Author: Nathan F. Elmore

The Daughter of Muhammad

When Zain and I first met at Virginia Commonwealth University, she introduced herself as a Pakistani American and an ethnic Pashtun. Her family’s origins are in the Swat Valley. “Have you ever heard of it?” she asked me. “It’s the…

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Dinner with a Muslim Sheikh

  On an otherwise normal Friday night, I found myself on the peninsula that gave birth to Islam. In a neighborhood in Muscat, Oman, I sat cross-legged beside a Muslim professor of Sharia law. I was a long way from…

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As American as Baseball and the Qur’an

On a hot, sticky, spring night in South Carolina, I finished umpiring a Little League baseball game and sweating through the subjective equity of balls and strikes. After navigating the competitive juices of nine- and ten-year-olds (and their mild-mannered parents!),…

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The Conflict Within

Captain America: Civil War, and what to do when you stand at the edge of a cliff during a violent storm   The character’s name is Vision. Undoubtedly it suggests a mystical, possibly divine insight into the truest nature of…

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Gawker and the Wreckage

When driving by the wreckage, Gawker notices its own car in the pile-up but refuses to believe it.   _______________   Perhaps you’ve heard of Gawker. To give them some deserved media props, they are exceptionally good at what they…

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Discussing the Same God of Christians, Muslims, and Professors

For many Christians, the Wheaton College affair has provided a mouthful of theological and cultural tension.     For the Chewing   In 2011, on a chilly night in December, I sat in the upstairs bar of an under-the-train-tracks gourmet…

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We Pass Through It Together

Sometime around Thanksgiving Day, I finished Haruki Murakami’s enchanting, unforgettable novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. Come this New Year, its effect still lingers.   Truth is indeed mostly stranger than fiction. But more often than not…

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When Children Appear

During the hurried disquiet commonly referred to as “The Holidays,” the spinning seems relentless, doesn’t it? But every now and then—especially when we least expect it—the world slows.   Or, at least, it appears to slow. Either way, it allows…

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Facing/Re-facing Ourselves

An Advent reflection by way of Paris   Social Media   I am sitting in a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. Twitter is at my thumbs.   There is no doubt the photographer has captured the moment in this woman….

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Charlie Brown’s Revelation

Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good…

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