What Christian Citizens Owe Government Leaders | Influence Magazine

This past Wednesday, Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated president of the United States of America. Despite our nation’s name, we are a divided people. Many Americans voted for Biden and support the public policies he pledged to enact. Many others … Continue reading What Christian Citizens Owe Government Leaders | Influence Magazine

Payday Lending Links

Today, I made a presentation on payday lending at Evangel University’s Compassion Symposium. First, here’s a video from Pew Charitable Trusts that explains how payday lending works: Here’s an additional video about who uses payday loans and why: I referenced the following Scriptures: The Old Testament prohibits the people of God from charging interest on loans to fellow Israelites: Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:36–37; Deuteronomy 23:19–20; Nehemiah 5:1–19; Psalm 15:1, 5; Ezekiel 18:8, 13, 17; 22:12. The New Testament promotes an ethic of koinonia, “fellowship.” That fellowship has an economic component to it, an ethic of sharing. See, for example: Acts … Continue reading Payday Lending Links

The Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that … Continue reading The Declaration of Independence

Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough | Influence Magazine

Note: The following column will appear in the March/April 2018 issue of Influence magazine. I wrote it prior to yesterday’s deadly shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Its purpose is to encourage local congregations to respond holistically to people’s needs when tragedy strikes their community. ***** The deadliest mass shooting in the United States took place the night of October 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, leaving 58 dead and 851 injured. In the aftermath of that shooting, people across America took … Continue reading Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough | Influence Magazine