By Lisa Sharon Parker & D.C. InnesStaunch conservative D.C. Innes and progressive Lisa Sharon Harper agree on their evangelical Christian faith, but they don’t agree on many public policy issues. Their chapter on immigration, however, suggests that immigration policy might be a unique area of commonality between Christians who otherwise disagree on many political questions.
Co-authored by G92 Committee member Lisa Sharon Harper.
Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate
By Matthew Soerens, Jenny Hwang
Immigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable. In this book World Relief staffers Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang move beyond the rhetoric to offer a Christian response to immigration. With careful historical understanding and thoughtful policy analysis, they debunk myths and misconceptions about immigration and show the limitations of the current immigration system. Ultimately they point toward immigration reform that is compassionate, sensible and just, as they offer concrete ways for you and your church to welcome and minister to your immigrant neighbors.
Coauthored by G92 cofounder Matthew Soerens, we hope you’ll find this book to be a helpful primer to the immigration issue from an evangelical Christian perspective. Included are chapters on Scripture, the Church, immigration law, history, economics, politics, and more.
Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just
By Timothy Keller
Author of the New York Times bestseller The Reason for God and nationally renowned pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church Timothy Keller with his most provocative and illuminating message yet.
It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller sees it another way. In Generous Justice, Keller explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. Here is a book for believers who find the Bible a trustworthy guide as well as those who suspect that Christianity is a regressive influence in the world.
Keller’s church, founded in the eighties with fewer than one hundred congregants, is now exponentially larger. More than five thousand people regularly attend Sunday services, and another twenty-five thousand download Keller’s sermons each week. A recent profile inNew York magazine described his typical sermon as “a mix of biblical scholarship, pop culture, and whatever might have caught his eye in The New York Review of Books or on Salon.com that week.” In short, Timothy Keller speaks a language that many thousands of people yearn to comprehend. In Generous Justice, he offers them a new understanding of modern justice and human rights.
An excellent, biblically-grounded introduction to issues of justice for the vulnerable, including immigrants.
The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity
By Soong-Chan Rah
2010 Golden Canon Leadership Book Award winner! The future is now. Philip Jenkins has chronicled how the next Christendom has shifted away from the Western church toward the global South and East. Likewise, changing demographics mean that North American society will accelerate its diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and culture. But evangelicalism has long been held captive by its predominantly white cultural identity and history. In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike. Many white churches are in crisis and ill-equipped to minister to new cultural realities, but immigrant, ethnic and multiethnic churches are succeeding and flourishing. This prophetic report casts a vision for a dynamic evangelicalism that fully embodies the cultural realities of the twenty-first century. Spiritual renewal is happening within the North American church, from corners and margins not always noticed by those in the center. Come, discover the vitality of the next evangelicalism.
Explores how immigration is changing—and should change—the evangelical church in the U.S.
Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration
By Miguel A. De La Torre
A collection of stories from pastors, theologians, and immigrants themselves, providing a range of perspectives on the immigration issue.
The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible
By James K. Hoffmeier
Addresses one of the most complex social and legal challenges of the twenty-first century from a biblical perspective.
An estimated twelve to fifteen million people now reside illegally in the United States, posing a major social and legal challenge to the nation. Americans are divided over the best course of action in dealing with these illegal immigrants, and Christians are using the Bible to stake out different positions.
The Immigration Crisis addresses this complex issue through a comprehensive look at the Bible. By a careful study of relevant materials in the Old Testament, in combination with archaeological and sociological materials, the author forms a clear definition of an alien in Israelite society. This understanding is an important starting point in the current debate.
The book concludes by suggesting how the Bible might assist Christians in thinking about the problem of legal and illegal immigrants, and in developing the implications of the biblical teaching for public policy.
Another work by a distinguished Old Testament scholar, but with an interpretation quite different than Carroll’s perspective in Christians at the Border (if you read this work, you should also then read Dr. Carroll’s cordial but persuasive counter-response.)
Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible
By M. Daniel Carroll R.
Immigration is one of the most pressing issues on the national agenda. This accessible book provides biblical and ethical guidance for readers who are looking for a Christian perspective on the immigration issue. As both a Guatemalan and an American, the author has immersed himself in this issue and is uniquely qualified to write about it. Drawing on key biblical ideas, he speaks to both the immigrant culture and the host culture, arguing that both sides have much to learn about the debate. This timely, clear, and compassionate resource will benefit all Christians who are thinking through the immigration issue.
A thorough review of immigrants and immigration with Scripture from an excellent Old Testament Scholar, with suggestions for applying the biblical mandate to the contemporary situation in the United States, by distinguished Old Testament scholar Dr. Daniel Carroll of Denver Seminary.