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

5 Reasons Immigrants and Refugees Are the Church’s Responsibility

It is puzzling to see so many evangelicals still standing firmly against compassionate actions on behalf of immigrants and refugees. Don't get me wrong; I understand immigration issues are complex. Believe me. I have learned more in the last two years from ground zero of this debate than I ever imagined I could. Certainly the … Continue reading 5 Reasons Immigrants and Refugees Are the Church’s Responsibility

A Time to Listen

The venerable fourth century pastor John Chrysostom faced a predicament. A group of widows had become some of the most prominent leaders in the church at Antioch, and their influence was increasing. Though he described them as "cherished," they had also grown increasingly vocal which apparently had created some conflict. In a surprising show of … Continue reading A Time to Listen