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
[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.
The link to the full text of my latest article from The Christian Post is below. Since having written this piece, we have learned that some are claiming the bombings in Sri Lanka are a retaliation for the mosque shootings in New Zealand. Whether or not that is true, the simple suggestion of the idea … Continue reading Sri Lanka, Persecution, and Religious Freedom
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”
How might you handle a minor disagreement with someone if you knew it would be remembered and talked about two thousand years later? As Paul closed out the letter to the Church at Philippi, a church that we could argue was as healthy and effective as any we find in the New Testament, he mentioned … Continue reading A Word about Conflict in Church
I must confess I have struggled with some significant prejudices during my life. I am so thankful for God's grace that has broken through and continues to break through the hard shell of my presuppositions about others. Yet I know that even now I hold some opinions about others, both individuals and groups, that are … Continue reading Our opinions say more about us than about “them.”