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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 admits that Christians care: “I’ve been truly awed by [the

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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 divide into two streams of thought around this crisis. One

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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, first in There is No True Social Justice Without Personal

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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. This post is the second of the series. Olasky’s third

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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 Webster’s 1828 as “adoption; association in the same family or

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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, on the other hand, is a treasure of compassion, as

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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 compassion. If we are serious about compassion, we must understand

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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 to our faith, and comes from God’s heart. Yet it

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Charity Like the God We Worship

It is a truism that we build societies in the image of the God we worship. The Psalmist put it this way: 15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 16 They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not

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TRUE COMPASSION: Suffering Together With

“Compassion” has become one of a growing number of politicized words (like ‘access’ or ‘diversity’) whose meaning has been corrupted beyond redemption. So writes Thomas Sowell the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at The Hoover Institution of Stanford University. While I would agree with Sowell that the word has

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