Finding Jesus at the Border: Opening Our Hearts to the Stories of Our Immigrant Neighbors

Finding Jesus at the Border: Opening Our Hearts to the Stories of Our Immigrant Neighbors

by Julia Lambert Fogg


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Immigration is an issue of major concern within the Christian community. As Christians, how should we respond to the current crisis?

Interweaving biblical narratives of border crossing and recent stories of immigrants at the US-Mexico border, this accessibly written book invites Christians to reconsider the plight of their neighbors and respond with compassion to the present immigration crisis. Julia Lambert Fogg, a pastor and New Testament scholar who is actively serving immigrant families in Southern California, interprets well-known biblical stories in a fresh way and puts a human face on the immigration debate.

Fogg argues that Christians must step out of their comfort zones and learn to cross social, ethnic, and religious borders—just as Jesus did—to become the body of Christ in the world. She encourages readers to welcome Christ by embracing DREAMers, the undocumented, asylum seekers, and immigrants, and she inspires Christians to advocate for immigrant justice in their communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587434303
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,218,352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Julia Lambert Fogg (PhD, Emory University) is professor of religion at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, where she has taught for more than fifteen years. She specializes in the New Testament, first-century Christianity, theologies from the margins, and cross-cultural reading practices. She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), preaches regularly in ELCA churches, and is active among local congregations serving immigrant families in Southern California.

Table of Contents

1. Walk This Way: Approaching the Border
2. Fleeing without Papers: Matthew 2:1-23
3. Vantage Points and Borders—Where We Stand Affects How We See: Mark 12:41-44
4. Challenging Border Wall Mentalities: Ruth and Mark 7:24-30
5. Letters from Behind Prison Walls: Philippians 1:12-30
6. Seeking Asylum at the US Border: Philippians 2:5-11
7. Standing before ICE: John 11:1-34
8. Where Do We Go from Here? Border Crossing as Praxis: John 1:1-5, 14

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