Being Bad at Doing Good

The following is an excerpt from my weekly Heretic’s Guide to the Bible study. To read more, and to take part in the conversation, CLICK HERE, or on the Heretic’s Guide banners above or below the text. I spend a lot of time talking to people about what it means to be a Christian. Of [Read More...]

Donor, Know Thy Charity: The Best, Biggest and Worst Nonprofits

Nearly everyone has felt the pinch of the economic slump in the past five years. But despite tough times, Americans tend to be a remarkably generous nation of people. According to Grantspace.org, based on recent reports from Giving USA Foundation and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, “Total charitable contributions by individuals, corporations, and foundations was [Read More...]

I Continue to Fail “The Poor”

I’d like to think I’m pretty consistent in my advocacy for the poor. I have worked with numerous poverty-related nonprofits over the years, preached about it and worked on it in church, written about it, and so on. But in general, all of that remains at a large “macro” level. It is a nameless, faceless [Read More...]

When Legislating Morality Falls Short

I was doing my daily browsing of blogs, catching up on the news and opinions of the day, when I came across a piece with which I found some real resonance. Morgan Guyton, a Methodist pastor, wrote a reflection on why the recent “personhood amendment” failed in, of all places, Mississippi. Anyone who follows politics [Read More...]

From Prosperity Gospel to Disparity Gospel?

I’m not going to spend too much time or energy expressing my disdain for Prosperity Gospel, the kind of ministry by the likes of Joel Osteen that preaches about how Jesus wants you to be rich. Actually, it’s more about drawing a correlation between your material success and your faithfulness, but whatever you call it, [Read More...]


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