Category Archives: Compassion

Missionaries: What Good are They?

What happens when missionaries show up? What do missionaries really accomplish? More than they generally get credit for. That’s the conclusion of some PhD research by Robert Woodberry on the impact of Protestant missionaries. Most people would likely credit missionaries … Continue reading

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Like Father, Like Children: God’s Compassion Shows Up In His Offspring

Compassion, often referred to today as “social justice,” has an ancient derivation: it comes from God. Marvin Olasky, editor in chief of WORLD Magazine, wrote The Tragedy of American Compassion in 1994. We have been reflecting on Olaskay’s seven principles, … Continue reading

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“SOCIAL JUSTICE” Means Freedom to Work

The phrase “Right to Work” has received lots of press lately. And the Bible has something important to say about work. In fact, God’s view of work is related to His view of compassion. In two recent posts we highlighted … Continue reading

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Social Justice Requires Both a Warm Heart and a Clear Head

Social justice (aka compassion) arises from a warm heart and matures in a clear head. In a recent post we highlighted two of seven principles of compassion (Affiliation and Bonding) identified by Marvin Olasky in The Tragedy of American Compassion. … Continue reading

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There is No True Social Justice Without Personal Relationship

In his book, The Tragedy of American Compassion, Marvin Olasky suggests seven marks of compassion. Taken together these add powerfully to our view and practice of biblical social justice. Social Justice and Affiliation The first mark is affiliation, defined by … Continue reading

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A WORLD WITHOUT CHRIST is a World Without Compassion

Compassion didn’t come out of nowhere.  It came to the world from God and His incarnate Son. Mercy is not to be found in Christless world.  The standards of a fallen humanity include hardness of heart, cruelty, and malice. The Bible, … Continue reading

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A LOVE Better Than Life

In two recent posts, (Compassion, the Noun That Used to be a Verb and Mom’s Compassion is Like God … and So is Dad’s) we examined some of the Bible’s key vocabulary about compassion. God himself is the author of … Continue reading

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MOM’S Compassion is Like God .. And So Is Dad’s!

Our recent post, COMPASSION: The Noun That Used to Be a Verb, introduced some of the rich biblical vocabulary behind the English terms “compassion” and “social justice.” Why should we bother to study the biblical vocabulary? Because compassion is central … Continue reading

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COMPASSION: The Noun That Used to Be a Verb

Compassion doesn’t mean what it used to. Not in Western cultures, at least. One hundred fifty years ago compassion was a verb. The term meant “to compassionate, i.e., to join with in passion.”[1]  Today, compassion is a noun. It has been … Continue reading

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The OXYMORON of Atheist Compassion

Atheism provides no basis for compassion and social justice. “Atheist compassion” is an oxymoron (a statement that contradicts itself, like ”jumbo shrimp.”) That is not to say that atheists are never compassionate; they often are. But their compassion is not driven by … Continue reading

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