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...]

World Vision Day

I suspect that this is a day that many young Evangelicals (some of whom will be looking for a different name for themselves) will remember in years to come. If you haven’t been following the news, the major Christian charity World Vision decided to embrace married same-sex couples as employees – and now, shortly after [Read More...]

Data Collection Fail, Money Collection Win

This image came to my attention via God on Facebook. It features a homeless man with a sign that asks “Which religion cares the most about the homeless?” And then multiple receptacles for money labeled with different religious identities. This doesn't work as a way of demonstrating something. Is the photo a set up or [Read More...]

The Bad Samaritan

Earlier today I created an image to illustrate one popular inversion of the Bible, and now I am sharing another, which I found rather than created. If the Samaritan who behaved as depicted in the story in Luke came to be known as the good Samaritan, then must we not say that one who speaks [Read More...]

Donald Trump’s Big Reveal

If you are among those who have been waiting for the big reveal that Donald Trump promised he would offer about Barack Obama at noon today, he’s done it.  What he revealed is that he (i.e. Trump) still wants to see Obama’s birth certificate and other records. Seriously. That’s his “big news.” In my opinion, the news [Read More...]

“Jesus Taught Generosity and Charity, Not Government Assistance”

I've heard this claim a lot lately, and it seems to me bizarre, particularly when it focuses on an example like the Good Samaritan. A friend actually told me recently that the Good Samaritan didn't rely on the government to take care of the man, appealing to that as if it were an argument against [Read More...]

More Posters

The Facebook group “Christians Against the Tea Party” has turned a few more quotes from me into posters. Feel free to share them!     [Read more...]

Taxation, Charity, and Robbery

I’ve heard the argument made that the government taxing the wealthy and redistributing that wealth to those less fortunate than them is not taxation, but robbery. I wonder how many of those who say such things are Christians or Jews , and would also think Deuteronomy 26:12 was robbery. Israelites had to set aside 10% of [Read More...]

Bart Ehrman has a New Blog

Bart Ehrman has a new blog, called Christianity in Antiquity: The Bart Ehrman Blog. He will be doing something very different, and very interesting, with it. The blog offers some public content but also has subscriber-only content. Money from subscriptions to the blog will be donated to charities, and so in addition to offering blogging, [Read More...]


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