Jordan Ballor

CP Op-Ed Contributor


  • Powerball Preys on the Poor

    Powerball Preys on the Poor

    Where state governments are supposed to be looking after the welfare of their citizenry, the commonwealth of all the people, the establishment of a lottery has in fact betrayed the citizenry.

  • House of Cards Frank Underwood: One Righteous Man

    House of Cards Frank Underwood: One Righteous Man

    Fans of the critically-acclaimed Netflix original series House of Cards are eagerly awaiting the release of the second season this Friday. Frank Underwood, masterfully played by the award-winning Kevin Spacey, embodies the corruption that so often attends to the pursuit of political power.

  • Should There Be Rules on Labeling Hate Groups?

    When the SPLC makes up a list, its own institutional integrity (or lack thereof) determines the effectiveness of its labeling this or that group as hateful. If groups that have taken it upon themselves to make such determinations cannot tell the difference between activism on behalf of the biblical definition of marriage and the incitement of hatred and violence towards others, then their own institutional credibility suffers.

  • What to Make of Obama Crediting Community Over the Individual in Business Success

    But even though the president's words here may have been designed to cater to a base more inclined toward collectivism, conservatives and independents should not respond by rejecting the kernel of truth contained in the president's remarks.

  • The Significance of American Freedom to a Christian

    For Christians, the freedoms we enjoy as Americans must be recognized as the blessings they are and be properly oriented to our ultimate identity as citizens of heaven.

  • Christian Giving Begins with the Local Church

    If local churches hope to take up their rightful place of priority in their congregation\'s charitable giving, then they will need to show that they are being faithful and obedient stewards of their mandate.

  • Work and the Two Great Love Commandments

    Amid the threat of a \"double-dip\" recession, and the ongoing plight of joblessness across America, this past Labor Day was bittersweet for many.

  • Lutheran World Federation Misses the Mark on Work and Wealth

    There was a good deal of reflection and self-expression from the hundreds of delegates gathered in Stuttgart, Germany, on topics related to global poverty and hunger.

  • Missing the Boat on the Tea Parties

    There has been good deal of ink, digital or otherwise, spilled over the Tea Party movement in the last few months, and there\'s little sign of abatement anytime soon.

  • The Science of Stewardship: Sin, Sustainability, and GM Foods

    Can the earth\'s food supply possibly keep pace with a global population estimated by some to top 8 billion by the year 2020 and 9 billion by 2030?