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Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Markets and Morality

Apr 6, 2015

This is one of those topics where the amount of sloppy thinking or just plain wrong thinking tends to abound. And sadly plenty of Christians can get things wrong here big time. There is a knee-jerk reaction against the free

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Band Aid Baloney

Nov 20, 2014

OK, another crisis, another token gesture by the West’s super rich elites. But hey, at least it makes ’em feel good. While it might assuage their guilt feeling about living like kings while so much of the world is in

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Gates, Giving, and Gullibility

Nov 7, 2013

There are far too many Christians who are woefully ignorant of things they really should know something about. And there are far too many believers who think that good intentions alone are sufficient to justify a particular course of action.

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Christians and Foreign Aid

Sep 18, 2013

Regrettably, many Christians do not think very carefully or biblically about the important social issues of the day. At best the church often just simply slavishly follows whatever the world is thinking, and just parrots the world’s nostrums instead of

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When Aid Money Means Killing Money

Jul 15, 2012

Simply giving money to various “good” causes is not itself always necessarily virtuous. In fact, it may be downright harmful and evil. A lot depends on where your money is going and what it is being used for. I have

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Do You Know Where Your Money Is Going?

Jun 16, 2012

Jesus made it quite clear that his followers should be wise, discerning, and fully aware. They certainly should not be gullible, lacking in proper judgment, or taken in by various tricksters and frauds. Discernment, sound moral judgment and clear thinking

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Rethinking Foreign Aid

Oct 17, 2009

There have been plenty of critics of Western foreign aid, and quite often, rightly so. They have pointed out the waste, inefficiencies and counter-productive nature of much of our overseas aid programs.

One primary example of this is Lord P.

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The Coercive Utopians Are At it Again

Jan 22, 2009

Amongst the favourite terms blithely thrown around by the various radical social activist groups are “tolerance,” “acceptance,” “inclusion,” and “love”. Sounds pretty good. But the rhetoric seldom matches the reality with these groups. They are all about sweetness and light

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Abortion, Population and Eugenics

Oct 15, 2008

Every reason offered for abortion is a bad reason. But there is one reason often thrown around which is not only bad, but dumb. I refer to those who argue that abortion is necessary because it helps to control our

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Rockenomics and the Poor

Nov 20, 2006

The G20 Summit in Melbourne is now history, as is the Australian tour of U2. Both tried to grapple with the issue of world poverty. One, it seems to me, will be more successful than the other.

As for the

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Christianity and Poverty

Nov 16, 2006

How is the believer to think about poverty, welfare, and the best way to help the poor? Such topics are far too big to consider here, but aspects of this discussion can be briefly addressed.

For example, what does one

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