5 Things You Need to Know About the Accusations Against World Vision’s Gaza Director

Last week, the Israeli security agency Shin Bet accused a World Vision staffer of funneling millions to Hamas. Mohammad El Halabi, who ran World Vision’s Gaza branch, was arrested back in June. I used to work at World Vision. For the past eight years, my wife and I have sponsored a child in Gaza. Which means … Continue reading 5 Things You Need to Know About the Accusations Against World Vision’s Gaza Director

The problem with using the Bible to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

“God gave Israel the land. Unconditional. Everlasting. Period.” For some evangelicals, that’s the definitive answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. End of discussion. This sentiment was echoed in some of the comments to my recent post on why we shouldn’t equate modern-day Israel with the ancient biblical kingdom. It’s what came to mind as I listened to the appointed readings … Continue reading The problem with using the Bible to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

You’ll always need another scapegoat

May 15: Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers kill two Palestinian teenagers, following a tense standoff during which protesters hurl rocks and soldiers respond with volleys of tear gas. The boys pose no immediate threat to the heavily armed Israeli soldiers. They’re an easy target. Scapegoats. June 12: Palestinian insurgents go looking for an opportunity to vent their own pent-up thirst for … Continue reading You’ll always need another scapegoat

Why evangelicals should think twice about equating modern Israel with Israel of the Bible

The other day, I raised a question for evangelicals who think standing with Israel means supporting them no matter what. How do you reconcile a “never criticize Israel” mentality with the overwhelming witness of the biblical prophets? If you’ve been told that unconditional support for Israel is the only “biblical” position, that the modern-day state enjoys … Continue reading Why evangelicals should think twice about equating modern Israel with Israel of the Bible

If you think “standing with Israel” means never criticizing them, you’re going to have to get a new Bible

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that from a biblical perspective the modern state of Israel and the Old Testament nation are one and the same. Let’s say the old covenant is still in force, that the founding of modern-day Israel in 1948 fulfilled biblical prophecy. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Paul’s assertion that “all Israel will … Continue reading If you think “standing with Israel” means never criticizing them, you’re going to have to get a new Bible

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the myth of “moral symmetry”

This is part 1 of a series on rethinking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a Christian, inspired by the most recent assault on Gaza. Part 2 can be read here.   Here’s a little perspective on the conflict in Gaza… Update (03/21/13): An earlier version of this infographic ended with an iconic photo of BBC journalist … Continue reading The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the myth of “moral symmetry”