Jason Conrad, co-founder of Wagener's Christ Central Institute, has launched a book series to share his vision of Christian charity with the reading public.
"The Call to Care: Charity in Ancient Christianity" was released in March, the first book in a projected series to be called "The Call to Unity."Conrad
uses the work to examine four central questions about charity: Why should Christians care about and practice charity?Are there limits to how much charity groups or individuals should receive from Christians?Should Christians draw a distinction between the Christians and non-Christian poor in issuing charity?How should wealthy Christians perceive themselves and be perceived by other Christians?The book examines the origins of charity in the church of the early New Testament and its evolution as the church grew.It also traces the idea of charity throughout both the Old and New Testament Bibles and explores the role of stewardship and responsibilities of privilege in both the church and in wealthy societies. "God has given so much to select wealthy Christians, that their giving, coupled with practical charity from others, is more than enough for the woes that come upon nonbelievers in the world," Conrad
writes, observing elsewhere that "charity becomes evangelism that quickly.""The Call To Care" is in use in the curriculum at Christ Central Institute
, where Conrad
is a professor.