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 Kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope is a fairly new podcast — as I write this there are only two episodes out (there will be more by the time I publish) — from award winning journalist and writer Deborah Jian Lee. On the podcast, Lee, along with pastor-in-residence Erin James-Brown, explore faith and justice with activities, authors, and spiritual leaders. It isn’t an academic conversation, though. The first two episodes featured deeply person conversations with M. Barclay (the first non-binary trans person commissioned as a deacon in the United Methodist Church) and Eboo Patel (founder of Interfaith Youth Core and former spiritual advisor to President Obama). On Kaleidoscope, there is a profound meeting of personal narrative and broader ideas about faith and justice in difficult times.

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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