Justice in the Old Testament and missional church
Jazz-Talk: Biblical Law Shapes Missional Communities
- One Sermon in Two-Hundred Vancouver Churches on June 11: Welcoming the Stranger
- Ancient Laws for New Challenges: The Ten Commandments as a Critique of Inequality
- A Stranger Kind of Love: Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis
- Plans to deregulate Wall Street
- Undocumented Immigrants and Refugees “Living in Sin”?
Category Archives: politics
Enjoying a slow read through the opening chapters of Exodus. At the beginning of Exodus, Pharaoh is, for all that most people can see, the unchallenged divine king of Egypt. Pharaoh’s rule is horrific, but then, mass enslavement and massive … Continue reading
Christmas day is a celebration, which Herod must not hear of. Christmas is a whispered celebration. I am not sure that we understand Christmas yet, we western Christians. May I try and unpack this season theologically? I begin with the seasons – please … Continue reading
I have had a short article published in light of the upcoming Canadian elections: “Voting and the Kingdom of God.” At the polling booth this election, Christ followers can be guided by the biblical story, which unfolds Christ’s restoring purposes … Continue reading
May I please share with you my article just published with Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, titled: ”Ancient Laws and New Canadian Refugee Legislation: Evaluating Bill C-31 in Light of the Book of Deuteronomy“. Refuge is a prestigious academic journal … Continue reading
Does Obamacare match with Biblical ethics? The Government shutdown may be a fitting time to reflect.
During this U.S. Government shutdown, it may be an fitting for American Christians to consider how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, at the centre of the dispute, matches up with Biblical ethics. It seems that Biblical … Continue reading
Kevin Rudd (Australian PM) is misinformed on slavery in the Bible – Biblical law is life-giving for slaves too
So the Bible says that slavery is a ‘natural condition’, Kevin Rudd (Prime Minister of Australia)? You are misinformed. Slavery was a central pillar of ancient Near Eastern society – the cultural background for the Old Testament (OT) – so … Continue reading
CASE magazine has just published my article, ‘Laws of Inclusion and Strategies of Exclusion: New Australian Asylum Seeker Policy Under the Scrutiny of Deuteronomy.’ (3,500 words) It is an extensive discussion both of Australian asylum seeker policy and biblical ethics … Continue reading
You might like to read my article, ‘Loving the Stranger in Our Midst’, published online by the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX). It offers a biblical critique of Australian asylum seeker policy. Would you please considering ‘sharing’ the article (from … Continue reading
Australian Refugee Policy for Dummies #3: PNG is violent and dangerous—Rudd’s policy is harsh and selfish.
The intention to send all asylum seekers to PNG convinces me that the new policy is motivated by selfish national interest, and desperation for political popularity. This blog is the third in a series of blogs that seek to explain … Continue reading
Over the next couple of weeks I will blog regularly on Australian refugee policy, in order to explain how it works, and to offer scrutiny in light of scripture. These blogs are prompted by the Rudd Government’s recent decision to … Continue reading