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Clashing Symbols Vie for Our Nation’s Character

Two sets of ‘boundary’ symbols paint clashing portraits of our nation’s character. One denotes liberty and responsibility; the other is protectionist and inhospitable. Which will you heed? […] Read More

Can Churches Help Society Find a New ‘New Normal’?

I’ve been losing a daily bet for some time now that things can’t get any more (you fill in the word) – crazy, embarrassing, silly, preposterous, unbelievable – on the public stage. As sure as I make such a wager, the next day brings a new level of disarray and disregard for wholesome thought and […] Read More

Calling All Social Justice Investors and Practitioners is seeking courageous investors who want to combine theoretical and applied ethics into an ecumenical Christian movement for social justice. Warren Buffett, one of the world’s greatest investors, concluded, “Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard.” At, we […] Read More

Why Your Public Library Matters Now More Than Ever

Public libraries cost money. In fact, public libraries are expensive. No surprise then that when it comes to cutting the cost of public services, our public libraries and their budgets are also up for grabs. I posted an article on Facebook recently lamenting the loss of 900 public libraries in England and Wales in the […] Read More

Pastors’ Group Supports Strong Education for All Kids

The moral foundation of public education is supported in Scripture in a number of important passages. In Genesis, God brings all the animals to the human to see what the human would call them. This labeling and naming enterprise is education, and in a very real sense, God is the first educator. In order to […] Read More

Why You Should Give Up Your Rights for the Gospel

The Apostle Paul presented a strong case that he and his fellow ministers had the right to be paid for their service. In a letter written in the middle of the first century to Christians living in the Greek city of Corinth, he asked, “If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too […] Read More

The E3 Initiative: What It Means for Your Church

The board of directors met in San Antonio, Texas, last week for our annual board meeting. The meeting was filled with excitement and enthusiasm for the future. While the board conducted important business, the most exciting news came when the board affirmed a new guiding vision for’s future. The “E3 Initiative” is built […] Read More

Don’t Be Overwhelmed; We Can Eliminate Poverty

A challenging and potentially transformative command to enact an economic Sabbath is found in Deuteronomy 15:1-11. Every seven years, Hebrew creditors were to release the remaining debt of the loans given during the previous six years. Debt was the ultimate source of poverty then as it is now, so this was a year when poverty […] Read More

Debunked: ‘What’s Good for Business is Good for America’

There it was again – in an editorial of a newspaper – the cliché I’ve heard all my life: “What’s good for business is good for America.” As a Christian theologian, I have spoken out against “folk religion,” which consists of unconsidered, unreflective clichés. Is there such a thing, perhaps, as “folk economics”? The editorial […] Read More

Forging a New Era for Cooperation

A Masai tribal talking stick helped broker a deal in Washington last week. With the U.S. government shutdown, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) made her Senate colleagues use this stick during their deliberations as a means of forcing each other to listen. The talking stick, a gift from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), helped the congressional leaders […] Read More