In Syria, this may be the last Christmas for Christian communities who’ve been there since the first century.

If the U.S. fails to act, ancient Christian communities dating back to the Book of Acts might soon be deserted. Since the first mission movements of the Early Church, Assyrian (Syriac) churches have never failed to maintain a confessional Christian presence in or near their original lands. If the current crisis facing northeastern Syria worsens, … Continue reading In Syria, this may be the last Christmas for Christian communities who’ve been there since the first century.

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

Syrian children are not politics.

These children are not politics. They are casualties, and their stories are tragic. Their world is the definition of a living nightmare, and images of thousands of Syrian children just like them assail us daily. My heart breaks for these people in so many ways. Anyone who knows me well could tell you how often … Continue reading Syrian children are not politics.