Let us begin with a question: Who is the person, or type of person, that is easiest for you to write off as unimportant...or perhaps dispensable? I cannot remember a cultural climate like the present where people and their perspectives are dismissed so easily. We apply a single label to describe someone which then grants us permission … Continue reading A Different Lens – The “Other”
One of the most significant challenges I face as a pastor and teacher – whether in church or in academic settings – is helping people to learn how to read the Bible through different lenses than those to which they are accustomed and to discuss divinity in often uncomfortable ways. Don’t get me wrong, I … Continue reading A Different Lens
In October of last year, I made a promise. My burden for the suffering in and around the war-torn country of Syria and its refugee crisis had hit a breaking point. I promised - "I will not do nothing." I promised to pray for the refugee crisis in the Middle East daily, and to actively seek … Continue reading The Refugee Burden That Will Not Go Away (World Refugee Day in DC 2017)
PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT BELOW OR ANYWHERE ELSE UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THIS POST IN ITS ENTIRETY. Thanks. At present, this issue sparks emotional reactions from many to say the least. In the last 24 hours, I have received lots of feedback from both Christians and non-Christians. So many have been gracious towards me and compassionate … Continue reading Why I signed the letter to President Trump on behalf of refugees.
These children are not politics. They are casualties, and their stories are tragic. Their world is the definition of a living nightmare, and images of thousands of Syrian children just like them assail us daily. My heart breaks for these people in so many ways. Anyone who knows me well could tell you how often … Continue reading Syrian children are not politics.
It was a Saturday afternoon late in May. I was returning from a conference in Chicago, which meant I was wrapping up my last activity for the Spring. I had worked extra hours during several weeks trying to get everything organized and strategized, and I had never felt more prepared for a full summer of … Continue reading Providence (Not Rhode Island)
Last week a bulletin went out from a local company in Tulsa warning about the danger of "aggressive panhandlers" in downtown. The memo included a disturbing story about a woman who was assaulted when she refused someone who was asking her for money. The publication of this incident brought out other reports about panhandlers, or … Continue reading What should we do when a person on the street asks us for money?