Fixing Education Inequity Should Top Our National Agenda

August 18, 2016 ...

Two out of three American eighth graders can neither read nor do math at grade level. Schools serving low-income communities perform particularly poorly on a whole range of measurable outcomes including language, reading, and mathematics — critical skills for performing well and succeeding in society. Read the full article at Sojourners.

Faith in the Voting Booth?

June 30, 2016 ...

While disagreements on the issues are expected, and indeed helpful in stimulating debate, policy differences have not been the center of attention in this year’s campaigns. Rather, the campaigns have highlighted the character flaws of the opposing candidates. In turn, some candidates’ appeals to fear, anger, and prejudice have tested the character of the voters. …

Engaging the Elections at Church

June 15, 2016 ...

When Christians gather for worship on Sundays or for Bible study and fellowship during the week, the political messages they hear are likely to echo in their minds. How should pastors lead their flocks during this time? One viable option is to say nothing at all about politics. The Church’s central task is to make …

New Rules on Small Dollar Loans

June 2, 2016 ...

When used responsibly, credit can be a blessing. Banks, credit unions and other financial institutions play a vital role in the efficient functioning of a modern economy, contributing to the common good. The Bible offers these guidelines for honorable lending and borrowing: Don’t take advantage of the vulnerable. Don’t charge excessive interest. Lend generously. Avoid …

How Should Christians Vote?

March 22, 2016 ...

Ironically, a plurality of those who have voted thus far in Republican primaries and caucuses has supported a candidate known for coarse language and for building casinos and strip clubs. Of course, many evangelical church leaders do not endorse political candidates or engage in partisan political activity. But evangelicals care deeply about the health of …

Faith in the Voting Booth

January 22, 2016 ...

In “Faith in the Voting Booth,” Leith Anderson and Galen Carey show how better informed, faith-directed voting is both possible and needed in our country today. Biblical wisdom is relevant to today’s complex political issues, and each voting decision should be thoughtfully and prayerfully approached. Now there’s a resource to help you: Identify the issues …

Let the Poverty Debates Begin!

August 6, 2015 ...

We were tired of the old stereotypes and partisan divisions where both sides blame the other and nothing gets done. Instead, we sought to identify common sense ideas that capture the insights and win the support of faith and community leaders and policymakers across divisions of race and religion, party and ideology. Read the full …