Introduction to the Faithful Foreigners Series
Sprinkled throughout Scripture are stories of “faithful foreigners.” These are people who are perceived as outsiders, but who often behave more faithfully than the insiders.
In our xenophobic age, it seems a good time to get reacquainted with these faithful foreigners. The Holy Spirit preserved their stories for a reason, after all. It’s my hope that we can learn some things about faith and faithfulness from what they have to teach us.
The first piece in the series explores Jesus as refugee. While it may not technically qualify as a “faithful foreigner” story, it does introduce us to some themes that will be important for understanding the faithful foreigner motif—and our resistance to those we perceive as “other.” After that, we’ll meet Rahab, Uriah, some eunuchs, a Roman centurion, and yes—even a couple of faithful foreigners from the animal kingdom!
As it happens, I am writing this series while on sabbatical in Rome, Italy. It will be interesting to see how my own experience of being a foreigner influences my engagement with these stories. You can decide if I’m a faithful foreigner or not!
- Faithful Foreigners: On Books and Their Covers
- Faithful Foreigners: Fear, Faith, & Foreigners
- Faithful Foreigners: Dust & Ashes
- Faithful Foreigners: Harbona and Company
- Faithful Foreigners: A Fish Named Grace
- Faithful Foreigners: Rahab the Resourceful
- Faithful Foreigners: The Kindness of Strangers
- Faithful Foreigners: Uriah the Loyal
- Faithful Foreigners: Balaam’s Ass
- Faithful Foreigners: Jesus the Refugee