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How Your Church Can Help Refugees

The following article appeared in Christianity Today online: As I boarded an airplane for Jordan in early January to deliver medicines from MAP International to Syrian and Iraqui refugees, my church, National Presbyterian in Washington, DC, was making final plans to resettle a refugee family in the US. I was overseas helping stock Jordanian refugee […]

Go and Tell

The first time I visited a poor country I was suddenly aware of my true value to the world. I had no medical skills to help the sick. I didn’t know how to dig a well to provide clean water. I knew little about the crops that grew or how to make them more productive. […]

Believers Visit Baptism Site in Jordan

 For most Americans, Epiphany (Jan. 6) passes with little celebration. Traditionally, the 12th day of Christmas is marked by Eastern Orthodox, Catholics and some mainline Protestants as the day the three kings visited the baby Jesus. For Eastern Rite Christians, Epiphany (also called Theophany) emphasizes the revelation of Jesus as the son of God through his baptism and […]

Why Am I Not Poor?

For many years I sat in a pew on Sundays, listening to occasional sermons about the poor, giving to special offerings and looking appropriately sympathetic and concerned about poverty. But I did not truly- in evangelical speak- have a heart for the poor. For much of the rest of the week I was consumed with […]

New Beginnings

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year.  It’s a time of new beginnings; a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over again.  During the High Holy Days (or Days of Penitence) one is to examine the words, deeds and intentions of the previous year and repent of wrong doings.  This […]