A while ago, I did a series of posts called ‘People I Read’. In that series, I gave little blurbs about the other blogs and sites I regularly read. It was sort of a callback to the blogrolls of the early days of blogs. I thought it would be nice to do something similar for the podcasts I listen to. So here is a new series of blurbs. As with the previous series, I’ll try to put up a new one every couple of weeks.

Today’s podcast I listen to is Stuff You Should Know.

Stuff You Should Know is a podcast from the people at How Stuff Works, hosted by Charles “Chuck” Bryant and Josh Clark. On every episode, they take a medium-sized dive into a single topic, ranging from how Meals on Wheels works to whether vaping is bad for you. Admittedly, it can sometimes feel a little like an undergraduate report hastily pulled together from secondary sources and given off-the-cuff in front of the whole class. But if you want to learn a little bit about a new topic — and especially if you want to learn whether you want to learn more about a new topic — Stuff You Should Know provides a great entry point to subject after subject after subject. And with more than 1,000 episodes, there’s always something new to learn!

Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Right now, there is a movement in churches and nonprofits arguing that charity is toxic, that helping hurts, and that the entire nonprofit sector needs to be reformed to truly lift people out of poverty. These charity skeptics are telling Christians that traditional charity deepens dependency, fosters a sense of entitlement, and erodes the work ethic of people who receive it. Charity skepticism is increasingly popular; and it is almost certainly wrong.

Now available from Wipf and Stock’s Cascade Books imprint, Radical Charity: How Generosity Can Save the World (And the Church) weaves together research and scholarship on topics as diverse as biblical scholarship, Christian history, economics, and behavioral psychology to tell a different story. In this story, charity is the heart of Christianity and one of the most effective ways that we can help people who are living in poverty. Charity—giving to people experiencing poverty without any expectation of return or reformation—can save the world and help make God’s vision for the church a reality.

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