Advocacy and the Democratic Process

As a child, I traveled to Washington D.C. like many American school children do, to visit the historic seat of our country’s government. I toured the Capitol building, staring up in awe at the ceiling of the rotunda, and admiring the gilded hallways leading to the House and the Senate. I visited every memorial on…

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First They Killed My Father: A Film Review

First They Killed My Father is a Netflix original film directed by Angelina Jolie and based on the book with the same name written by Loung Ung. At the age of five, Loung survived the Cambodian genocide, which was carried out by the Communist Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979. Through Loung’s eyes the audience witnesses…

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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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