Category Archives: Population

Singapore: The Fruit of Virtuous Leadership

It’s fashionable to consider “overpopulation” as a blight on a nation’s economic prospects. Ever since Malthus, elites have soberly warned us that too many people on too little land guarantees hunger and poverty. The recent death of Lee Kuan Yew is a fitting occasion to point … Continue reading

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Vision and Technology Turned Desolation Into Abundance

Abundance can come from the most unlikely places. In the 27 years I worked for a relief and development organization, I heard two clear messages too often: From impoverished indigenous peoples the message was, “We have no resources, we are … Continue reading

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Haiti and Israel: A Study in Contrasts

One cannot consider Haiti without asking a perennial question. Why do some nations flourish while others seemed forever trapped in poverty? Observers have suggested many causes, including colonialism, lack of resources, or corruption. But each of these capture only an … Continue reading

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What GDP Could a Free Nigeria Generate?

GDP, believe it or not, is an indicator of a nation’s progress in discipleship. I enjoy reading Mindy Belz’s daily global news update called “Globe Trot” at World Magazine online. In a recent post she provided a link to a … Continue reading

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Turning Out the Lights in Japan: Negative Population Growth

A few years ago, after I finished a lecture in Tokyo a Japanese physician came up to me and announced,  “We are turning out the lights in Japan!” I sensed what he meant but asked him to elaborate. “We are shutting … Continue reading

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Shalom: Watch God at Work in History

When God shows up in human history today, what happens? What does that look like? The gospel spreading? Prayer movements launching? Churches growing? Disciples maturing? Yes, of course. And hungry people being fed. Desperate poverty decreasing. Diseases diminishing. Families living … Continue reading

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Why Christian Couples Should Have Children

Some time back I was talking to a young man who had married about a year earlier. The conversation turned to children and he remarked that they weren’t sure they were going to have kids. I gently reminded him that … Continue reading

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Is it Immoral to Have Children?

“If we all saw the harm we were doing by having children and put a stop to it, within a century or so the world’s population would drop to zero.” So writes Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker, arguing in … Continue reading

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A Look at China’s Ghosts: The One-Child Policy Captured on Canvas

We have written many times in this blog about gendercide – the war against females and the impact on societies. We have also written on the need for artists to speak prophetically to culture. Here is a story that combines … Continue reading

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Abortion’s Bitter Legacy

A few weeks ago, I posted “On My Birth There Was No Singing,” exposing gendercide in India. Now Jonathan V. Last, senior writer at the Weekly Standard, writes a review of Mara Hvistendahl’s book Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of … Continue reading

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