Poverty in the Biblical World and Today

Another statement from a program unit of the Society of Biblical Literature: It seems that studying poverty, whether in ancient times or today, makes people more sympathetic to the plight of the poor. [Read more…]

“Give a Man a Fish”

HT to Ross McKenzie for this useful analysis of the simplistic saying about giving a man a fish.   [Read more…]

Adjust Your Priorities

If you’ve got more of a problem with the citizenry of this nation pooling their resources together to buy bread than you do with them buying bombs, your priorities are in need of adjustment. – Daniel Skillman (in a post on Facebook) The quote addresses a surprising and deeply disturbing phenomenon among large numbers of people [Read More…]

The Sanctity of Life

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When You Have More Than You Need

I saw this on Facebook, and thought it nicely addressed a common human instinct. When any of us rises above the general situation of poverty that characterizes human existence, our instinct is to protect that status, not to make sure the path is clear for others to get where we are. We must resist that [Read More…]

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…]

Lifestyle Choice

In our day and age many Christians, including very prominent ones, have chosen a lifestyle that is fundamentally at odds with their claim to be Christians. This is a lifestyle choice I am talking about – it is not something genetic, something innate, something inevitable. It is a sin that is so abominable that it [Read More…]

Bill Nye on Child Mortality

HT Tom Bartley on Facebook [Read more…]

Making a Powerful Point Powerfully

When I saw the above, it reminded me of a point I try to emphasize in the second semester of my course “Faith, Doubt, and Reason,” which focuses on utopias and dystopias. It is not enough to have a vision for changing the world. Having an impact depends on how you say what you have to [Read More…]

LEGO Social Mobility

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