Category Archives: Poverty

What is Poverty?

I was stunned, but not surprised, by an article in VOX from Dylan Matthews titled, “Paul Ryan Loves Talking About Poverty, But He Keeps Getting the Basic Facts Wrong.” Paul Ryan has been speaking out recently on the topic of … Continue reading

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Want to Help the Poor? Ask the Right Question

For several generations the “social service” model defined the nature of helping the poor in the Global South and elsewhere. In this model the development industry provides relief and development “services” to aid the poor. Development workers go into poor … Continue reading

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COMPASSION: The Noun That Used to Be a Verb

Three years ago we started a series of blog posts on the subject of social justice. The term was (and still is) popular among many younger Christ followers, but not everyone has a good grasp on its biblical roots. Our posts … Continue reading

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Vision and Technology Turned Desolation Into Abundance

Abundance can come from the most unlikely places. In the 27 years I worked for a relief and development organization, I heard two clear messages too often: From impoverished indigenous peoples the message was, “We have no resources, we are … Continue reading

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Haiti’s Poverty: Not Enough Money?

Is Haiti’s poverty about insufficient funds? When it comes to fighting poverty, we tend to rely too much on money. We equate poverty with the lack of money, so naturally we want to give money. This is especially the case … Continue reading

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What is Poverty, Really?

“A lack of money.” That’s probably how most people would define poverty. But those who actually live in poverty may be more qualified to answer. If so, what might they say? A few years ago, someone from HOPE International interviewed … Continue reading

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The Unique Role of the Local Church in Developing a Flourishing Community, 4 of 4

We are happy to post, in four installments, a paper by our Disciple Nations Alliance colleague, Dwight Vogt, on a subject of vital concern to our readers. Go here to read Dwight’s excellent paper in its entirety.   The Unique … Continue reading

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The Unique Role of the Local Church in Developing a Flourishing Community, 2 of 4

We are happy to post, in four installments, a paper by our Disciple Nations Alliance colleague, Dwight Vogt, on a subject of vital concern to our readers. Go here to read Dwight’s excellent paper in its entirety.   The Unique … Continue reading

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The Unique Role of the Local Church in Developing a Flourishing Community, 1 of 4

We are happy to post, in four installments, a paper by our Disciple Nations Alliance colleague, Dwight Vogt, on a subject of vital concern to our readers. Go here to read Dwight’s excellent paper in its entirety.   The Unique … Continue reading

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Poverty: It’s Not Too Late to Win the War

Poverty often results from the natural human tendency to respond to incentives. That’s true, by the way, not only for those who receive money from government programs but also for those whose livelihood depends on managing government programs. One example is the … Continue reading

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