Episode 1: Why Care?

How Treatment of Immigrants and Refugees Demands Christian Response

In this Episode, TDBI president Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck talks with two premier Christian leaders and theologians about why believers must respond to how immigrants and refugees are treated.  Whether it’s the separation of families, trauma inflicted on children, inhumane treatment at detention facilities, or harmful attitudes directed toward people from particular ethnic groups, the treatment of immigrants is not an issue of legality, but of Christian morals, ethics, Scriptural commands, and the example of Jesus Christ.

This episode also features a special ten-minute interview with one of the greatest biblical scholars of all time, Dr. Walter Brueggemann. Brueggemann sets the stage for the whole series by discussing why and how Christians, especially Church leaders, must address the plight of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Hosted by Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck


Special Guest:  Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Walter Brueggemann is one of the most influential Bible interpreters of our time. He is the author of over one hundred books and numerous scholarly articles. Brueggemann was born in Tilden, Nebraska in 1933. He often speaks of the influence of his father, a German Evangelical pastor. Brueggemann has served as faculty at two institutions in his career: Eden Theological Seminary (1961-1986) and Columbia Theological Seminary (1986-2003). He is currently William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia.

Learn more about Dr. Brueggemann at his website.
Read Dr. Brueggemann’s latest writings at Church Anew.

The Honorable Suzan Johnson Cook
Rev. Dr. Cook is a presidential advisor, pastor, theologian, author, activist, and academic who served as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from April 2011 to October 2013. She is also Founder and CEO of the Global Black Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero
Rev. Salguero and his wife, Rev. Jeanette Salguero are the co-lead pastors of a multicultural congregation called The Gathering Place in Orlando, Florida. He is also the founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition which offers an important leadership voice to 8 million Latino evangelicals in our country.



African in Harlem
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Border Perspective


Evangelical Immigration Table

Evangelical Immigration Table


The Immigration Coalition


National Latino Evangelical Coalition


Word Relief