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Book Review – Discerning Welcome

The Christian Century November 2022BOOKS Discerning Welcome: A ReformedFaith Approach to RefugeesBy Ellen Clark ClemotCascadeCongregations seeking to providehospitality and live out thecommandment of neighbor lovewill find a valuable resource in thisvolume, which focuses on immigrantsseeking asylum from genocide,war, or religious persecution.The book begins with a compellingstory of a man who was arrestedand imprisoned after registeringwith…

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Discerning Welcome

A Reformed Faith look at the law and ethics behind Refugee Welcome This book by Ellen Clemot, a pastor and attorney, is a helpful guide for congregations, seminarians, and thoughtful Christians seeking ways to welcome refugees into their communities. Organized around themes of Christian ethics, legal rights and responsibilities, and choices for churches, this book…

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“Doubt or Fear?”

Theme: We survive turbulent times by putting our faith in Jesus and leaving the things we cannot control to God. Matthew 14: 22-33 (NRSV):  Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went…

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“Free For All”

Theme: Sharing God’s loving compassion brings powerful peace to a chaotic world. Matthew 14:13-21 (NRSV):  Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great…

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“Living with ‘Wait and See’”

Theme: Although we live in uncertain times, we can always be certain of God’s grace. Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43 (NRSV):  He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the…

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“Hope for Good to Come”

Theme: God’s promises that good will come: we will find joy on the other side of our exile. Isaiah 55:10-13 (NRSV):  For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth,making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread…

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“Graciously Unburdened”

Theme: Jesus calls us to seek justice and offers us grace along the way there. Matthew 11:25-30 (NRSV):  At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was…

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“Boldly Belonging to God”

Theme: Jesus warns us that he will unsettle our world, but grants us the grace to change with it. Matthew 10:24-39 (NRSV):  ‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called…

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