Who Is a Refugee?

Even though refugees have been a major subject in the news for the last several years, there are still a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about who refugees are. In this post I want to address the answer to the question: who is a refugee? I will also clarify some other terms that are sometimes…

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An Interview with Jessica Udall

Today, I’m thrilled to share an interview with Jessica Udall, whose book, Loving the Stranger, I reviewed last month. Jessica and I have been getting to know each other through email for the last few months, and I am constantly encouraged by her heart for immigrants and her commitment to enthusiastically sharing practical resources and…

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How to Talk About Refugees With Christians

There is so much in Scripture to support welcoming refugees and having compassion toward strangers, that it should be easy to talk about refugees with Christians. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many Christians are unaware that Bible addresses displacement, or they are more concerned with the position of their political party than the…

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A Better Country Book Review

“Like refugees, all we who are in Christ are considered sojourners, aliens, and pilgrims on earth (1 Chr 29:15; 1 Pet 1:17). Like the giants of the faith listed in Hebrews 11, we acknowledge that we are strangers and exiles. Yet as strangers and exiles we are not aimless, nor are we hopeless. Rather, we…

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Refugees and the Alt-Right

Last weekend, the devastating events in Charlottesville, and the non-response of President Trump consumed the news. The extreme right’s message of superiority, isolationism, and white nationalism is growing stronger and stronger. For those of us who find this message appalling, it is up to us to speak out. I firmly believe that faithful Christians have…

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Loving the Stranger Book Review

Jessica Udall begins her self-published book, Loving the Stranger by telling her readers that the words she has written come from her heart. But after completing her book last week I would have known without a doubt that it was written from her heart, even if she had not explicitly said so. Jessica has spent…

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