Here are some links worth reading.
Here is a brief exhortation from Kevin DeYoung on the theological foundations for mercy ministries, as well as some mistakes people make when trying to do mercy ministries. The mistakes are worth reading carefully. I especially appreciate numbers 3, 4 and 13. More could be said, but this is good food for thought.
Dr. Leithart has some blog posts on how the U.S.’s involvement in the Middle East has led to less Christians in the area not more. It is noted that neither George W. Bush, nor President Obama seem to care. Here is post 1 and post 2.
Finally, Pastor Doug Wilson has done an excellent series of short videos on work. With all the protests on Wall Street these are worth watching to get a biblical perspective on work.