Engaging Islam with the Gospel

Join us August 8 – 9, 2016

This ​Alumni Academy ​will ​​​equip ​and ​empower ​attendees ​to ​share ​the ​gospel ​with ​their ​Muslim ​neighbors, ​co-workers, ​and ​friends. Ayman ​Ibrahim ​and John ​Klaassen ​will ​unpack ​Islam ​in ​theoretical ​and ​practical ​ways ​based ​on ​their ​research ​and ​years ​of ​experience ​in ​Islamic ​countries. ​They will ​help ​students ​understand ​the ​history, ​culture ​and ​worldview ​of ​Islam, ​as ​well ​as ​develop ​an ​exegetical ​analysis ​of ​what ​the ​Qu’ran ​says ​in ​relationship ​to ​God, ​the ​Bible, ​and ​Jesus. ​Church ​leaders ​will ​be ​provided ​with ​practical ​insight ​and ​a ​Christian ​understanding ​of ​Islam ​so ​they ​can ​return ​to ​their ​churches ​better ​equipped ​to ​train ​their ​members ​to ​reach ​the ​Islamic ​world ​with ​the ​gospel.


“Islam was not included within the curriculum of Southern Seminary in 1859. Now, more than a century and a half after the seminary’s founding, it is impossible to imagine how a minister of the gospel can be trained and prepared for faithful service without a knowledge of Islam and the challenge it represents.”

—R. Albert Mohler Jr.


Ayman S. Ibrahim

Ayman Ibrahim

Assistant professor of Islamic studies

Ibrahim was born and raised in Egypt. Since 1991, he has taught in various countries in the Muslim world and in the West at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary in the United States and at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. Some of the courses he has taught include: Introduction to Islam; Emergence and Historical Development of Islam; Islamic Texts (Quran, Hadith and Tafsir); and Quranic Arabic: Exegeting Islam’s Scripture. He is a member of the Center for the Study of Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben Gurion University of the Negev; the Society of Biblical Literature; the International Quranic Studies Association; and the Department of Middle Eastern History at Haifa University, Mount Carmel, Israel. He has been married to Emily since 2012 and together, they serve among Arabs in the United States and the Middle East.

John Klaassen

John Klaassen

Associate professor of global studies

Dr. Klaassen was born in Colombia, South America, but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  He married Shari in 1985 and they have two sons, Seth and Andy.  Before moving overseas John pastored in the state of Kentucky. John and Shari moved cross culturally to live first in Spain and then in North Africa from 1992 to 2010.   John helped to direct their relief and development agency to national attention such that they were invited to work in communities all over their country of residence.  In the end he supervised teams in three distinct regions of the country.  That relief and development group worked in the areas of primary education, clean water and health education.  Since moving back to the US John and Shari have been working primarily with Iraqi refugees in the Louisville area. In 2015 he published Engaging with Muslims: Understanding their World, Sharing the Good News (The Good Book Company).


Monday, August 8

8 a.m. Conference Check-in
9 a.m. Session I: Origins of Islam: A Historical Background—Ibrahim
10:30 a.m. Session II: What Do Muslims Believe? The Five Pillars of Islam—Klaassen
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Sessions III: Influence of Christianity and Judaism on Islam—Ibrahim
3:30 p.m. Session IV:  What Do Muslims Believe? The Articles of Faith—Klaassen

Tuesday, August 9

9 a.m. Session V:  The Bible and Jesus in the Quran—Ibrahim
11 a.m. Session VI: What Do Muslims Practice? Who are My Muslim Neighbors?—Klaassen
12 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session VII:  What is Jihad? Examination of the Quran and its Commentators—Ibrahim
3:00 p.m. Session VII:  Sharing the Gospel with Muslims–Klaassen
4:30 p.m. Q & A with Ibrahim and Klaassen

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Spouse of Alumni $79
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