Making Vows

Twice in today’s Bible reading* we see people making vows to God. The first is a judge named Jephthah. Although human sacrifice was strictly forbidden to God’s people he made a vow that if God would deliver the Ammonites to him, he promised to sacrifice the first person that went through the doorway when he…

The Biblical Context for Sanctuary Cities

You may have heard of “sanctuary cities”. Some American cities have designated themselves as “sanctuary cities” and even states have designated themselves as “sanctuary states” where people who enter our country illegally can go and not risk being sent back to their home country by Federal Authorities, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and…