Category Archives: Immigration/Migration

Immigration/Migration

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

Ed Stetzer Interview on Immigrants, Refugees, and How the Church Can Respond

Ed Stetzer Interview on Immigrants, Refugees, and How the Church Can Respond

In the latest When Heaven and Earth Collide podcast interview, Ed Stetzer and I talk about the changing ethnic landscape of America with the presence of immigrants and refugees and how the church can respond to what is happening demographically – but more importantly, respond to what God is doing in all of this and to… Continue Reading

Bryant Wright on Refugee Ministry and the Love of Christ

Bryant Wright on Refugee Ministry and the Love of Christ

Episode 4 of the When Heaven and Earth Collide podcast features Pastor Bryant Wright of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia talking about helping refugees experience the love of Christ. Wright and Johnson Ferry were thrust into the middle of controversy last December when they agreed to follow through on their commitment to sponsor… Continue Reading

Danny Akin Podcast Interview: Immigration, the Great Commission, and Escaping Fear

Danny Akin Podcast Interview: Immigration, the Great Commission, and Escaping Fear

The next When Heaven and Earth Collide interview is up with Dr. Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin and I have a wide-ranging conversation about how immigrants coming to America relates to Scriptural commands involving the Great Commission and loving our neighbor. Dr. Akin calls upon Christians to engage immigrants with… Continue Reading

When Heaven and Earth Collide Podcast With Bart Barber on Immigration Reform and Religious Freedom

When Heaven and Earth Collide Podcast With Bart Barber on Immigration Reform and Religious Freedom

I am starting a new podcast called When Heaven and Earth Collide with interviews from leaders from across the country on issues related to immigration, race, religious freedom, culture, politics, faith/theology, and how Jesus affects all of this and calls us to “tell a better story.” When the life and teachings of Jesus (Heaven) collide… Continue Reading

Evangelical Immigration Table Booth at the SBC, St. Louis, June 13-15

Evangelical Immigration Table Booth at the SBC, St. Louis, June 13-15

I will be helping to lead the Evangelical Immigration Table booth at the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO next week from June 13-15. I have been working as the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Evangelical Immigration Table, which is a consortium of ministries such as the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the… Continue Reading

How the Church in South Carolina Defeated the Anti-Refugee Bill, S997

How the Church in South Carolina Defeated the Anti-Refugee Bill, S997

S997, the anti-refugee bill that would have created a state registry for refugees and would have held sponsors civilly liable for certain future crimes that refugees would have committed, officially died this week in the South Carolina House of Representatives. This bill was full of religious liberty challenges, as I detailed back in early February,… Continue Reading

The Pain of Rejection and Displacement Gives Way to the Welcoming Healing of Christ

The Pain of Rejection and Displacement Gives Way to the Welcoming Healing of Christ

What if we are not that different from refugees and sojourners? What if their story is our story and their presence is actually God reminding us of our own deep need for Him and for community? And what if how we treat them speaks to where we find our own hope? Rejection and displacement are… Continue Reading

Matthew 24 Missions: The World Refugee Crisis and Reaching the Nations in North America Conference (August 26-27)

Matthew 24 Missions: The World Refugee Crisis and Reaching the Nations in North America Conference (August 26-27)

Southern Baptists and other Evangelicals are beginning to recognize the incredible opportunity and responsibility set before us. As the above infographic from www.ethnecity.com demonstrates, the nations have come to us en masse. Between 41 and 47 million foreign born peoples (by latest estimate) now live in the United States (13.2 million in the South). Many… Continue Reading