Thanksgiving in Prison

November 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

“I am disappointed that I am so weak. I feel at the point of failure” The words repeated themselves several times throughout the letter, punctuated with additional confessions of panic attacks, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and fear.   The letter was sent from a fellow colleague in ministry, and had I not […]

Following the Light into Sierra Leone

October 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

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

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 […]

A Christmas Carol for Refugees

December 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

As we enter into the season of Advent our family has chosen to return to the Charles Dicken’s classic A Christmas Carol for our bedtime reading. In many ways the story is so familiar that is scarcely needs any explanation. And yet, I have also found that the retelling (and retelling, and […]

Wise as Serpents

November 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

“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

“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

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 […]

Hillsong “This is Life?”

January 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

     Last week I received an email from a colleague of mine working in the Middle East. His intention was to assure us that he was keenly aware of the imminent danger posed to his family in light of the spread of terror groups like ISIS into the area. After […]

Not all Christians are Terrorists

May 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm

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 […]

Loving Our Neighbors: Borderland Review

April 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I once traveled south of Texas to a small border town in Mexico called Reynosa. Along with a handful of other high school students, I spent the week building a small, makeshift shelter for a family and playing soccer with the children of the village in yards of dust and […]