Acton Institute Powerblog The Beginning and End of Christian Giving by Jordan J. Ballor • December 20, 2010 Share this article: Join the Discussion: 2 Comments Over at Mere Comments, and following up on this week’s Acton Commentary, “Christian Giving Begins with the Local Church,” I discuss some reasons why Christian giving doesn’t end there. It’s vitally important, I think, to distinguish between the church as institution and the church as organism. Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary. Related posts Christian Giving Begins with the Local Church Survey: Nominal Giving Rises but Actual Giving Stagnates Empowerment through Giving within the Local Church Economic Recession and Charitable Giving Comments Pingback: Tweets that mention The Beginning and End of Christian Giving | Acton Institute PowerBlog -- Topsy.com() Steve Jesus teaches that giving begins with your family “if you do not provide for your own relatives you are worse than a heathen and a tax collector” Arguably that can extend to the church invisible as well, and replaces the tax/tribute of the tithe as Jesus taught Peter with the catch of the fish with the tithe money it its mouth.