Tagged with compassion

It really is better to give…

The Apostle Paul cites a saying of Jesus (not recorded in the gospel accounts): In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ According to this New York … Continue reading »

A Woman’s Right to Choose

Apparently, women in China are going to have a right to choose whether to have an abortion. This is a great pro-life victory: Following international outcry, China’s Population and Family Planning Commission issued an order to ban the use of forced abortion when enforcing its one-child policy. The directive is being hailed as a significant … Continue reading »

Best Tim Tebow Article

I don’t follow football very closely, but as a former Coloradoan, it was good to see Tebow shake things up with those come-from-behind wins most of this past fall. And after the win last week against the Steelers, it’s been impossible to miss all the coverage. There’s a new/old song about him, the inevitable Hitler/Downfall … Continue reading »

Please Don’t Tip

If you want to stiff your waiter, that’s your business. But please don’t drag God into it: The idea that Christians are poor tippers apparently has been whispered in service circles for a long time. Many waiters try not work Sunday brunch, so as to avoid notoriously stingy churchgoers, claims Justin Wise, the director of … Continue reading »

Kristof on Human Trafficking

Nicholas Kristof has another column about the awful reality of human trafficking. (Reader discretion advised.) So for those of you doubtful that “modern slavery” really is an issue for the new international agenda, think of Srey Pov—and multiply her by millions. If what such girls experience isn’t slavery, that word has no meaning. It’s time … Continue reading »

The Best Apologetic

Twenty-odd years ago, I became a Christian, and part of the reason was apologetics, or defenses of the faith. God used several books, including C.S. Lewis’ wonderful Mere Christianity, to overcome my objections to the Christian faith. By the time I got to seminary, however, I was really pretty bored with apologetics. It’s not that … Continue reading »

Jim Collins on Excellence in Church Employees

I happened on an excellent session from Catalyst 2008 with Andy Stanley interviewing Jim Collins about keeping employees who are a poor fit in a position. Andy says that churches are all about mercy — so sometimes, out of compassion for the employee, we keep people in positions for which they aren’t a good match. … Continue reading »

Do the Dead Grieve?

Reading C. S. Lewis, I was struck by this thought: If, as I can’t help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience … Continue reading »

The World Turned Upside Down

The book of Acts records the conflict between the first Christians and the pagan communities they were evangelizing. Those communities said they were advocating customs unlawful for Romans to adopt (Acts 16:20), that they were “turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Have you ever wondered what they meant by that? An article in the … Continue reading »