The Changing World of Charitable Good, Philanthropy and What the Church Calls Missions.

By Tom Bassford

Who doesn’t want to make the world a better place?  It’s no longer enough to simply do random acts of kindness or hand out an endless stream of charity. Instead thoughtful people are asking questions about lasting change and sustainable solutions in our efforts to make the world a better place.  How does the church through its mission efforts create more sustainable and dignified ways of helping those we seek to help and grapple with what it means to live in a world that is always becoming?  That’s what this BLOG is about.  I hope you’ll join the conversation and introduce us to others in your network.


The Calculus of Compassion – An Overview

Slide RuleLearning in every area of life is a building proposition. We build on foundational knowledge and experience an ever deepening and more sophisticated understanding of things, both intellectually and practically. First we learn our numbers, and then we learn arithmetic which becomes the means for solving algebra, geometry and trigonometry which in turn we use to do calculus. We don’t get to the more complex and sophisticated disciplines of math except that we first learn our numbers. The same is true in the realm of the practical or “doable” things of life. If I want to be a great guitarist I first have to learn to tune a guitar, strum with my right hand, form chords with my left and keep time. Or, as the saying goes, we learn to walk before we run.

This principle is more than an interesting observation; it represents a driving force embedded in both human experience and nature itself. We are not satisfied with either our understanding of things or our accomplishments.