Christian Doctor’s Digest – April 2015
Outreach to those around us for the Kingdom. Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, shares from his book Storm about churches having a better outreach into their communities. Nabeel Qureshi, MD discusses the Interface with God & Science and how to incorporate that into our witness to Muslim colleagues.
Meet Our Guests
Pastor Jim Cymbala
Pastor Jim Cymbala is a native New Yorker, raised in the borough of Brooklyn. After graduation from the University of Rhode Island, he entered the business world and soon married Carol, his childhood sweetheart. Before long, though he did not have formal theological training, he felt a call to ministry. In the early 1970s, he took over the leadership of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, a struggling congregation which numbered less than 20 people and met in a small, run-down building surrounded by the physical and moral blight of the inner city. Realizing the limited impact any one church can have in a large metropolis like New York, the church’s leadership began planting churches in other needy areas of the city. As they trained pastors and sent them out with small groups of workers from the congregation, a replication of the work in downtown Brooklyn was begun. At the same time, they began planting missionary stations in impoverished places like Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Guyana and the Philippines. Today he oversees a congregation of several thousand people and is the author of several books, including Spirit Rising, his newest release. Pastor Cymbala and Carol with three children and six grandchildren.
Nabeel Qureshi, MD, MA,
Nabeel Qureshi, MD, is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. Since his conversion, he has dedicated his life to spreading the gospel through teaching, preaching, writing and debating. Dr. Quereshi has given lectures at universities and seminaries throughout North America, including New York University, Rutgers, the University of North Carolina, the University of Ottawa, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Biola University. He has participated in 17 moderated public debates around North America, Europe and Asia. His focus is on the foundations of the Christian faith and the early history and teachings of Islam. He is a member of the speaking team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, as well as the author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. Dr. Qureshi holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University and an MA in religion from Duke University.