Churches, Nonprofits Face Financially Troubled Future

It is no secret that many churches and other charities are financially troubled—and not only because of a downturn in the economy. There has been a documented downward trend in personal giving, especially to churches, during the last several decades. While the U.S. is...

Lotteries Here to Stay but Still Shameful

I believe the United States has been guilty of many sins throughout its history, collectively speaking. For example, most will agree that the systematic elimination of many native peoples, the kidnapping and enslavement of hundreds of thousands of people of color, and...

Why Pastors Should Consider Smaller Churches

Although I grew up in the rural South and cut my spiritual teeth in a small, rural church, I never really fancied myself remaining there voluntarily in adulthood. As a ministerial student, I followed a common track through a Baptist college and seminary. Although I...

Helping Others Must Balance Wisdom, Compassion

I only heard the phrase “compassion fatigue” a few years ago, but I knew what it meant even before I heard it defined. I know I am not as good a Christian as some, but fairly often, I feel burned by someone I am trying to help in some material way. Sadly,...