motives in light of the life and example of Jesus. Another feature is called "A Story of Faith." These stories are from Carl's own experiences in being a friend to a Muslim and the way they were often multiplied into fruitful endeavors that extended beyond the incident itself.

I appreciated the fact that the chapter title clearly state the material to be covered. In a logical and orderly progress Medearis covered such topics as the foundation of Islam, their articles of faith, angels, the Holy Books of Muslims, the prophets, judgment day, and predestination.

Carl discussed the five pillar of Islam, which include: The testimony, the fast, giving, prayer, and pilgrimage. He devotes one chapter to a comparison of passages from the Qur'an and the New Testament.

The main thrust of Carl's message is to awake the Western Christian to overcome fear with love as he introduces Muslims who follow Jesus. He provides a Christ-like perspective on how to reach out in genuine love to our Muslim neighbors.

Medearis' twenty-five years of first hand experiences well qualify him to author this compelling, practical message. The message of "Muslims, Christians, and Jesus" is simple, yet profound. An engaging read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book for understanding Christian love in a Muslim culture
Published 3 days ago by B. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I did enjoy reading this, although I'm not sure I agree with everything that was said. It was thought provoking though and gave me inspiration to read more books like this.
Published 1 month ago by Teacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Resource Book for Learning about Muslim Faith
An easy read, this book describes and defines basic tenets of Islam in order to overcome the misinformation and prejudice often spread in the media reports. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful information that will help improve understanding between...
Very well written book about one man's experiences with Muslim friends in Lebanon; ways to focus on what Christian and Muslims both agree on concerning the teachings of Jesus the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by MA Schreck
1.0 out of 5 stars A product of Liberal Christian Missionaries. I can summarize the book...
I've worked in the Muslim-world mission field. There is nothing of value in this wholly misguided book that is applicable, or of long-term use, to those of whom are called to labor... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John L. Mendez
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
A remarkable book about how to interact and understand Muslims. A great read for anyone who wants to take the command to love your neighbor seriously. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hasmik Matsoyan
4.0 out of 5 stars Seminary Book Review
In the book Muslims, Christians, and Jesus Carl Medearis writes to Western Christians, specifically Christians in America, about Islam. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Woznicki
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent !
Medearis' well written and captivating book gave me relevant insight regarding how to share Jesus with the world. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jean Howison
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Perspective and Viewpoint
A totally new perspective on Muslims and their reverence for Jesus. The author provides a unique, in-person, real world look at the lives of Muslims and their faith and can... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Todd Gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pick
Good book to increase awareness but some inaccuracies do exist in the text. Be cautious the difference between Islam culture vs Muslim beliefs.
Published 9 months ago by Cosey
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