Poverty

To whom much is given

Poverty
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 2/06/12, 03:09 pm

There used to be a phrase: "the worthy poor." It dates back to Victorian times, if not before-the idea that some were poor through unfortunate circumstances, while others had only themselves to blame. That distinction is gone, of course. To suggest that some poverty might be due to poor lifestyle choices is mean-spirited, heartless, or racist. As far as national discourse is concerned, there's no such thing as unworthy poor.

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An artful solution to hunger

Poverty
by Sarah Padbury
Posted 12/06/11, 04:14 pm

Many churches stock food pantries with donated goods from parishioners to help meet community needs, especially during the holidays. Sustaining a food bank long-term can be a challenge, but First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City has found an inventive and amusing way to motivate its congregation to keep its shelves full: a canned food sculpture contest.

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Teaching long-term kingdom thinking

Poverty
by Anthony Bradley
Posted 11/02/11, 04:11 pm

If you want to radically change the lives of men and women in low-income neighborhoods, then emphasize the kingdom in your teaching. Over the past few years I've had the opportunity to mentor young people from low-income neighborhoods and broken families. In that work I've found that the biggest conceptual hurdle was not the gospel but helping young people graduate from short-term thinking to long-term thinking. When you have no money and no hope for the future you are likely to spend all of your energy thinking about gratifying desires today.

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