Kurt Willems has an interesting post about the Seattle City Council’s decision to ban single-use plastic bags. In 2008, Seattle tried to impose a fee on plastic shopping bags, but voters overturned it after a petition drive funded by the plastics industry. Kurt thinks the ban is a good idea, and I agree. But some … Continue reading Making our trash someone else’s problem
This is Gamla. Or more precisely, what’s left of it. Carved into a steep hillside northeast of Galilee, Gamla is where the Jewish Zealot movement was born. Zealots demanded strict adherence to the law and total separation from anyone who didn’t believe exactly as they did. To be a Zealot was to be perpetually angry. Angry at the … Continue reading People of the third way
Several prominent evangelicals released a statement today called The Evangelical Manifesto. Definitely worth reading. The statement and its signers seek to define evangelicalism in a way that, to many, may sound a lot like someone trying to put new spin on an old idea. But what this manifesto proposes is nothing more (or less) than … Continue reading Evangelical recovery?
I read about this on the God’s Politics blog this evening… Michael Gerson is regarded by many as one of the most talented (and controversial) speechwriters today. Having spent five-plus years as the top White House speechwriter, Gerson, a graduate of Wheaton College, is the man responsible for such memorable lines as the poetic “soft … Continue reading heroic conservatism
Recently, I saw this ad—one of several from the Acton Institute, a conservative think tank that advocates, among other things, the use of free market economics to help fight poverty. I respect the Acton Institute. I think they have several good ideas about fighting poverty. Some of their other ads advocate things like microloans for … Continue reading Fast food continent
Here’s an interesting article from today’s Washington Post: Spread of AIDS in Africa Is Outpacing Treatment Basically, new infections are happening faster than people can get treatment in Africa—even though the number of Africans taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) has increased 1300% since 2004. According to the UN, for every South African who gained access to ARVs … Continue reading more than just treatment . . .
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. 1 in 10 Americans are at risk of hunger, while about 1 in 100 actually go hungry. This may be small compared to places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where 1 in 3 go hungry. But we’re a country that throws away nearly 100 billion pounds of food … Continue reading Stamp Out Hunger
Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become … Continue reading what makes God mad?
Seattle has a fairly large homeless population, so it’s not uncommon to see someone standing on a street corner, cardboard sign in hand, asking for money. This weekend, I saw two signs that, if nothing else, deserve points for honesty and creativity, respectively. The first read: “Why lie? Need money to buy beer.” The second … Continue reading will work for food