Today feels dreadful. No matter what takes place in our country and around the world, I have no doubt that every possible avenue of communication will be full of hateful and immature behavior. Even if we turn off our notifications, choose not to scroll down our social media feeds, and keep the TV off, it … Continue reading Today, you and I have choices.
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
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 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
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
There is much ado about the developing at situation Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) with its president Paige Patterson, which also has significant implications for the upcoming annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), and the SBC as a whole. This scenario has become another unfortunate chapter in SBC life, and at SWBTS, an institution … Continue reading A Few Thoughts about Conflict ahead of SWBTS Trustee Meeting 5/22/18
A few months ago, I wrote a short piece about our growing international and refugee ministry at South Tulsa, and shared briefly some of the "adventures" we have faced as along the way. Click on either link below to read more of our story . . . https://www.worldrelief.org/blog/love-hopes-all-things http://evangelicalimmigrationtable.com/category/blog/ I have learned much in … Continue reading Love and Hope for Immigrants and Refugees