Be Informed: Refugee Resources

The magnitude of the refugee crisis can seem daunting and it’s easy to feel powerless against such a colossal situation. However, I’ve always believed that power emanates from knowledge, which is why I’m sharing with you some of my favorite resources for understanding refugees and refugee work around the world. The more I learn, the […]

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The New Testament View of Poverty

Definitions There are basically two words in the New Testament that refer to poverty. There are derivations and different applications, but these two words in the noun form summarize what poverty is in terms of the Greek definition. Penes refers to the poverty of a daily laborer or one who has to work for their […]

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Poverty in the Old Testament: Grace Abounds

The Old Testament, as discussed before, is teeming with examples of God’s bounty emerging in times of despair and poverty. When meditating on the exodus of Israel from Egypt, it’s not uncommon to assume that that’s the end of the story. But no! God is a thorough God. He delivered the Israelites from Pharaoh. He […]

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Poverty in the Old Testament: Complete Dependency on God

“I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians.” (Exodus 3:7) A Beautiful Contradiction Christianity is rife with apparent contradictions. The […]

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Poverty in the Old Testament: Loss of Identity and Hope

A Loss of Identity In previous blogs, we saw Old Testament figures from the Israeli nation, David and Job, lose possessions and their influence. These losses bring us to the third level of poverty–the loss of identity. As material and relational aspects of their lives dwindled, their self-worth plummeted. They become like 10 of the […]

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Poverty in the Old Testament: Loss of Influence

A Loss of Influence When a person became poor in the Old Testament, a loss of possessions, if not quickly rectified,quickly snowballed into a loss of influence. Much like today, the rich were the power-brokers. They are the ones who had the influence to change things. Who would listen to the poor man? Who was […]

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Poverty in the Old Testament: Loss of Things

The Old Testament has a rich overview and insight to the poor in Israel at that time. As discussed in the previous post, I’ve observed five discernable types and/or levels of poverty: A loss of things A loss of influence A loss of identity A loss of hope A complete and total dependency on God […]

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Poverty in the Old Testament

If you read through the Old Testament with a conscious eye and intention to understand God’s concern for the poor, you can’t help but see the special place that God holds for the oppressed and afflicted of the world. Not many pages will go by before you deal with some story, some Law or some […]

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Poverty 360

By most standards, my friend Carlos and his wife Carlita are “poor.” But perhaps most standards are based on the wrong criteria. Instead of wealth or lack thereof being determined by possessions, we might consider defining it in terms of relationships—familial and community. Bryant Myers concludes in his book, Walking with the Poor that the […]

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We said, He said

Is Carlos really poor? If we were to ask my friend, Carlos (described in a previous blog) his thoughts on poverty or asked him to identify the poor people in his community, chances are his answer would be quite different from our own. Whereas we might conclude that Carlos and his family are “poor,” he […]

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