The Blessing of Refugees: Cultural Contributions of Refugees

Beyond the net positive economic impact of uprooted peoples resettled in our countries, refugees can bless our communities culturally. When God’s people were in exile in a foreign land, swept off to Babylon in captivity,...

/ August 13, 2018

It Turns Out Older Churches Are More Progressive Than Newer Ones

What with the secularization of American society, increasing moves toward and beyond relativism, and advancing political progressivism, one might presume new church plants are more liberal than churches planted 50 or 100 years ago. Actually,...

/ August 10, 2018

The Blessing of Refugees: Economic Contributions of Refugees

Out of Egypt I called my son. – Hosea 11:1 It was out of refugeeism that God returned the Messiah to Israel. It was out of foreignness that the Savior of the world came. Not...

/ August 6, 2018

Arm’s-Length Prejudice and Real Respect

Imagine a guy who looks like a member of Hell’s Angels—tatted, scruffy, big-bearded, and all black leather—walks into a corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago. Think of a kid in a Bernie Sanders shirt that gives...

/ August 2, 2018

Seeking Salvation–Without Soul Vulturing

As much as refugees need fame; as much as they need freedom from political, economic, and social oppression; as much as they need food, water, and shelter; we know—as Christians and as Christian humanitarians—that at...

/ July 30, 2018

Born Again Unto Knowledge

Basis for Knowledge Cornelius Van Til, one of the great Reformed thinkers, wrote a letter to Francis Schaeffer about “the God who is there.” A considerable portion of Van Til’s work aimed to establish a...

/ July 25, 2018

Making Refugees Famous: Raising Awareness

As the Church adopts a new, strong, righteous presence in this age of the uprooted, increasingly stepping into positions and platforms that equip it to hear, understand, serve, and be served by refugees, it needs...

/ July 23, 2018

Turkey Keeps American Pastor Behind Bars—At Least for Three More Months: Christianity Today

This story is published in full at Christianity Today. After nearly two years in a Turkish prison, hopes for the release of American pastor Andrew Brunson have been deferred. A Turkish court ordered 50-year-old pastor to remain...

/ July 19, 2018

10 Presences the Church Can Practice for Refugees

Presence 1: Live a Public, Political Faith The Church can live out a public religion, as it was always meant to. Christianity was never intended to be a privatized faith, as though it has no...

/ July 16, 2018

On Repentance: What Is Our Assurance in Repentance?

We’ve looked at three questions about repentance so far: 1) Why repent? 2) What is repentance? and 3) How do we repent? We would do well to look at one further aspect of repentance, one...

/ July 14, 2018