Posted by Rob Courtney on November 14, 2017
Reflection 1: Ch. 1-3 of Mustafa Akyol's The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims
In June, I will make my fourth pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I can't wait to return to one of my favorite sites, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem...
Tags: ebook study, mustafa akyol, the islamic jesus
Posted by Rob Courtney on November 06, 2017
November eBook Study: The Islamic Jesus
Welcome to our study of Mustafa Akyol's The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims. Our study officially begins this week. I hope the flexibility of reading at your own pace and chewing on the weekly reflections is...
Tags: the islamic jesus, mustafa akyol, ebook study
Posted by Rob Courtney on August 31, 2017
Our hearts and prayers go out to those in Texas and Southeast Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey. We South Louisiana residents certainly know how people in those devastated areas are feeling right now. We weep with them, and at the same time experience our own painful remembering of how the...
Tags: harvey, relief, texas
Posted by Rob Courtney on October 11, 2016
Our St. Paul's Men's eBook Club just finished reading Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Rabbi Sacks served for many years as the chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth in Britain. The topic is very timely as people around...
Tags: religion, violence
Posted by Rob Courtney on September 14, 2016
In the last post we looked at how the Bible is important to people, yet not important enough, it seems, to engage with it regularly. Why is this? Is it because people find the Bible intimidating and hard to understand? Is it merely about time? Is it because we don't know where to begin and need...
Tags: bible, reading
Posted by Rob Courtney on September 09, 2016
Someone (I cannot recall who) once called the Bible "the most owned, least read book in history." That seems still to be the case according to this article that I ran across today.
The article reminds me of an encounter I once had with a woman. She was lecturing me because...
Tags: bible, scripture
Posted by Rob Courtney on April 13, 2016
Over the past two years I have become more involved with supporting Covenant House on Rampart St. here in New Orleans. Covenant House helps homeless and at risk youth in our area, and they do an amazing job.
In January of this year, Covenant House representatives and supporters were...
Tags: clubs, covenant house, quarter
Posted by Rob Courtney on February 05, 2016
This week we wrapped up our four-part series "Understanding Islam." One of our participants wrote me this wonderful email:
Thanks so very much for all you did to provide the 4 part Islam class opportunity. I feel so much more knowledgeable about Islam and more open regarding Muslims. It...
Tags: bigotry, islam, racism
Posted by Rob Courtney on August 17, 2015
Are you a liberal? A conservative? The truth is it's all relative.
Tags: conservative, liberal, relative
Posted by Rob Courtney on July 31, 2015
Yesterday, I had the privledge of participating in the invitation-only discussions about the confederate mouments in our city. According to NOLA.com, around 600 invitations were issued, and 115 took the mayor up on the offer. I'm extremely glad that I did because I believe having this discussion...
Tags: monuments, new orleans, race