It’s Easter this side of the Schism

Everything is cancelled this week.  School, programs, events, regular meetings.  Talk to friends, “Can you get together?”  Sorry, we’re busy getting ready for Easter.  What could you possibly be doing for an entire week to prepare for Easter?  By default, I viewed their Easter preparations through my cultural lens.  This celebration was far in the… Read More It’s Easter this side of the Schism

Thinking Biblically in an election year, no matter where you live

Like millions of people outside the United States, I am watching the U.S. elections from afar but with great interest. Given the headlines and the articles on my news feed, on any given day my emotions can range from incredulity and disgust to pangs of dread over the potential outcome. As a student of political… Read More Thinking Biblically in an election year, no matter where you live

Where Can We Be Safe?

This piece I wrote was published at The Gospel Coalition nearly two weeks ago.  In light of recent events, it’s more timely than ever. ********************************************************************************************************************** Last spring I promised my kids a visit to a new playground. It was early evening when we pulled up to the play structure in an urban Virginia neighborhood a mile from… Read More Where Can We Be Safe?

Who is on the front line of the refugee crisis?

Men, women and children serge toward the fence under the watchful eye of border police.  Babies nap in weary strollers caked with mud.  Lines of people move in a slow shuffle, all that remains of their worldly possessions slung over their shoulder in backpacks that used to carry their university study books.  Young professionals, now… Read More Who is on the front line of the refugee crisis?