Tag: church

Why the Church Needs to Care About Refugees

Through Moses, God ordered the Israelites to care for the aliens among them. The Israelites and the apostles were told to care for strangers. Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan. Every sermon you’ve...

/ March 19, 2018

Why the Church Has a Unique Role in Responding to Refugeeism

For thousands of years the people of God have been part of the ever-unfolding story of exiles and migrants in the world. We have been refugees, refugee-makers, and sources of refuge. This is no less...

/ March 12, 2018

The Church’s strong showing on behalf of refugees

I attended a Catholic mass on Sunday. The message there, and across the Catholic universe, came from the Beatitudes.  Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those...

/ January 31, 2017

A prayer for the President and the Church on Inauguration Day

Father in Heaven, We praise you because you are always good. Always sovereign. Always loving. We praise you because the government is on your shoulders. You are King of kings and Lord of lords. We...

/ January 20, 2017

Dayenu – It would have been enough

It’s Maundy (mandatum) Thursday, the day Jesus gave his mandate: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another....

/ April 2, 2015

And There Was Great Rejoicing in Ongata Rongai

It was fitting that our first full day in Nairobi was a Sunday, a very necessary Sabbath after an eventful and far-from relaxing day of travel. After spending 16 hours in narrow metal canisters shooting...

/ September 28, 2014

Can we safeguard against bad missions?

Over the last few years, I’ve thought a fair amount about mission work – the opportunity, the necessity, the privilege, but also the evils and hurt of it. Many of those thoughts have bounced around again,...

/ September 15, 2014

30-minute church, and I’ll have fries with that

Church, the abridged version, isn’t a new idea. Churches have tried all kinds of adaptations to get bodies in the pews. Perhaps most famously, Mike Huckabee’s church tried a 30-minute service in 2008, “designed with...

/ June 16, 2014

Sex, Dating, and Icelandic Sheep

Here you go, world. Thoughts on dating as Christians. First I look at why dating is so tough for so many Christians. Second is what’s wrong with the current “Christian” approach to dating. Third, I get...

/ May 27, 2014

8 Reasons You Should Bail on Your Bible App and Get Back to Your Hardcopy

The Bible is not just any old book. It’s alive. The stories in it have actual power. It is the Word of God. And because there’s a spirit and a strength to this book, we...

/ April 7, 2014