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...]

Economic Pie

An interesting video on income and wealth inequality from The Atlantic. HT Timothy Michael Law [Read more...]

Interest in the Bible

Fred Clark recently noted how odd it is that some will make an issue that is of at most tangential interest (pun intended) to the Biblical authors a litmus test of religious identity, but ignore things that are emphasized repeatedly. One obvious example is the Bible's prohibition against charging interest (at least when lending to [Read More...]

The First Job Creator

Adam Kotsko has posted an economic retelling of the Genesis 1 creation account on his blog. Here is how it begins: In the beginning, God created the wealth and the jobs. Now the wealth was a formless void and darkness covered the sources of value, while the spirit of capitalism hovered over the depths. And [Read More...]

Dividing Land Like Wealth

I reposted this image that came my way on Facebook, and it generated a significant amount of discussion. I find it interesting for a number of reasons, besides the striking illustration of the distribution of wealth in the United States. It helps make the point that, just as one cannot simply produce more land as [Read More...]

Sesame Street Post-Debate Meme

There definitely needs to be a Sesame Street meme that addresses Romney and his plan to cut funding for PBS (about 1/100th of 1% of the federal budget) to address budget issues. Here’s my contribution to get this started. If you make your own, please share a link in the comments section! Educators, note that [Read More...]

The First Occupy Wall Street?

When I shared images suggesting that Jesus might have been a liberal Jew or Jewish liberal, it generated interesting discussion. So I thought I would share these and see what people think of them: I toyed with titling this post The First “Occupy David Street” because that is one famous shopping street in modern-day old [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...]

A Year of Living Justly?

There have been several excellent books in the genre “A year of” doing this or that: A. J. Jacobs’ The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possibleand Rachel Held Evans’ A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering [Read More...]