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And Who is My Neighbor?

Prior to telling the story of the Good Samaritan, a religious lawyer asked Jesus a probing question: “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus had previously stated that the law is summed up by loving God and loving our neighbor. Then Jesus illustrates the principle with the story of the Samaritan—the only person who helped the man who was beaten and stranded. As we reflect on this familiar story, the details can move us away from the main point. It is easy to focus on the people who passed by or to draw attention to the Samaritan, yet completely forget the key…

Refugees, Exiles, and “Visions of God”

“Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God” (Ezekiel 1:1, emphasis added). When it comes to a discussion about Muslims in America, attention immediately turns to refugees. Who are they? Why are they here? Have they been vetted? Who let them in? Etc, etc. These questions are certainly to be expected from the general population. But should other issues concern the praying and missions-minded Christian? Are there any other angles we should be looking into? I…

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