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Although many conservative white evangelicals decry social justice, using terms like “social justice warrior” as a pejorative, it’s impossible to separate it from the Kingdom of God. Let’s explore what the Bible means by justice. […] Read More

I criticized in a recent column the idea that Christians should not cooperate with the criminal justice system to the point that churches refuse to call police. That does not mean that churches should accept every aspect of contemporary ideas of crime and punishment, as they assuredly have so much that is useful and innovative […] Read More

The Bible doesn’t provide much guidance on tax policy, other than suggesting we ought to “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.” Fortunately, when it comes to designing a tax system, fiscal policy textbooks have identified three core economic principles that have to be satisfied for a tax system to work in a modern economy. […] Read More

What might be three essential faith practices we should take with us on our 40-day journey toward Easter? On the Sunday before Lent at my congregation, I suggested these based off of Micah 6:8: justice, kindness and humility. Justice is such a hot button word in faith communities these days. Religious folks of all kinds […] Read More

Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn’t necessarily change the social, economic and political structures that unfairly victimize some people and unduly privilege others. We need to be fair and good of heart, but we also need to have fair and good […] Read More

Economics eventually lead back to God. Justice and injustice, generosity and greed, compassion and callousness, sharing and possessiveness, these and many other contrasts in the human condition are inextricably woven into the fabric of human ethics, and for people of faith, provide the texture of holiness in practical terms. Living in contemporary Western affluence, there […] Read More

There is little about the fourth Beatitude – “Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness” – that we get right. Let’s start with our concept of “righteousness.” We have made it a general term for “sinlessness” – “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). This is the verse I was told […] Read More

It is becoming a widespread observation that we are surrounded by at least two very different versions of who we are, where we have been and where we are going as a society and a nation. We can look and listen for a while, then change news channels, tune in to the other side of […] Read More

Is there a connection between God’s people demonstrating compassion and welcoming the poor and broken into their midst and caring for them, and God manifesting his presence? Why does it seem that in so many places in Scripture the poor and those who live on the margins of society are so important to God? Is […] Read More

When did Bethlehem become the “city of David”? That title had always been given to Jerusalem. Forty times in the Old Testament, Jerusalem is referred to as the city of David, and no other city in the Bible is ever called by that name. Until Luke’s gospel. “Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth […] Read More