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A Stranger Kind of Love: Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis

Perhaps you might have some time to read through my recent article, published in Mosaic? “We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers; it is also a … 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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What is a Christian response, or a biblical ethic, regarding refugees?

A famous passage, perhaps the most famous, that speaks into the issue of welcoming refugees is: He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving them food and clothing. Love the stranger, therefore, for you … Continue reading

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The Chinese Government’s treatment of Kachin refugees forces us to take a look at ourselves

The Kachin people of northern Myanmar (previously Burma) have been s uffering for years at the hands of the military government of Myanmar. The systematic destruction of villages and killing and torture of thousands of people has been labelled genocide … Continue reading

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Jesus ate his way through the gospels – eaten with a tax-collector recently?

Ever noticed how many of Jesus’ meals are in the gospels? Meals feature so prominently in the gospels that scholars have commented: ‘Jesus ate his way through the Gospels.’ Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley even claim: ‘… they killed him because … Continue reading

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Bill C-31 represents what would be a serious deterioration in the treatment of refugees in Canada

Bill C-31: Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act is now referred to a parliamentary standing committee. The bill represents what would be a serious deterioration in the treatment of refugees in Canada, including: Mandatory imprisonment of refugees who enter Canada without … Continue reading

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A table for 5000

Benedictine monks prioritised the practice of hospitality. In centuries past Benedictine monks welcome travellers, no matter who they were. The traveller would enter the monastery. The abbot himself would wash their feet. No questions were asked of the travellers until … Continue reading

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At the heart of reality is limitless generosity

God’s creation is evidence of the caring hand of the Creator reaching out to secure the well-being of His creatures, of a Father extendinga universe full of blessings to His children. Spkyman Israel’s worldview begins with a gift: at the … Continue reading

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Immigration and refugees – is the Bible clear?

Migrants exist under darkening clouds of suspicion in Western countries today. Media reports the arrival of asylum-seekers in “waves” that threaten to “swamp” our shores—in fact, the arrival of vulnerable migrants described in terms of a threatening natural disaster have … Continue reading

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Christian education begins with delight (Genesis Chapter 2)

Marduk was the chief deity of the Babylonian pantheon. Every aspect of ancient near eastern society was arranged around the temples of the gods: humankind existed, so it was thought, to care for the gods. Genesis Chapters 1-2 is written … Continue reading

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