Seeking Refuge

July 27, 2016 ...

I speak to evangelical congregations and conferences in the United States quite frequently on this topic, and I know that audience pretty well. My anecdotal experience confirms the findings of recent LifeWay Research polling: In a typical room full of American evangelicals, only a small percentage (12 percent) think about refugees and immigration primarily from …

Congress: The Ball is in Your Court

June 23, 2016 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) calls on congressional leaders to advance legislation that reforms our immigration system in a way that is consistent with common sense and widely shared principles. Only the Congress can establish an immigration law that respects the God-given dignity of every person, protects the unity of the immediate family, respects …

Rubio Leads List for Evangelical Leaders; Many Undecided

October 29, 2015 ...

Ben Carson and John Kasich trailed Rubio — each with 12 percent. Jeb Bush received 9 percent of the votes. Other candidates — including Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump — received an insignificant number of votes. “Rubio represents a new generation of conservative leadership to many,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. …

Time to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees

September 18, 2015 ...

The plight of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe, with the contrasting responses of rejection and welcome, has captured the world’s attention in recent days. We identify with the hopes and aspirations of parents seeking a safe place to raise their kids. Catholics and evangelicals who follow Jesus, who fled the persecution of Herod and …

Why is Immigration Reform Important to Your Church?

March 20, 2014 ...

Daniel Garrido Senior Pastor The Crossing Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado   Cultivating a heart for immigrants in our church has had some wonderful “side effects”: hospitality and kindness mean more (Matt. 25); diversity in the body makes the gospel more credible (Acts 11); and ultimately, relationships with the immigrants in our midst add vitality …

Welcoming the Stranger

March 20, 2014 ...

The Qadoora family sought refuge in Jordan but were denied access by guards. The family hid in a mosque near the border until the Red Cross intervened and allowed Hanan, whose due date was fast approaching, to enter Jordan. Hanan gave birth to a healthy baby boy but remained separated from her family for several …

Immigration — A Local Church Issue

March 20, 2014 ...

Several years ago at Willow Creek, we launched a Spanish language worship service in response to the rapidly growing Hispanic community that lived within the 30-minute footprint of our main campus in South Barrington, Ill. That service, Casa de Luz (House of Light), quickly grew to about 1,000 people each weekend. Many of the individuals …