Progressive Christianity in the Spotlight

The Fountains United Methodist Church recently had the experience of a number of conservative churches in its area banding together to preach against progressive Christianity. They promoted the sermon series with signs and news articles promising a series of sermons on conservative fundamentals: The Fountanins UMC church responded with a banner borrowed from another congregation: [Read More...]

Happy May Day!

May 1st is International Workers’ Day. It seems like the United States may be closer to being ready to actually celebrate this holiday, which has in the past been rejected as something for socialists and Communists. People are talking about compensation, wealth, equality, and injustice more widely in the US today than at any time I can [Read More...]

The Bible Is Clear About One Thing

Fred Clark has a great blog post, pointing out that, in most cases, saying “the Bible says” involves ignoring those places where the Bible says something else different from what it says in the passage you cited. But there seems to be one exception, which the Bible is consistent about: usury, i.e. the charging of [Read More...]

Crossfire, Indeed!

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LEGO Social Mobility

Inequality and social mobility (or lack thereof) in the United States, illustrated with LEGO. HT IO9. [Read more...]

Health Insurance is Compensation

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Bootstraps

The quote comes from Eddie Arthur’s post “Poverty Simply Explained” (which also quotes from Terry Pratchett’s novel Men at Arms). [Read more...]

Sermon on the Amount

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Religion and Recession

A recent piece in the New York Times highlighted statistics that suggest majors in religion and philosophy will make significantly less their first year after graduation if it is during a recession. Here is the chart from the article: While in a sense this is not surprising, it is also worth highlighting that university graduates [Read More...]

Judging Others

Recently in a conversation I had, I was trying to remember where I saw the conversation below. It came to my attention on Pinterest again and so I thought I’d share it. It makes through anecdotes a general point that I think ought to be obvious: when you judge people for being poor and yet [Read More...]

Hungering for Justice

Herein is the difference between private charity and social justice, between doing acts of mercy and confronting systems of injustice. Private charity responds to the needs of the homeless and the poor, but social justice tries to get at the reasons why there are homeless and poor people in the first place and offer constructive [Read More...]


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