The Cycle of Thanksgiving

This moving gif was sent by the John Templeton Foundation in a Thanksgiving e-mail. I like that it can be understood in more than one way – as saying that “thanks leads to giving” twice, or as illustrating the cycle of gratitude, as giving thanks leading to giving thanks.   [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...]


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