Tag Archives: Kingdom

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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A Missional Plea for Christian Pacifism

My, how the church has changed. Historically speaking, pacifism appears the unquestioned stance of the New Testament and the early church. Before the age of Constantine and the onset of Christendom, the church fathers held a consistently strong line against Christian participation in war and violence. One can find exceptions of course, but…

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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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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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Discipling Children, Part 2: Children as Covenant People

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind. (John…

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