I wrote last week about the very personal reasons that I have been working so hard for the past several years, and particularly the past few weeks, for what I believe to be long overdue reforms that would restore justice to our nation’s immigration laws. The previous Monday, I wrote […]Continue Reading →
When my issue of Christianity Today arrived in my mailbox last week, I was intrigued by the cover story, which highlights “50 Women to Watch.” The fifty Christian leaders selected are women whom CT’s editors believe are “most shaping the church and culture.” Among the fifty women selected is my friend, […]Continue Reading →
On May 14, 2012 By Matthew Soerens
For the literally millions of American evangelicals who say that they want to stop the evil of human trafficking, there’s an urgent need to move from passionate sentiment to specific action. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill this week, H.R. 4970, that would dramatically limit the relief available to foreign-born victims of human trafficking and other violent crimes, and in the process hinder law enforcement’s efforts to prosecute traffickers. Continue Reading →
The idea that God loves EVERY ONE of his kids equally, no matter our history, nationality, beliefs, sins, strengths, etc, moves me so deeply.
“For nothing can separate us from the love of God…”And not only do I want to learn how […]Continue Reading →
My challenge to local churches, as often as I can convince them to listen to me, is to see immigration to the United States not—as many in the larger society do—as a threat, but rather as a missional opportunity. God, in his sovereignty, has brought people from every nation to our communities (Acts 17:26), […]Continue Reading →
On August 15, 2011 By Matthew Soerens
Last Thursday and Friday, along with tens of thousands of Christian leaders at satellite sites across the country (the rest of the world gets to participate in the coming months), I attended the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit. This was the second time that I’ve had the opportunity to attend the event, […]Continue Reading →
Today, we’re bringing you the second part of an interview between Bill Hybels and Heather Larson of Willow Creek Community Church with Matthew Soerens, co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate and a co-creator of g92.org. (The first part of the interview ran yesterday).
My work with World Relief is primarily focused on helping churches to think through the issue of immigration, putting together a biblical framework with the realities of immigration that the United States is currently facing. One of my favorite churches to work with in this regard has been Willow Creek Community […]Continue Reading →
So many of us, surrounded in our homes and neighborhoods by others who look just like us, refuse to see the undocumented immigrant. They are underground. We turn our heads. As a result, there is an entire group of people at risk—at risk of dissolving, disappearing, becoming invisible men and women. This dissolution should hurt the deepest part of any soul who follows Christ because it is those at risk, those who others refuse to see, who Christ reaches for, and says “I see you and blessed are you.”Continue Reading →