Fan into flame the gift… On a Sunday in early October, Mike Neelley and I went into Skagit County Jail together for our weekly services. Five men gathered around a stainless steel table cemented into the floor. We began with a prayer and then I passed out photocopies of 2 Timothy 1:6-14 – the passage […]
Dying to our own agendas… The last day of our trip to Morocco overlapped with the Pope’s visit. We had just completed the final module of our Certificate in Transformational Ministry at the Margins with 40 French-speaking Sub-Sahara African migrants. I was tired but excited after having spent time visiting house churches and engaging with serious missional […]
Welcoming and becoming strangers… We have spent the past ten days with Sub-Saharan African migrants in Egypt and Morocco—most of whom are undocumented (“strangers”). Spending time with these vulnerable and courageous people has refreshed our perspective on life and faith. I share these thoughts on migration and immigration in response to disturbing news articles I’m […]
The prophetic witness of Christians before the State has too often been muted by a surface reading of the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 13:1-7, with its infamous “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God” (Rom. 13:1).
Bob Ekblad has spent 25 years in international mission and is particularly passionate about working with the poor and ethnic minorities, as well as teaching on Mission and Social Justice. To read more from Bob and to find out about his work, visit his website here. A judgment parable… Jesus’ parable of the judgment of […]
For years now David has focused on households as sheep pens, identifying “people of peace” as Jesus directed in Luke 10. We call these “households in transformation”, whose hosts welcome Jesus’ sent ones–offering hospitality, receiving prayer for healing and the message shared about Jesus’ transforming love.
“What’s your name?” I asked. “Sean” which he pronounced seen. I then told him that God notices him all the time and knows his pain.
A hardening of attitudes toward immigrants and refugees is increasingly noticeable in Europe and North America of late.