If the U.S. fails to act, ancient Christian communities dating back to the Book of Acts might soon be deserted. Since the first mission movements of the Early Church, Assyrian (Syriac) churches have never failed to maintain a confessional Christian presence in or near their original lands. If the current crisis facing northeastern Syria worsens, … Continue reading In Syria, this may be the last Christmas for Christian communities who’ve been there since the first century.
“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
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”
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
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
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)
How many persecuted Christians from the Middle East have been resettled in the US this year? 23. Not 23,000. Not 2300. 23. In this same time period in 2016 (January-June), the number was 1,574. This represents a decline of 98.5%. When the first travel ban and suspension of the refugee resettlement program was put into … Continue reading An Appeal for Persecuted Christians Around the World