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

Selected Reading on Wealth and Poverty

Oct 12, 2011

With the current round of leftist protests in the US, especially targeting Wall Street and the wealthy, I find it a continued source of fascination that there seems to be such a widespread lack of knowledge about basic economics. These

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The Bible and Private Property

May 30, 2016

One of the core differences between socialism and the free market is of course the place of private property. Simply put, the former hates it and seeks to eradicate it, while the latter celebrates it and is fully based on

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The Church, Riches and Responsibility

Nov 20, 2015

That the Bible speaks about riches and wealth, often in the form of a warning, is of course perfectly clear. We cannot escape the fact that riches can have a corrupting impact on so many people, and it can become

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Liberation Theology and Marxism

May 5, 2015

We do not hear all that much about liberation theology nowadays. But it certainly was a major issue in the 70s and 80s, and I wrote extensively about it at the time. Although primarily a phenomena of Latin America, and

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Promoting Baby Buying and Selling

Apr 18, 2015

Many parts of the world are finally waking up to the great evils of human trafficking, and are starting to take action against it – and rightly so. This nefarious trade involves the selling of people – mainly women and

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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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Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore and Christianity

Mar 23, 2015

Today the founding Prime Minister of Singapore passed away at age 91. He is rightly credited with single-handedly turning Singapore from a third-world backwater to a first-world success story. One of the wealthiest nations in the world, the Singapore miracle

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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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On Dealing with Truth and Error

Aug 18, 2013

Any careful student of church history knows how easy it is for truth to give way to error, for orthodoxy to collapse into heterodoxy. They would also know that every cult and heresy which has arisen contains a tantalising mix

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