Neither Slave Nor Free, Legal Resident Nor Refugee

When I hear Mara’s story–a story of intimidation that led to flight that led to poverty that led to a waning hope–I understand, but I cannot imagine. I listen, but I cannot relate. I can...

/ February 19, 2018

The Parable of the Fast

The Fast was coming, and the Dignitary knew if he was going to give himself to the people, he must first give himself to God. He sought out the Seer and asked him, “What does...

/ February 16, 2018

What Do Explorers Pack?

In the February 12 and 19 issues of The New Yorker, David Grann gives us the fascinating story of Henry Worsley, a modern arctic explorer. In the footsteps of his hero, Ernest Shackleton, Worsley made...

/ February 15, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 6 (Feb. 4 – Feb. 10)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. I wrote a fair amount last week, but slowed down in terms of published output. It was the first week I only posted three pieces to my blog, though...

/ February 14, 2018

The Church and the Refugee

Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a foreigner, a stranger, as all my ancestors were. – Psalm 39:12 Isis...

/ February 12, 2018

Judges: ICE Can’t Deport 100 Christians to Indonesia (Yet)

This story is published in full at Christianity Today On February 1, a federal judge put a halt to the deportation of about 50 Indonesian Christians living in New Hampshire. The next day, a different...

/ February 8, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 5 (Jan. 28 – Feb. 3)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. I wrote more last week than in any other week of 2018 so far, despite taking Saturday off. The sum is due in large part to a splurge in...

/ February 7, 2018

The Church Is the Best First Responder

The powers and principalities of this world are what they are, and while they can certainly be reformed, we should not expect they can be fully redeemed at this stage of the gospel narrative. As...

/ February 5, 2018

Recovering Eden

Eden Strategic Planning Our task in resuscitating the blessed garden of creation is not, firstly, to remove all pain from the world. Sorrow, grief, toil are the new conditions, like moss on all the trees,...

/ February 2, 2018

Foreign Policy in President Trump’s State of the Union

Donald Trump is a self-proclaimed “America First” president. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that has translated into a much stronger focus on domestic issues than foreign policy. This is not to say President Trump has no foreign policy,...

/ February 1, 2018