I Hope I Die Before I Get Old
America's Long-Term Budget Crisis and "A Call for Intergenerational Justice"
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Here is an idea that probably is not discussed too much on Capitol Hill: evaluate fiscal reform in terms of biblical principles, specifically stewardship, prudence, and concern for the poor. That is what the leadership of Evangelicals for Social Action and the Center for Public Justice recently encouraged in an open letter to the Christian community. At this event, an "intergenerational" panel of prominent signatories will join with leaders who have criticized the letter to discuss and debate how Christians should think about government spending priorities.
5:45 p.m.

JORDAN BALLOR, Acton Institute
JENNIFER MARSHALL, Heritage Foundation
JONATHAN MERRITT, Cross Pointe Church
RON SIDER, Evangelicals for Social Action
GIDEON STRAUSS, Center for Public Justice
RYAN STREETER, Conservativehome.com


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Speaker Biographies

Jordan J. Ballor is a research fellow at the Acton Institute and executive editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality. He is also author of Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church’s Social Witness (Christian’s Library Press, 2010) and a founding contributor to the Acton Institute’s PowerBlog.

Jennifer Marshall is the director of domestic policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, where she works with other analysts to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues like limited government, consumer-driven health care, and foreign policy. She also directs Heritage’s Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society and manages familyfacts.org.

Jonathan Merritt is a faith and culture writer who also serves as teaching pastor at Cross Pointe Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet (FaithWords, 2010).

Ron Sider is president of Evangelicals for Social Action. He is the author of many books, including most famously Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity (Word Publishing, 1977). He is also a professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Seminary at Eastern University, and director of the seminary’s Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy.

Gideon Strauss is the president of the Center for Public Justice. He has also served as a senior researcher in public policy at the University of the Orange Free State, an interpreter for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission under Desmond Tutu, an adviser to the South African constitutional assembly, a senior fellow at the think tank Cardus, editor of the journal Comment, and the research and education director of the Christian Labour Association of Canada.

Ryan Streeter is the editor of ConservativeHome USA. He previously served as a special assistant for domestic policy to George W. Bush. He is also a nonresident transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, distinguished visiting fellow at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis, and nonresident scholar at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.

Eric Teetsel is program manager of Common Sense Concept, an AEI initiative to engage college students in a conversation about the coherence of free enterprise and Christian faith. Before coming to AEI, he served in the student life departments at Azusa Pacific University and Colorado Christian University.

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