“God Blessed my Church with Immigrants like Cesar” – Christianity Today article BONUS MATERIAL

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

A Word about Conflict in Church

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

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

When Refugees/Immigrants Become Church Family

There are those few moments in the life of a church that will be remembered for many years after. I have to believe this was one of those moments.  No one could communicate the way God has blessed our international and refugee ministry at South Tulsa in the last 18 months better than these three … Continue reading When Refugees/Immigrants Become Church Family

A Call to Congress and the Church to Speak and Act for “Dreamers”

Because quotes or statements can often be taken of context in the media, here is my full statement from today's press conference in DC: As a pastor, it is neither my calling nor my job to write bills or advocate for laws specifically. It is my call  to mobilize people to serve those God has … Continue reading A Call to Congress and the Church to Speak and Act for “Dreamers”

It’s OK to Disagree with Others (but there is a right way to do it) – from Philip Spener c. 1675

I was asked by a friend recently, "How do we possibly argue for biblical truth with all of the contentious issues in our world today?" The answer I gave to my friend has not changed: "However we do it, we must do it with humility." We live in a culture that thrives on inflated opinions, … Continue reading It’s OK to Disagree with Others (but there is a right way to do it) – from Philip Spener c. 1675

How I Offended my Homeless Friend

A few weeks ago, I preached a message at our church from James 2:14-18 (see below) in which I made the following statement: "James the Apostle understood that the poor, needy, and under-resourced are fertile ground for the good news we call the gospel message. They are often broken people who are keenly aware of … Continue reading How I Offended my Homeless Friend