News Release

Conclusion of lecture series on “The Caliphate: The Islamic State…” at AGTS

April 4, 2016 | Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary will present Dr. Sobhi Malek and the closing of his three-part lecture series on “The Caliphate: The Islamic State — Its Origin and the Implications of its Current Ambitions.”

The presentation will be Wednesday, April 6 at 11 a.m., in the Seymour Chapel at AGTS. There will be a time for questions and dialogue following the lecture.

Dr. Malek was recently installed as the 2016 J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions at the seminary.

At the end of his second session on March 8, Dr. Malek said, In this lecture, we looked at the origins of the caliphate and how it is an ideal and a goal for fundamentalist Muslims. In the next lecture, we will look at violence in Islam.

“Also, we will explore the question, ‘Is the caliphate achievable?’ From there, we will ask, ‘What can the Church do?’ The answer is, as the Church of Jesus Christ prays with faith, she should expect God to answer and bring many Muslims to Christ. Therefore, we need to be ready and prepared to receive and disciple the great numbers of Muslims who will enter the Kingdom of Christ,” said Malek.

The lecture will be live streamed at agts.edu.

Author and Theologian

Dr. Malek is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He earned his Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He also holds a B.Sc. in pharmacy from the University of Cairo.

He has served as a missionary for more than forty years and in more than fifty countries. He has also served as a visiting professor of missions at several seminaries, and he regularly speaks in conferences and seminars on the topics of Islam, Muslim Evangelism and Missions to Muslims.

Dr. Malek is president and chairman of the board for the International Sharif Bible Society. He is the copyright holder of the Sharif Bible, which he has translated into Arabic, English, French and other languages.

The Sharif Bible was the first Bible to be published in Arabic that Muslims understand.

With his great love for writing, Dr. Malek has authored several books in Arabic, used among the millions of Arabs in the Middle East. Among these are My Father, The Oil Seller and He Loved Me. He also wrote the well-accepted seven-lesson Bible course for evangelizing Muslims called The Right Path, which is used in scores of countries and is available in multiple languages.

He is also the author of Islam: Introduction and Approach (Global University, publisher); Islamic Exodus into the Freedom of Christ (Trafford, publisher); “L’Islam: Quel Defi Pour Nous?” (Viens et Vois, publisher); “Islam Encountering Gospel Power” in Called and Empowered (Baker, publisher); “Through Contextualized Forms” in Muslims and Christians on the Emmaus Road (Marc, publisher); “Overcoming Resistance Through the Paranormal” in Reaching the Resistant (William Carey Library, publisher); Praying for Muslims 2015, A Guide for Effective Intercession (ISBS House, publisher); and several other publications. His weekly radio program has an audience in several countries.

The J. Philip Hogan Chair

The J. Philip Hogan Chair at AGTS is an endowed professorship that honors the missionary leadership of one of our most distinguished former executive directors of the Assemblies of God World Missions. As a partnership between AGTS and AGWM, it calls on today’s missionaries and scholars to continue in the heritage of thoughtful, incisive and Spirit-led missiology that Hogan’s ministry left us.

A leading missiologist is invited annually to fill the chair in order to explore new dimensions in missiology through teaching, research and writing. Special thanks are due to AGWM, the Hyllberg Memorial Fund, Philip and Virginia Hogan and others who have contributed to the endowment of the Chair.


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