Clothes and wounds

Jan 6, 2020 by

Often when I revisit a familiar biblical story, something new emerges. Sometimes that new thing is a simple truth, other times it’s a detail that I simply overlooked as if it wasn’t important. This...

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Washington Witness: North American aid needs North Korean hands

Dec 23, 2019 by

When we walk into the hospital dining room, we see a young girl seated waiting to eat. She is an inpatient at a pediatric hospital about an hour and a half outside of Pyongyang, North Korea, hospitalized after...

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Bound by love

Aug 8, 2019 by

When the lawyer finally got face time with Jesus, he poured out what was heaviest on his heart, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He groped for a guarantee. He wanted a divine will and...

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Samaritan’s Purse and the Parable of the Good Muslim

Nov 9, 2018 by

I’m always dismayed when I hear yet another example of the widespread ignorance and prejudice against Islam in America.  But I’m particularly upset when that misinformation comes from Christian religious...

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Kehrberg: Who is your Samaritan?

Jul 3, 2017 by

One of the attributes of the Good Samaritan parable is its action. It is perfect for dramatization. (One does need to pay attention to casting choices: Certain robbers may relish their role more than...

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If refugees can’t come, we must go to them

Feb 20, 2017 by

I have heard a lot of discussion about the parable of the good Samaritan among Christians debating the crisis and President Donald Trump’s ban. What surprises me as I listen to these conversations is that...

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Sociopaths, Samaritans and all the rest of us

Oct 29, 2015 by

I’ve never been especially fond of the Parable of the Good Samaritan — or, as I like to think of it, “the Parable of Common Human Decency.” I mean, I know all the stuff preachers always point out about...

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