Author Archives: Alan Cross

“River” by Leon Bridges: A Song of Redemption for Troubled Times

“River” by Leon Bridges: A Song of Redemption for Troubled Times

“River” by Leon Bridges is my favorite Christian/Gospel song right now. I keep listening to it over and over. The fact that Bridges is not a “Christian” artist, per se in the exclusive sense, only means that he has moved this song and its message into the mainstream and it is affecting people deeply. From… Continue Reading

Will Evangelicals Support Trump’s Mass Forced Deportation Plan?

Will Evangelicals Support Trump’s Mass Forced Deportation Plan?

Trump’s plan for the forced mass deportation of 11 million undocumented immigrants and their 5 million U.S. citizen children is to forcibly deport 25,000 people per day for 18-24 months at the beginning of his administration, which would necessitate the suspension of Due Process (Constitutionally guaranteed even to those here illegally), would cost approximately $600… Continue Reading

#FearIsNotOurPolicy, Refugees, and Speaking for the Vulnerable in the South Carolina Statehouse

#FearIsNotOurPolicy, Refugees, and Speaking for the Vulnerable in the South Carolina Statehouse

Quite a few people have been working against the anti-refugee bill, S997 in South Carolina along with churches, ministries, refugee resettlement organizations, and other groups for the past few months. I blogged about the bill, the religious liberty implications of it, and the work against it here and here as a summary. The Washington Post (here and here) and… Continue Reading

How Religious Liberty Dies

How Religious Liberty Dies

For background on the religious liberty implications of the SC Anti-Refugee Bill, S997, I wrote about it here. How Religious Liberty Dies. S997 just effectively passed the SC Senate by a vote of 39-6. Churches and religious organizations will be held civilly liable for any crime committed in the future by refugees that they helped… Continue Reading

Why Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option Needs St. Patrick

Why Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option Needs St. Patrick

Rod Dreher is a fellow Louisianian, a conservative writer/journalist on the issues of faith, culture, and politics, and promoter of an approach to the secularization of the West for Christians called The Benedict Option. I have been reading Rod regularly for the last several years and had the privilege of meeting him for coffee in… Continue Reading

Tariffs Won’t Bring Back American Jobs – They Will Destroy Them

Tariffs Won’t Bring Back American Jobs – They Will Destroy Them

There is a myth circulating during the current election cycle that manufacturing jobs would come back to the United States if American politicians were tougher on U.S. companies and forced them to manufacture here, and if we placed higher tariffs on imports from other countries, thus reducing trade deficits. This outlook has several problems. One,… Continue Reading

A Coming Evangelical Civil War?

A Coming Evangelical Civil War?

Most pastors don't see it coming. Most church-goers do not see it yet. Denominational and movement leaders might be more aware than most, but many of them think that things will come back together. But, it is bubbling up and will hit like a velvet hammer, shattering the post-WWII consensus that has been built around… Continue Reading

Russell Moore on Ministering to the Refugee and Immigrant

Russell Moore on Ministering to the Refugee and Immigrant

[Excuse the grainy picture taken with my iPhone from a distance in the dark]   Over the past two days, I have attended the Move Conference at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marrietta, Georgia. This has been one of the best church-based missions conferences that I have ever been too and I highly recommend attending… Continue Reading