How can we tell right from wrong?


In this Sunday’s message (Nov. 12, 2023), Brother Dave addresses this congregant question: “Evangelicalism makes it easy to know if you are ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ If you are at church when the doors are open, attend Bible studies, and serve at the food pantry, you must be a good, faithful person who is going to heaven. When we strip away some of those ideas, how do we determine how we are doing in life? What metrics can we use to check ourselves? How do we create new habits or actions that are meaningful and valuable?” Drawing from Galatians 5, Luke 10, 1 John 3, and elsewhere, Brother Dave presents an ethic of care in which Christians exercise care (nuanced, serious attention to the particulars of the situation) when providing care for others.


Inge van Nistelrooij, Maureen Sander-Staudt, and Maurice Hamington, eds., Care Ethics, Religion, and Spiritual Traditions (open-access online book); see especially Jamie Pitts, “Mother Eberly’s Coin: Care Ethics, Democratic Politics, and North American Mennonite Women’s Movements,” 325–46

Stephanie Collins, “Why we should care about ‘care ethics,’ABC Religion and Ethics (online article)

Jonathan Kwan, “Care Ethics,” Markkula Center for Applied Ethics (online article)

Laura D’Olimpio, “Ethics Explainer: Ethics of Care,” The Ethics Centre (online article)

Maureen Sander-Staudt, “Care Ethics,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (online article)