The Difference Between Charity and Government

From the “I can’t believe we still have to explain this” file, David French explains the difference between charity and political graft disguised as charity: Imagine development officers from two relief agencies visit your house — one is from a large Christian agency, the other from the government. The Christian development officer will tell you…

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Glimmer of Hope: Bono Figures it Out

In what I hope will be a continuing series, here’s a news story that makes me think that maybe, possibly there’s the slightest chance that we’re not all completely doomed: U2 frontman Bono, the P.T. Barnum of foreign aid, has recognized that free market capitalism is vital for lifting people out of poverty. And enjoy…

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Things I Learned from My Son’s Beginner’s Bible

More insight from the Beginner’s Bible: What did Samson and Delilah’s relationship look like?

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Vince Vaughn and Glenn Beck? Glenn Beck and Vince Vaughn?

Here’s one of the weirder news stories I’ve heard… um, ever: …the “Swingers” star has partnered with the radio show host to produce a new reality show that will air in 2013 on Beck’s TheBlaze TV.   The show is called “Pursuit of Truth,” and it pits 20 documentary filmmakers against one another, with the grand…

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Things I Learned from My Son’s Beginner’s Bible

More insight from the Beginner’s Bible:

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Putting Christ Back in Christmas Without Putting a Boot Up Somebody’s Behind

A priest advises Christians on how to respond to atheists’ assault on the “Christ” part of Christmas: “When I see people getting really worked up about this issue, I understand it and it is worthy of a discussion and worthy of an expression of our disagreement with the way in which these people go about…

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The 4 Ways Money Can Be Spent and the Indiana Jones Scale of Morality

Milton Friedman had a legendary explanation of the four ways that money can be spent. Here’s the great man elaborating on the concept: It’s an elegant explanation of why it’s dumb to try to funnel everything through a central government and expect good results to come out the other side. But Friedman’s explanation focuses on…

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Things I Learned from My Son’s Beginner’s Bible

Every night before I put my son to bed, we read a story from his Beginner’s Bible. And it’s not just for beginners—the illustrations are opening my eyes to a whole bunch details that I never picked up from my lame, unillustrated Bible. So to aid the theological education of my readership, I’m going to…

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For a Better America, Break Out the Barry White and Massage Oil

Ross Douthat says that if you want to help America, commence with the baby-making: Today’s babies are tomorrow’s taxpayers and workers and entrepreneurs, and relatively youthful populations speed economic growth and keep spending commitments affordable. Thanks to our relative demographic dynamism, the America of 50 years hence may not only have more workers per retiree…

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Dumb Tweets from @donaldmiller

I was going to respond to this with a tweet of my own (I’m on Twitter too! Follow me! @cynicchristian!), but I wanted to spend a few more characters on it. The tweet in question: To think that Christians should base their actions on the “common perception” of them is to believe that we live…

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