OLD TESTAMENT PASSAGES "Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan." Exodus 22:22"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits." Exodus 23:6"During the seventh year, let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what they leave. Do … Continue reading 200+ Scriptures from the Bible about Loving, Serving and Seeking Justice for the Poor
Below you will find my interview with NPR's Sarah McCammon on "All Things Considered," along with fellow SBC pastor Malachi O'Brien. Our discussion was about attitudes among evangelicals after opposing op-eds in Christianity Today and Christian Post about our current political mess. Despite what the title says, Malachi and I did NOT debate but rather simply answered questions honestly and respectfully towards each other and hopefully … Continue reading NPR “All Things Considered” discussion regarding attitudes among evangelicals amid current political division.
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.
One of the things often overlooked in many people’s understanding of Scripture is the difference between Christ and Jesus. Christ is not Jesus’ last name, as if His name could’ve just as easily been Jesus Smith, or Jesus Johnson. (If we're actually looking for His last name, it was likely ben Yosef.) The word Christ … Continue reading How is Jesus, God with us?
"Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." These words from the Gospel of Luke are being played out before our eyes daily. Though there are many situations all over the world that we could rightly call crises, there is one in our own culture that seeps down to the deepest level of our … Continue reading A Sickness of the Soul
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
[NOTE: This article was first published by Bible Study Tools on 5/23/19. I have to say this was one of the most joy-filled and rewarding things I have ever written. The more I kept searching through the Scriptures, the more these examples of women in essential leadership roles and significant theological concepts kept coming out. The … Continue reading The Bible has much to say about the value of women in the Church. So much.