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Do You Have a Kingdom Vision for Your Community?

A friend lived in a remote village in northern Thailand where the people did not know what it was to dream of a better future. In response, he began to “dream out loud” sitting around the communal fire in the evening. Over time, as people began to hear his vision

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African Pentecostalism, Poverty and Worldview

Dr. Bryant L. Myers, for years a leader in the development arm of World Vision and now a professor of international development at Fuller Seminary, has written a thoughtful piece on development titled: Progressive Pentecostalism, Development, and Christian Development NGOs: A Challenge and an Opportunity. In the executive summary of

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Work and Poverty: Lessons from Ruth, part 3

The book of Ruth contains wonderful lessons about work, personal responsibility and poverty. In parts 1 and 2 we started examining the relative responses of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz to economic realities which are very relevant today. This final post picks up where we left off. ~ What did Ruth

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Work and Poverty: Lessons from Ruth, part 2

Our first installment ended by noting Naomi’s bitterness of soul upon returning to Israel, a widow bereft of her children. But what did Ruth do? And what about Boaz? Naomi heard that the famine had lifted in Israel, so she and Ruth returned to her village. Hebrew law required the

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Work and Poverty: Labor Day Lessons from Ruth

Poverty is rooted in lies at the level of culture. One of the greatest causes of poverty in the world is the lie that “Work is a curse!” This lie is manifest globally in the lives of individuals, communities and nations. Yes, you read that correctly. The economic poverty of

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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 communities and ask, “What do you need?” Then they provide

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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 with government anti-poverty programs. Governments have access to lots of

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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 20 people, most of whom lived on less than $2

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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 Role of the Local Church in Developing a Flourishing Community

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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 Role of the Local Church in Developing a Flourishing Community

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