Vox: I Rely on Thrift Stores to Keep My Family Clothed and Fed. What You Donate Matters.

Wherever and whatever you choose to give this Christmas, the most important thing is to make other people’s lives a little better. Thinking a bit about how your donations will be used, and who could benefit from them most, can increase your power to do good with all of the old junk that’s cluttering up your space.

And from my family and me, thanks.

Vox: I Rely on Thrift Stores to Keep My Family Clothed and Fed. What You Donate Matters.

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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