Category Archives: stranger/alien/outsider/refugee

One Sermon in Two-Hundred Vancouver Churches on June 11: Welcoming the Stranger

[A shorter version of this blog appeared in The Light Magazine, Apr 2017] The same sermon theme will be preached in over one-hundred-and-fifty Vancouver churches on Sunday June 11, this year. Our theme: welcoming the stranger. I feel giddy with anticipation … Continue reading

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“Ancient Laws and New Canadian Refugee Legislation: An article with “Refuge” journal.

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

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New article with CASE magazine: Laws of Inclusion and Strategies of Exclusion

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

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The PNG Solution and Biblical Ethics – a new article with Eternity Newspaper

May I please invite you to read my new article on Australian asylum seeker policy, published online with Eternity Newspaper, ‘The PNG Solution and Biblical Ethics‘? A note to Christian readers, if I may: This is an issue upon which … Continue reading

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You might like to read my article, ‘Loving the Stranger in Our Midst’

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

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Australian Refugee Policy for Dummies #4: Australia is not pulling its weight in refugee settlement.

Here is the fourth in a series of blogs responding to Rudd’s new asylum seeker policy. A critique from scripture follows a critical discussion of Australian policy. Rudd’s new policy is accompanied by a rise in his popularity. Why? A … Continue reading

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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

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Australian Refugee Policy for Dummies #2: Excise the Australian mainland from the migration zone

This is the second in a series of blogs that seek to explain Australian refugee policy and to offer critique from culture and scripture. These blogs are prompted by the Rudd Government’s recent decision to remove all asylum seekers arriving … Continue reading

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Australian Refugee Policy for Dummies #1: Disingenuous Rhetoric

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

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Ancient Laws and New Canadian Refugee Legislation: Evaluating Bill C-31 in Light of the Book of Deuteronomy.

Introduction Some important innovations within, Bill C-31, Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, run contrary to the biblical ethics espoused in the book of Deuteronomy, from the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. Components of Bill C-31 – such as mandatory detentio n, no right … Continue reading

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