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)

Social Justice and the Art of Listening

The Church and culture are usually at odds. For followers of Jesus, this should be neither surprising nor upsetting. Jesus warned us that our faith and obedience would often bring us into conflict with those around us, and that sometimes we would even be hated because of Him. Yet even if we find ourselves in … Continue reading Social Justice and the Art of Listening

An Appeal for Persecuted Christians Around the World

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

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

The Good Samaritan: An Asylum-Seeker Perspective

Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan, which is among the most well-known stories ever told, still has much to teach us. I have set out to retell this parable from a few different contemporary angles to remind us of Jesus' universal application: Every person is my neighbor including, and indeed especially, the foreigner (Leviticus 19:34). … Continue reading The Good Samaritan: An Asylum-Seeker Perspective

The Good Samaritan: A Syrian Perspective

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-36) is among the most well-known stories ever told, even for those unfamiliar with the Bible. For the contemporary reader,  the parable is also one of the easiest to misunderstand. Today, the term Samaritan is synonymous with offering assistance to strangers. In the Jewish world in which Jesus taught, … Continue reading The Good Samaritan: A Syrian Perspective

Some Talking Points for those Conflicted about Immigrants and Refugees

If you find the immigration issues the U.S. is facing right now to be confusing, you are not alone. If you are conflicted because your heart is hurting for families and children that are suffering but you also believe there are legitimate concerns regarding laws, security, and general well-being, you are also not alone. Be … Continue reading Some Talking Points for those Conflicted about Immigrants and Refugees