Religion digest: Former Muslim will speak on conversion

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

Theologian Emir Caner will speak about his conversion from Muslim to Christianity on Sunday at the First Baptist Church at Grand Avenue and Gidding Street in Clovis.
Caner will speak at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and the services are open to the public.

Raised as a Muslim by a mosque leader, Caner and his brother Ergun have become leading voices for evangelicalism on the national stage.

Their recent book, “Unveiling Islam,” won the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

Caner will offer an insider’s look at Islam and clarify the primary differences between Christianity and Islam. He will also present practical strategies for opening productive dialogue with Muslims.

Caner is the dean of The College at Southwestern on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Nazarene official visits church
J. Fred Huff, new district superintendent for the New Mexico District Church of the Nazarene, will visit the Broadview Church of the Nazarene.

Huff will speak at the 6 p.m. service Sunday. A reception will follow.

The Broadview Church of the Nazarene is located 30 miles north of Clovis.

For information contact Pastor Garth Hyde at 456-8491.

Christian station hits airwaves
A new Christian radio station is on the air in Clovis.

Air 1 Radio, located on the air at 88.5 FM, plays Christian hit music such as Jeremy Camp, Switchfoot and Third Day.

Mike Shaeffer, Air 1’s morning show host, said he is excited about the new station in Clovis and the opportunity to reach new listeners.

“We want everyone to have a chance to hear Air 1 and the kind of music we play,” Shaeffer said. “It’s a fresh mix of great modern and relevant music.”

From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., announcer Liz Johns plays popular Christian hits.

“I am excited about Air 1 hitting the airwaves because I know the way my teenage daughter is influenced by music,” she said. “I like the fact that she can listen to cool rock ’n’ roll bands and nothing is going to harm her. There are no drug references and the musicians aren’t angry.”

For more information on Air 1 or for a list of cities where it broadcasts, visit www.air1.com or call (888) YES-AIR1.

Calendar
Today

Prayer — 9 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. Thornton St. Community prayer session. Information: 763-4400.

Saturday
Distribution — 9-10:30 a.m. sign-in. Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. Thornton St. Food and clothing distribution. Information: 763-4400.
Women of Hope — 10-11 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. Thornton St. Christian support group for women seeking spiritual growth. Information: 763-4400.

Sunday
Men’s Bible class — 9:30-10:15 a.m. North Plains Mall Cinema, 2809 N. Prince St. Free coffee and donuts. Don Reid is the teacher.
Guest speaker — 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Grand Avenue and Gidding Street. Emir Caner, former Muslim, Apologist and author, will speak. The theme is “Unveiling Islam.” Information: 769-9095.

Tuesday
Religious education classes — 6-8 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe, 108 Davis St. First Holy Communion classes. Information: 762-7343.
Preschool reading hour — 10 a.m., children’s section in Master’s Centre, 810 E. 21st St. Information: 762-1924.
Distribution — 9-10:30 a.m. sign-in. Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. Thornton St. Food and clothing distribution. Information: 763-4400.
F.I.S.H. — 6-7 p.m., Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. Thornton St. Friends in Need Sharing Hope is a Bible-based support group. Information: 763-4400.

Wednesday
Women’s Bible study — 9-11:30 a.m., Master’s Centre, 810 E. 21st St. Information: 762-1924.
Religious education classes — 7-9 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe, 108 Davis St. Classes for seventh through 12th grades. Information: 762-7343.
Prayer — 9 a.m., Matt 25 Hope Center, 1200 N. Thornton St. Community prayer session. Information: 763-4400.

Thursday
Women’s Ministry — 9 a.m., Central Baptist Church, 250 N. Norris St.

Religion Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Fennell. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail:
tonya_fennell@link.freedom.com