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Matthew Tuininga

Christians have sometimes claimed that the eighth commandment, “You shall not steal,” forbids government from ever mandating the redistribution of wealth for the sake of the poor. According to this interpretation, the status quo is the result of God’s providence and must be respected. It is up to individuals, not society collectively, to assist the […] Read More

One of the dismaying trends within evangelical Protestantism in America is the growing divide between those evangelicals who emphasize the church’s responsibility to proclaim a gospel of individual conversion and those who emphasize the church’s responsibility to advocate for social justice. It is a trend that featured prominently at this summer’s synod of the Christian […] Read More

I’ve been preparing to explore the theme of “Good News for the Poor” with my seminary ethics class as the U.S. Congress has been debating changes to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. One of the things I do with my students is to walk through the New Testament to show them just how continuously […] Read More

How should the church respond to President Trump’s travel ban? I began wrestling with this question when I read about two Christian families from Syria one recent Sunday morning. After working to attain permission to come to America, they were told upon arriving at the airport that they either needed to leave the country or […] Read More