I’m glad you’re reading this. To know another person is grace.

My name is Griffin Paul Jackson. I live in the Midwest and my heart wanders between Michigan and the Middle East.

Like every griffin, I’m a hybrid: journalist, international relations scholar, lay theologian. I love looking at the intersection of faith and culture, people and powers. I spend a lot of time writing about the theology of refugeeism, what Icelandic sheep can tell us about dating, and why Tolkien was really writing about social media.

I spent three years with the Chicago Tribune, then moved to Lebanon to do emergency response work with refugees. Now I’m back in Chicago and continue to work with uprooted people.

I’m seeking God in the extraordinary and finding him in the ordinary. I write everywhere and all the time. I love to look at the world, especially the powers in it—culture, politics, thought leaders, and the Church—and ask questions.


How should we think about this?

What now?

I’d love for you to share in this conversation. Please ask questions and add insights. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for joining me!


  1. Griffin,
    You wrote a wonderful article about why I’m a Christian despite other Christians.
    It reminds me of Rev. Eppinga’s first book: For Sinners Only.

    Have you heard of an amazing Korean Christian who provides scholarships for Calvin students who are the children of missionaries? He has donated over $1 million for the Calvin scholarships. He owns the clothing stores named Forever 21. This is part of his testimony:

    “Forever 21 has received attention in the media[6] for printing “John 3:16” on the bottom of their trademark yellow bags. Founder and CEO Do Won Chang spoke about why he puts the Bible verse on the bags saying, “It shows us how much God loves us. The love he gave us, by giving us his only son, Jesus, was so unbelievable to me. I hoped others would learn of God’s love. So that’s why I put it there.”[7]”

    Keep up the great, thought-provoking writing.
    Connie DeVries


  2. Alissa Garbini July 22, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Just trying to sign up for updates.


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