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The Refugee



with Mark and Luke Glanville

Our guests today have an agenda. They’re experts in policy and theology, and a living, breathing Syrian refugee. They emphatically want us to welcome the stranger. 

And there’s some undeceiving to do here  – for me, as much as you, for folks inside the church as much as outside. 

Christianity is clear: providing refuge for the downtrodden foreigner isn’t politics. It reflects one of the most basic ideas of the faith – that God is merciful to the needy outsider.

Meet our guests

Akram Khaieo and his family arrived in Australia in 2016 as part of Australia’s one-off intake of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing war and unrest.

Mark Glanville is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Regent College in Canada. Mark’s recent scholarship explores dynamics of kinship, focusing on the book of Deuteronomy in particular, on the Old Testament more broadly, and also on the synoptic gospels. In various publications he explores how scripture calls God’s people to enfold vulnerable people as kindred, especially displaced people seeking a place to belong.

Luke Glanville is an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Australian National University. His research interests include international political theory, the history of international thought, responsibility to protect, refugee protection, and imperfect duties.


This episode was sponsored by Zondervan’s new book ‘Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth’ by Thaddeus J Williams.

For a full transcript of this episode, click here.




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