To Those Who Left; To Those Who Stayed

To those of you who left America this summer... Know that the hardest part about leaving will be returning; know that the reverse-culture shock will often hit you harder than the initial culture shock of a new country; know that your thoughts might be irrational and offensive to others as you process your trip; have … Continue reading To Those Who Left; To Those Who Stayed

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Something Irresistible—The Journey of a Syrian Refugee

Grenoble, France—June 13, 2017 Grant: Tell me your story. Philip: I’m from Syria. I lived in Damascus, the capital of Syria. I’m from a Muslim background. My family is originally from the Syrian coast. I was born in 1990 and my family was close-to-Atheist. We haven’t practiced the Islamic rituals. Because of the Communist influence … Continue reading Something Irresistible—The Journey of a Syrian Refugee

Behind the Veil of Villeneuve {Photo Story #1}

We spent hours in prayer and worship amidst our time in Villeneuve knowing that without it our time would be wasted. Ministry, especially cross-cultural, must be seasoned with prayer before, during, and after. "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective"  —James 5:16b.      “Today we labored in prayer for hours in Villeneuve, … Continue reading Behind the Veil of Villeneuve {Photo Story #1}

The Sin of Safety: Why Accepting Refugees Shouldn’t Be a Question

Last month I wrote the first of (hopefully) three blogs addressing current issues I see hindering the witness of the Church today. The first being our view on race which you can read here. The second, which I will be focusing on today, is our view of the foreigner. Should America accept refugees? Talk about … Continue reading The Sin of Safety: Why Accepting Refugees Shouldn’t Be a Question

The Family Issue of Racism

Earlier this month, a group of Moody Bible Institute students held an event called Theology of Remembrance. Art, poetry, and photography was presented to help remember the injustices our country has seen. Guests were guided through a showcase depicting the horrors of our history from the near genocide of Native Americans, enslavement of African Americans, Jim Crow Laws against … Continue reading The Family Issue of Racism

How We Should Enter the Colin Kaepernick Conversation

If you've turned on ESPN, scrolled through Facebook, or listened to sports talk radio in the past few days, then you've probably heard of Colin Kaepernick's controversial decision to not stand during the National Anthem at the 49ers preseason game this past Friday. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag … Continue reading How We Should Enter the Colin Kaepernick Conversation