Podcast episode: “Finding Home in Oklahoma” feat. Senator James Lankford and Cesar Q

‪“If you believe you are a child of God in Jesus Christ, who can really harm you with a word?” -Cesar Q‬ Cesar and I recorded this podcast with Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum after our article/interview ran in Christianity today. Some snippets of Ali's interview with Senator James Lankford when we were … Continue reading Podcast episode: “Finding Home in Oklahoma” feat. Senator James Lankford and Cesar Q

EDITORIAL: “Christians, don’t forget about the world’s refugees”

It will come any day now. The decision regarding how many refugees will be resettled into the U.S. next year is looming. In the last three years, the number of refugees we have received has dropped drastically, and there are reports that number could go as low as zero for 2020. This is no longer … Continue reading EDITORIAL: “Christians, don’t forget about the world’s refugees”

“God Blessed my Church with Immigrants like Cesar” – Christianity Today article BONUS MATERIAL

A few weeks ago, Christianity Today asked me to conduct an interview and write the story of an immigrant or refugee in our congregation who is making significant contributions to our church and community. The truth is we have MANY great people to choose from – among them is Cesar Quintero. READ THE FULL ARTICLE … Continue reading “God Blessed my Church with Immigrants like Cesar” – Christianity Today article BONUS MATERIAL

On Placing a Value on the Life or Quality of Life of a Child

Some thoughts on a week when once again the political tends to overshadow personhood, and divisiveness tends to be propagated over decency. If we as Christians cannot be unified in placing the life or quality of life of a child—whether unborn or born—above such tendencies, where do we go from here? It’s hard to understand … Continue reading On Placing a Value on the Life or Quality of Life of a Child

From “How pastors and churchgoers can approach immigration together”

Here are a few of the main points from my most recent article in The Christian Post about pastors and their congregations coming together on issues related to immigration. I believe there are several clear areas where pastors and their parishioners can find common ground, if we are committed to questioning and learning . . . together … Continue reading From “How pastors and churchgoers can approach immigration together”

Welcoming the Stranger – 11/5/18 (Tulsa) and 11/6/18 (OKC)

What does the Bible say about vulnerable people like immigrants, refugees, and the poor? How should a Christian person respond biblically, compassionately, and reasonably to issues like refugee resettlement, undocumented children, family separation, and migrant caravans?   If you find yourself conflicted, and yet open to a biblical, factual, and reasonable discussion on these difficult … Continue reading Welcoming the Stranger – 11/5/18 (Tulsa) and 11/6/18 (OKC)

The Good Samaritan: An American Perspective

This is a third retelling of Jesus' Parable of the Good Samaritan. The first two can be found by clicking below: The Good Samaritan: A Syrian Perspective The Good Samaritan: An Asylum-Seeker Perspective NOTE: Before reading below, I encourage you to look at the featured image above where Jesus Himself is depicted as the injured man. If … Continue reading The Good Samaritan: An American Perspective