My friend saw I was teaching a course I had described as “about why poor countries stay poor.” He asked what “lay people” should read on the topic. Here’s the favorites that came to mind browsing my bookshelf and picking my brain tonight. The first four are from list of “favorite reads” I keep tucked … [Read more]
Here’s a blog by Tim Hoiland I found interesting on whether my generation and younger who seem to care so much about social justice will continue to care 10 years from now. It also mentions Relevant Magazine and its new spin-off, Reject Apathy, which my husband and I write for often (see our latest here). … [Read more]
Choices, choices, oh so many choices. In today’s ever-enlarging map-grid of turns and intersections to take in life, how do you choose? Here’s an article Adam and I wrote for Relevant Magazine that will strike a cord for just about anyone making decisions in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties… well, I guess anyone. 5 Keys … [Read more]
Our pastor, Zach Nielson, wrote this article: How the Gospel Makes Us Generous And Content With Our Money. He ponders over the questions, Is it okay to try to get wealthy? and What does it take to have financial peace? He refers to Dave Ramsey‘s writing and radio shows. Zach says Ramsey errs on the … [Read more]
More payday lending stores exist in the US today than all McDonalds and Burger King fast food outlets combined. The national average APR is 419 percent. That’s just evil.
Here’s a useful link on ways you can be involved in fighting poverty: A Personal Guide to Fighting Poverty. And here are a few additional articles I have with ideas on how you can be involved in fighting poverty: Ordinary Stuff You Can Do Where Should I Volunteer Overseas? Where Will You Be Of Use? … [Read more]
Check out this amazing video clip: How not to write about Africa, by Binyavanga Wianaina, narrated by Djimon Hounsou. Despite my best intentions, I’m sure I qualified for a couple of these. It puts to words, though, what I want to aim for.
Life has been busy lately. Terribly busy. Busy where I wake up feeling the spillover of fifteen new things I should do that haven’t even made it onto my to-do list. Desperate to live this summer with my children home to its very fullest, I feel trapped by stacks of mail, pictures to hang, the … [Read more]