The Common Good

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Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor

We are looking for 1,000 pastors to debunk a myth based on the political assertion that government doesn't have any responsibility to poor people. The myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed people's taxes. Both this assertion and myth contradict the biblical imperative to hold societies and rulers responsible for how they treat the poor, and ignore the Christian tradition of holding governments accountable to those in need. Faith-based organizations and government have had effective and healthy partnerships, and ultimately, the assertion and myth have more to do with libertarian political ideology, than good theology.

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Christians and the Common Good

For the longest time, when Christians have thought about political engagement, they have often begun the discussion with the question: What is the biblical role of government?
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Why We're Talking About Glenn Beck and Social Justice

Jim Wallis is on vacation this week, but before leaving he wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post
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What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice

When Glenn Beck promised to devote a whole week of his television show to come after me, I wasn't sure he really meant it. I guess he did. Last night he began to make good on the threat he made on his radio show that "the hammer will fall."
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Health Care, Immigrants, and the Character of our Country

With an issue like health, deeply personal, but of great public concern, the faith community has a unique and important role to play -- to define and raise the moral issues beneath the policy debat
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