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Plans to deregulate Wall Street

I am not an economist, but, intuitively, Trumps plan to deregulate Wall Street seems very wrong to me. In January, Oxfam researchers declared that just 8 men own the same wealth as half of the world. Wealth disparity statistics become … Continue reading

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New Directions for Aimless Politics

Many Christians feel lost at sea this (U.S.) election. For some, the traditional loyalties that have anchored us have been severed. We have been thrown off-course, with no obvious way forward. Perhaps our disorientation is prompting us to inquire freshly … Continue reading

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A Jazz Talk | How Biblical Law Shapes Missional Communities

In this jazz-talk I speak from the piano about how to read the laws of the Old Testament, what is known as biblical law. I illustrate the nature of biblical law by comparing the development of biblical law to the … Continue reading

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Voting and the Kingdom of God

I have had a short article published in light of the upcoming Canadian elections: “Voting and the Kingdom of God.” At the polling booth this election, Christ followers can be guided by the biblical story, which unfolds Christ’s restoring purposes … Continue reading

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Does Obamacare match with Biblical ethics? The Government shutdown may be a fitting time to reflect.

During this U.S. Government shutdown, it may be an fitting for American Christians to consider how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, at the centre of the dispute, matches up with Biblical ethics. It seems that Biblical … Continue reading

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A new book on poverty ethics in Paul

I have a new top pick for poverty ethics in Paul: Bruce Longenecker’s, ‘Remember the Poor, Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World’ (Eerdmans, 2010). In discussions of poverty in scripture, Paul’s letters are often viewed as the weak link. Longenecker … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments – God’s Economics

Few Christians realize that the ten commandments stridently address some pressing problems of our generation: massive inequality of wealth, growing refugee populations, rampant consumerism and more. In their original context the ten commandments were a platform for justice, and they are a … Continue reading

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Voice for the Voiceless

Speaking the words of Christ includes giving voice to the voiceless. This theme runs through the heart of the Old Testament. The law insists upon it, the prophets rail against Israel’s failure in this regard. The church too has a … Continue reading

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God’s judgement: an exclusivist outrage or the end of oppression?

God’s judgement is a stench to many westerners. Yet Christians from other cultures who know the harsh reality of conflict and oppression cry out for the judgement of God. In scripture judgement means the end of oppression and violence. Belief … Continue reading

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‘Kony 2012’ tells us more about ourselves than about Uganda

Why do many of us feel a strange resistance to the Joseph Kony internet campaign? The Kony 2012 video received 50 million views over four days. Isn’t this a good thing? Thousands of young lives are ruined by the Kony-led … Continue reading

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