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
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 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 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
God has brought hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world into our communities in the last few decades. Many of these people come from places the Church has been unable to reach in substantial ways. Perhaps it is precisely because we have not been able to go to them, that God has … Continue reading God is speaking to His people through immigrants and refugees. Will we listen?
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”
Who ought to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves? The ending to my last post included these words: "There are many in the world who have no platform and no voice. Only others can speak on their behalf. If we are unwilling to risk speaking [for them], who will?" God said to His … Continue reading A Different Lens – Speaking Up