Evangelicals have grown fond of using the term "worldview," which we typically define as something like, "the lens through which we view God, creation, religion, culture, tribe, family, ourselves, and others." Worldview is definitely a real factor in every facet of life, but it is by definition subjective. Our lenses are shaped by many uncontrollable … Continue reading An Incomplete Worldview and Advent
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)
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