Category Archives: Compassion

COMPASSION: The Noun That Used to Be a Verb

Three years ago we started a series of blog posts on the subject of social justice. The term was (and still is) popular among many younger Christ followers, but not everyone has a good grasp on its biblical roots. Our posts … Continue reading

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This Just In … Christians Care!

Christians care! That’s the gist of a recent editorial from the New York Times, “A Little Respect for Dr. Foster” by Nicholas Kristof/ @NickKristof. Kristof begins by referencing polls that indicate “gays and lesbians” are viewed more favorably than “evangelical Christians.” But he … Continue reading

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One Mother’s Unspeakable Christmas Love

This is that wonderful time of year when we observe the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He was the ultimate gift of love: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son … (John 3:16 NIV).” … Continue reading

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Compassion AND Law at the Border?

Recently we published a post about the crisis on the Mexico/US border. Since then I came across a very helpful article by Erick Erickson, “Moral Clarity at the Border.” Erickson is an American political commentator and blogger. Christians tend to … Continue reading

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The Nightmare on the Way to the American Dream

Recent events in Europe and the Middle East have pushed the border stories down a notch. But immigrants from Central America are still flooding into the US. Children and youth (and women) are fleeing corrupt and impoverished Central American nations. … Continue reading

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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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