An Economist Takes on the Parable of the Good Samaritan

Who will help those in less-fortunate situations when everyone believes that someone else will do the job? This is the question that Ted Bergstrom addresses in a new paper published in the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics entitled: “The Good Samaritan and Traffic on the Road to Jericho“. Bergstrom illustrates his paper with a modern retelling of…

[Book Review] Slow Kingdom Coming

Over the past few weeks – in the break between semesters – I’ve been able to find time to read. I’ve read less than I wanted to (of course), but have thoroughly enjoyed each of the books I read. In this post, I will review one of these books, Slow Kingdom Coming: Practices for Doing Justice,…

Reflections on the Past Week

Like many people, I’ve spent the last week numb – and to be perfectly honest – shocked. I process best by writing and I’ve written a lot over the past week. Most of this writing won’t be shared (not on this blog anyway). I’ve thought a lot about what the role of this blog is…

Faith Meets the Evidence-based Spirit

This week I was forwarded an article in which Jessica Jackley (the co-founder of Kiva and crowdfunding aficionado) was interviewed in Christianity Today. The article, entitled Faith Meets the Entrepreneurial Spirit, deserves a read. That being said, I’d like to comment on several points made in the interview: In your book, you share how the…

There are Still ‘Good Guys’ in the NFL

Ben Watson has always been one of my favorite all-time (non-superstar) professional sports players. Primarily due to this play… (P.S. I STILL don’t understand how that play did not result in a touchback. Like, I don’t understand the physics. But ANYWAY.) Ben sealed the deal for eternity with the following statement he posted on his…