Social Good

What’s my convenience worth?

Read Time: 2 min.

“What’s my convenience worth?” It was a seemingly simple question from my friend Aaron, but an inquiry with some pretty significant implications for the way I discipline my day, treat others, or deal with things. We live in what you might call a convenience culture. Drive-thrus and free refills, fast food and grocery delivery, e-mails and easy returns, microwaveable meals and to-go containers, air...

Can We Love God and the Environment?

Read Time: 4 min.

To stand in the thick of an environmental debate, one might assume that environmentalism—caring for the earth—is a political issue. Perhaps even a “leftist” or “liberal” agenda. But from a Christian perspective, there is nothing political about it. We understand ourselves to be a part of creation, deeply embedded in an interdependent world that God graciously sustains with vibrant life. Humans are...

Social Justice and Activism

Read Time: 7 min.

A quick internet search of “social justice” frustrates. Some people are richer than others: it isn’t fair. Some people want to take away our money: it isn’t fair. Too many people can vote, or not enough people can vote. Either way, it isn’t fair. Often, the talk confuses. It usually isn’t a conversation, but yelling. It would be easy to ignore the noise. Bottom line: talking about social justice i...

What Does the Bible Say About War and Pacifism?

Read Time: 6 min.

Outside the United Nations building in New York, there is a famous statue of a man beating his sword—a weapon of war—into a plowshare, an instrument of peaceful farming. This statue captured the sentiment of many after the horrors of World War II, which left at least 50 million dead. After all that death, couldn’t our world live in peace? However, many drew a different lesson from World War II: in...

What Do Christians Think About Poverty?

Read Time: 5 min.

We can’t seem to make it go away. If you are reading this on a computer or tablet or smartphone—that you personally own—material poverty is not the defining force of your life. You might be part of the 71% of humanity that lives on less than $10 a day, but you are certainly not living in abject poverty. In most developing countries this would mean less than $2.50 a day—sadly the reality for ...

Is Consumerism So Bad?

Read Time: 4 min.

From the beginning of time, people have exchanged goods to fulfill needs; it’s fundamental to any healthy economic system. Those systems have become larger and more sophisticated with time, but they essentially fulfill the same purpose. Or do they? In our increasingly complex economic systems, many of our exchanges involve products we don’t need or products that are frivolous in the eyes of someon...

Is Fair Trade Fair?

Read Time: 4 min.

What is it? Let’s start with coffee. Coffee consumption has become so ubiquitous in American culture that many of us shudder at the thought of a day without it. But there’s more to that daily cup of joe than just a caffeine boost. Coffee is clearly a profitable enterprise for retailers, but it’s often a different story for the farmers themselves. Changing temperatures, weather patterns, droughts, ...

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