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While inequalities trigger protests and unrest around the world, the disparities driving such discontent aren’t wholly financial in nature, a report says. They include areas such as education, health and climate change. […] Read More

Fewer U.S. Protestant pastors affirm that the U.S. economy is having a positive impact on their congregations in 2019, a LifeWay report said. Positive responses dropped from 45% in 2018 to 30% this year. […] Read More

Social safety nets have been vital in efforts to lower poverty over the past 50 years, a report says. Without such programs, an additional 37 million people, including 7 million children, would have been in poverty in 2018. […] Read More

The rate of employment is lower and the poverty rate is higher in rural portions of the US compared to metro areas, the USDA reports. Per capita income declined from 2015 to 2017 in more rural parts of the nation. […] Read More

Two families, the Rockefellers and the Pews, built their dynasties viewing oil as a liquid blessing of God and marker of ‘celestial hope’ for the US, the world and God’s kingdom. Their descendants have mostly repudiated that view. […] Read More

As we enter into Advent season, US culture bombards us with consumerism. Our hearts are not with the suffering, the homeless and those in need. They’re aligned with spending more money on more stuff. Can this Advent change us? […] Read More

Farmers are the backbone of our food supply, working long hours to bring food to our tables. As farmers and their families are struggling, churches can begin to engage in tangible efforts to help them in at least five ways. […] Read More

Following World War II, the GI Bill helped many veterans go to school, secure a well-paying job and buy a home. Those benefits, however, only extended to white Americans and excluded many African Americans. […] Read More

Even though reminders of poverty and the poor surround us, most Christians in North America don’t support a sustained response to poverty in an attempt to end it in our lifetimes. The will is not there. […] Read More

In society and church, our desire to measure and value everything in monetary terms always takes us down the path of dehumanization and idolatry. As people of a gracious God, do we know the most important things in life are free? […] Read More