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Tension at the Threshold: Hospitality and Immigration (Part 3)

Hospitality toward immigrants is a culture in the kingdom of our re-birth, and evidence of it abounds in Scripture. Cities of Refuge in Num. 35 offer the church a relevant model of hospitality toward the immigrant and refugee. Yet, biblical aids to relearn Christian hospitality toward immigrants do not stop in the Bronze Age.

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Tension at the Threshold: Hospitality and Immigration (Part 2)

Find part 1 and part 3 of this series. – “People are attempting to enter the country to do us harm.” “Removing borders is not loving toward my family whom I’m called to protect.” “Our church resources are limited. We can barely care for our own families; we can’t care for refugee families.” Fair concerns remain about…

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Healthy Small Church Looks Inward and Outward for Purpose

As you leave the Texas Panhandle and cross the state line into Oklahoma, there is a quiet and almost extinct community. As you travel down the highway, you take a turn at an old, rundown gas station, which is not open on Sundays, and travel a few miles on the county road before…

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Tension at the Threshold: Hospitality and Immigration (Part 1)

Few words reverberate more in our churches than immigrant. The woman who sits directly in front of the pulpit each Sunday conjures the smile of her German mother who came to America after WWII. The young couple from Las Vegas who sits in the back with their baby recoil at memories of the…

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Listen, Read, Act on Contemporary Issues Like Immigration

I stopped listening so much to the political noise around contemporary issues and started doing three key things that I want to tell you about in this article. They are as simple as they are largely unpracticed. Ready for them? First, I started listening to people at the heart of the “issue.” I’ll…

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Hospitality Ministry: As Old as Pentecost

Our church is launching a new hospitality initiative to better engage our guests on Sundays. So I’ve been reading the book of Acts, paying attention to what this story of the early church teaches about being a community toward which people gravitate. My approach is simple: Anytime Luke says the church grew (which…

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Lean on virtue’s side: An early-morning reflection on Alexander Campbell

The quote above is from pages 440-441 of Silena Huntington Campbell’s book Home Life and Reminiscences of Alexander Campbell. She is reflecting on her husband’s (Alexander Campbell) personality and disposition and she has some rather wonderful things to say.  Look at him…consistent, calm, just.  She paints a flattering portrait. At the same time,…

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