Relief AND Development

When reading the transcript of the meeting of the World Council of Churches in Nicosia, Cyprus, in 1969, I was struck by the idea that “relief work” in so many NGO contexts had been dissected...

/ May 7, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 17 (April 22 – 28)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. My writing pace picked back up last week! It tends to do that when I get back into my fiction. As I’ve noted before, I write fiction considerably faster...

/ May 4, 2018

Empowering Refugees to Stay Close to Home: Part II

Last week I talked about two practical actions the church can take to encourage and enable refugees to remain close to their homes and homelands. This is a continuation of that thinking. Practical Action 3:...

/ April 30, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 16 (April 15 – 21)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. Last week was a bit slower than Week 15, which had been my most prolific of the year. I traveled for business this week, which cut into my writing...

/ April 27, 2018

Empowering Refugees to Stay Close to Home: Part I

In light of the “refugee crisis” in Europe and fearful refugee policies mounting in the United States, it is not surprising that many believe the first course of action provided to refugees is resettlement. That,...

/ April 23, 2018

Reveling and Wrestling Through ‘The Heart of Man’

It’s a docu-drama that wraps a handful of deeply personal interviews around a sincerely affecting retelling of the story of the prodigal son. Watching the movie on a whim, without any prior context, I was...

/ April 18, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 15 (April 8 – 14)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. Last week was my most prolific week of 2018. I wrote more than 12,000 words, crossing the 10,000-word mark for the first time this year. I’ve been surprised over...

/ April 17, 2018

Responding to Refugeeism: A Three-Pronged Plan of Action

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. – Matthew...

/ April 16, 2018

Three Views on Tax Reform

With Tax Day nearly upon us–and a couple months removed from a significant tax overhaul in this country–I am reminded of the fascinating book I read at the start of this year: Arnold Kling’s “Three...

/ April 13, 2018

Assessing My Writing Goals After Three Months – Q1

At the start of the year, I set out writing goals for myself. These goals were part of a larger investment strategy—investing in skills and desires such that they compound to reach long-term objectives bigger...

/ April 12, 2018