Following the Light into Sierra Leone

October 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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The paved highway ended and we turned onto red dirt roads made slick by the rainy season. Two lanes soon become one and turned upward through a potholed maze of boulders and washed-out trails, that twisted our truck higher and higher into the thickening canopy. When the trail stopped, we […]

Skittle or Brothers? The metaphors of Refugees

September 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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The Trump campaign and twitter have been interesting bedfellows this election cycle. Most recently, it was Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr. who has caused the uproar. In a tweet sent earlier in the week, Trump, Jr. posted an image through which an analogy was drawn between refugees and a bowl […]

Wise as Serpents

November 5, 2015 at 9:24 am
Egyptian policemen secure Egypt s national police academy, where an Egyptian criminal court sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and 12 Brotherhood leaders and Islamist supporters to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The ruling, which can be appealed, reflects the dramatic downfall of Morsi and the drastic challenges facing Egypt since its 2011 uprising that forced longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

“If he is discovered, he will be executed.” The car was winding through Spanish hillsides covered with olive trees as far as the eye could see. The words slipped from the mouth of my driver casually, as if he was talking about the weather or his plans for the weekend. […]

First they came for the Muslim…

July 24, 2015 at 6:16 pm
First they came for the Muslim: A Response to Franklin Graham

“We should stop all immigration of Muslims to the U.S.” With these words Franklin Graham ignited a wave of controversy last week through his facebook page. Responding to the murder of four Marines killed by Mohammad Abdulazeez in Chatanooga, Graham likened Muslims to the Japanese and Germans of WWII, exhorting the public […]

Thy Kingdom Come

June 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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It’s 6:00 am on a Saturday morning and the people from the village have gathered to pray. Not trite prayers, not little prayers, but prayers of power, prayers of deliverance, prayers of confession and prayers of tears. I shuffle in among them and I am handed a small shard of […]

My Enemy, My Brother

May 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm
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“Right away he changed into a human, not an enemy, not a killer…an angel coming to me and coming with me in the bunker.” – Najah Aboud, My Enemy, My Brother Ann Shin has begun to work on a new documentary that traces the story of two sworn enemies who save […]

Not all Christians are Terrorists

May 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm
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Suppose for a moment that there was an attack on a government building several years ago that killed thousands of people. And suppose that the atrocity was committed by a very small band of cult members who opposed a number of policies instituted by our government, including the right to […]