After giving this weeks events much thought, I wanted to respond to the Muslim refugee situation. It is not going to surprise anyone that Loving All Peoples wants refugees here and loves Muslims. You have seen that consistently from us for many years. We were of course deeply saddened by the decision. I thought it … Continue reading LOVING ALL PEOPLES RESPONSE TO THE REFUGEE BAN
This is for Christians. I say this again, this is for Christians. If you are not a Christian, this might sound crazy, but I do want to challenge you that you might find some reason from these thoughts. Surely most of us are highly concerned about radical Islam, especially since 911, the Boston bombing, the … Continue reading THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO RADICAL ISLAM
As most of you know, we formed a team of Asian believers because most of the brothels in Dallas are Asian. This makes it very difficult to connect with them culturally and therefore makes it extremely difficult to find openness. We have always had it on our hearts to create this team, but just didn't … Continue reading BREAKTHROUGH IN BROTHELS
We were on an outreach the other day carrying the cross in an area known for drugs and alcohol. We walked up to this group of men who were in front of a liquor store and just started talking with them. We were greeted very well and ended up talking for about 30 min, praying … Continue reading CAN GOD USE “UNQUALIFIED” PEOPLE TO REACH OTHERS?
Refugees come from all over the world to Dallas. Many have lost and suffered more than any of us could imagine. When they come here, many do not have anything or anyone. It is an extremely difficult and lonely situation. How would you want to be treated if you lost everything and were forced to … Continue reading BEFRIEND A REFUGEE FAMILY
Reaching out to Muslims is much easier than you would think. Many think that we have to be "trained" or come up with some plan on how to share our faith. We think that sharing our faith can only be done by going up to strangers and sharing our belief system and dismantling theirs! This … Continue reading IT IS EASY TO REACH OUT TO MUSLIMS!
We had a Muslim family over for dinner the other night, which we do often. We had a great time! We know this family very well and get together often. We really love each other. As we sat at the dinner table, we talked about new things in our life, funny stories, and shared with … Continue reading DO WE MAKE “SPREADING GODS LOVE” WAY TOO COMPLICATED?
One great way to make Muslim and Buddhist friends here in America is to go to their places of worship. I went to one Mosque for an entire year to meet people and to learn about Islam from their perspective instead of sticking with my outside view of it. This was a great help! Now, I … Continue reading GOING TO MOSQUES AND TEMPLES
I would say that at least half of the refugees whom we work with are Muslim. They come from all over Africa, Burma, Iran, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Muslims have become a huge part of our life. We love Muslims. They are some of the most hospitable and generous people that I have ever met. I know … Continue reading LOVING MUSLIMS
Our team does the best we can to hang out with people from all walks of life. We are not perfect at doing this by any means, but we are trying every week to do better. We hang out with Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Agnostics, and Atheists. We hang out in temples and mosques and go … Continue reading ARE PEOPLE REALLY INTERESTED IN GOD?
I know I will get a lot of different responses to carrying a cross. First, let me explain the reasoning of why our team sometimes carries the cross. Our heart is to show an expression of Jesus to people that is pure; separate from religion, politics, and even American Christian culture. You might think that carrying … Continue reading CARRYING THE CROSS
The Vickery Meadows community is where Melissa and I started our ministry in February of 2003. Our heart was to go where we didn't see ministry happening and that was Vickery. For those who don't know about Vickery Meadows, it is about a 4 square mile lower-income area where over 25,000 people live. There are … Continue reading WORKING WITH REFUGEES- The Beginning of Loving All Peoples