The Kindest Way for Churches to Destroy People

I was prompted to rethink my own presuppositions about stewardship after reading Ron Sider’s probing book, “Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity,” several years ago. More recently, I have been thinking more deeply...

Are Charity Shops Becoming Too Pricey for Poor?

While browsing an Oxfam bookshop recently, I saw several books and a CD I would have bought, but, to be honest and upfront about it, they were far too expensive. I know the secondhand book market and the prices that are fair and sensible. The Oxfam pricing policy...

Are Public Charity and Social Justice Different?

A healthy Christian spirituality includes both an internal life of integrity that is developed through a personal relationship with Christ and an external life of ministry that is expressed through self-giving service for the good of others.  The life of service...

U.S. Jumps to Top of Charity Index

WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans: the most generous people in the world. In this season of giving, that’s no idle gloat. According to a new study, the United States tops a massive global charity survey, rising from fifth place in 2010. The “World Giving Index,” based on...