The Effect of School Vouchers on Spiritual Practices

A new working paper, by Daniel Hungerman, Kevin Rinz, and Jay Frymark, entitled, “Beyond the Classroom: The Implications of School Vouchers for Church Finances“, was just released via the NBER working paper series. Although the paper still needs to be peer reviewed, I think it provides valuable insight. Here is the abstract (emphasis added):

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Christianity in Africa

This past weekend I visited the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission, and Culture in Akropong, Ghana. This was the final part of the orientation for the semester in Ghana that I am participating in. It was refreshing to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Accra and spend some time preparing for the upcoming semester spiritually, physically, and socially.

While we were at the Institute we had the special privilege of hearing lectures from various faculty members of ACI informing us about issues of gospel and culture, language challenges with gospel and culture, encountering primal religions and finally, world Christianity. It was fascinating to hear from scholars in Theology who have been steeped in African culture for most of their lives.

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Plant and Water… Grow

Spring is coming. Today was warm, sunny, and even smalled like spring. I find it amazing that I have come across the words and thought during this emerging spring season of rebirth and growth. I am currently reading the book “Blue Like Jazz” by Donald Miller (honestly the main reason I started reading it was because the movie is coming out soon, but turns out the book is quite good.)

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The Spiritual Celebration of Brokenness

For some reason God is having me reflect on the spirituality of brokenness as of late. It is an interesting concept and I have been learning a lot about celebrating the spirituality of brokenness. Brokenness is something as humans we are all to familiar with. But because of God’s grace we are able to celebrate brokenness. Brokenness is a voluntary surrender to God’s will over our own will. Being broken can be something that happens to us, but it can also be something we allow to happen in us. For in the broken areas of our lives Jesus can fill us with himself.

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