Individual and communal acts of charity in these times are certainly necessary and good. But I’m not so sure that imagining our society’s economic and health care needs as one massive GoFundMe campaign is how we will get through this
(RNS) — One of the holiest days of the Christian year is right around the corner.We need more churches and we need more Christians to take the teachings of Jesus seriously and risk it all for the sake of healing the world.
We need to get right to a recent scoop by Vox. According to the headline, a man has given at least 10 percent of his income to charity for 10 years running. “What a revolutionary idea,” said one person (actually, lots of people) on Twitter.
In 2010, Panera launched a series of non-profit cafes. This "pay what you want" endeavor is an experiment in charity that goes right to the heart of human nature. It's a battle between ethical concerns, and the way people actually spend their money.
Christ’s parable of the judgment of sheep and goats as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel deals more with justice than charity, said Nicholas Wolterstorff, professor emeritus of philosophical theology at Yale University.
Following Jesus' lead isn't always easy, but discerning his will in matters of meeting human need is hardly rocket science. Even at Christmas it is easy to be cynical and reluctant to respond positively to obvious needs. But even as you dig into your purse