Peace on the Hill – Forced To Flee

By Charissa Zehr Given all the rapid changes within immigration policy, much attention is rightly focused on how the U.S. treats asylum seekers and others arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Of particular concern is a newly minted policy that forcibly separates immigrant children from their parents. Equally significant are foreign policy moves happening south of…

What’s Illegal About Immigrants?

By Richard MacMaster A long story in the May 28 New York Times Magazine chronicled the troubles of a high school principal in a small Texas town who was accused of murdering his wife.  While he was struggling to prove his innocence, his pastor called on him to ask him to stay away from the church…

Peace Sermon : The GOSPEL of Jesus Christ

By Richard MacMaster April 8, 2018 Acts 4: 32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1:1-2:2, John 20: 19-31 A week ago on Easter Sunday an eighteen-year-old Mayan woman escaped from her brutal husband and, at a neighbor’s suggestion, contacted the Gainesville Police for protection. The media reports of this routine incident resulted in eleven Guatemalan farm…

Whatever you decide

by J. Ron Byler Whoever serves me must follow me. – John 12:26 “You have five minutes to decide,” Sister Valentine told them. In the spring of 2012, caught between the shelling of the Syrian army and opposing rebels in the Presbyterian church’s elderly care center in Homs, Syria, Sister Valentine asked her employees whether…