How Should We Respond to the Refugee Crisis?

We live in a time of an unprecedented global exodus as people flee from war and conflict. It’s staggering. As I write this, residents of Avdiyivka, Ukraine may have to flee violence as fighting has escalated there in recent days. We know a Ukrainian military chaplain in the conflict zone. They need our prayers. More…

What is Truth?

After Solzhenitsyn was stripped of his Soviet citizenship in the seventies, he wrote a parting letter, “Live Not by Lies”, to the intelligentsia admonishing them not to participate in or support a lie. He wrote, “In our country, the daily lie is not the whim of corrupt nature, but a mode of existence, a condition…

Crossing the Divide

Violence and pain erupted and sent shock waves out across the United States last week revealing racial tensions that, if left unaddressed, will not go away. As someone who ministers cross-culturally, I seek to know and understand people in another part of the world by honoring them, respecting their history and dreams, and seeking to…

The Cry for Relationship in Our Cities

As I got off the subway in Manhattan, I passed a guy who was walking up the stairs while reading Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. It’s based on the premise that mankind’s primary pursuit is not pleasure, but meaning. Fair enough. In New York City, you can multiply both pursuits by the millions….

How Can We Address the Underlying Causes of Injustice?

  “I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes.” MLK Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only…

Living in Joy & Gratitude while Engaging Real Suffering

Two predominant thoughts were on my mind this morning: the difficult challenges and suffering in our world in recent weeks, and the day we will set aside to give thanks to God in a few days. The two may seem contradictory, but they are not. They were not contradictory for Jesus. They were not contradictory for…

Speaking Up for the Value of Human Life

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8 55 million babies have been aborted in the U.S. since Roe vs Wade in 1973. I didn’t want to write about my recent trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was deeply personal and moving, so I kept it private until the recent video came out of…

A Nation Torn, Yet Being Made Whole

We recently returned from a month-long ministry trip to Europe. I will write more broadly about Europe soon, but first I’ll give a snapshot of Ukraine. One of the most striking things about Lviv (the cultural center of western Ukraine) and Kyiv (the capital) where I recently visited is their normalcy. When you walk down the…

If My Worlds Could Converge

I have moved five times internationally. Three moves were planned and two were sudden. And yes, there’s a huge difference between the types of moves. During one move, I felt like I had stepped out of a black and white indie film into a Disney movie. Throughout the span of our lives as missionaries, I have…