Category Archives: Cultural Mandate

Bruce Ashford Podcast Interview, St. Louis Baptists and Refugees, Reaching the Nations In North America Conference

Bruce Ashford Podcast Interview, St. Louis Baptists and Refugees, Reaching the Nations In North America Conference

The When Heaven and Earth Collide podcast, Episode 06 with Dr. Bruce Ashford, Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians and One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics. Bruce also has a fantastic blog… Continue Reading

On Racism, the Shooting of Black Men, Religious Liberty, and the Better Way of Jesus

On Racism, the Shooting of Black Men, Religious Liberty, and the Better Way of Jesus

Philando Castille. Alton Sterling. Gregory Gunn. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. Eric Garner. Walter Scott. Eric Harris. John Crawford III. All shot dead or killed in the past two to three years. I might not know all that happened, but I know that someone should not die in response to selling CD’s or reaching for their… Continue Reading

Samantha Bee, the SBC’s Refugee Resolution, and How We Witness of Jesus to a Watching World

Samantha Bee, the SBC’s Refugee Resolution, and How We Witness of Jesus to a Watching World

Late Night comedienne, Samantha Bee of TBS and formerly of The Daily Show, recently praised Southern Baptists. She heartily affirmed the SBC for the Refugee Resolution that we just passed at our convention and Dr. Russell Moore for his defense of religious liberty, even for Muslims (the video has a few instances of rough language, including a… 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

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

“Tipa, Tipa” – Little by Little/Step by Step. A Life Philosophy.

“Tipa, Tipa” – Little by Little/Step by Step. A Life Philosophy.

“Tipa, Tipa.” That is what they say in Haiti. It is Creole for “Little by Little.” Or, “Step by Step.” It means that with large tasks in front of us, we should be persistent and keep going and take things one step at a time. I love that saying. In my many trips to Haiti… Continue Reading

A More Christian Approach to Immigration, Migration, and Refugees?

A More Christian Approach to Immigration, Migration, and Refugees?

As I walked into the World Relief office, I saw children everywhere. They were from many different nations around the world and were with their families. Tim, the director came out and showed me around and offered me a cup of coffee. A nondescript builiding in a suburban office park outside of Nashville was serving… Continue Reading

The Source of Reagan’s Powerful Perspective on America and Immigration

The Source of Reagan’s Powerful Perspective on America and Immigration

Over the past few months, voices on the Left of the political spectrum like ThinkProgress.org have been reminding Republicans that back in the 80’s, no less a conservative father than Ronald Reagan had views on immigration that might be considered liberal today. Reagan, revered by conservatives for decades, said some pretty incredible things about immigration… Continue Reading