Caring for the Poor

Islamic and Christian Benevolence in a Liberal World

Author: Cihan Tugal

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351700995


Page: N.A

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Based on several years of fieldwork in Egypt and Turkey, Caring for the Poor tells the stories of charity providers and volunteers. The book also places their stories within the overall development of Islamic ethics. Muslim charity, Tu?al argues, has interacted with Christian and secular Western ethics over the centuries, which themselves have a conflict-ridden and still evolving history. The overall arch that connects all of these distinct elements is (a combined and uneven) liberalization. Liberalization tends to transform care into a cold, calculating, and individualizing set of practices. Caring for the Poor meticulously documents this insidious process in Egypt and Turkey, while also drawing attention to its limits and contradictions (by using the American case to highlight the contested nature of liberalization even in its world leader). However, as historians have shown, charitable actors have intervened in decisive ways in the rise and demise of social formations. Tu?al raises the possibility, especially through his study of two controversial Turkish organizations, that Islamic charity might appropriate elements of liberalism to shift the world in a post-liberal direction.

When Helping Hurts

How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

Author: Steve Corbett,Brian Fikkert

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 0802487629

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 8103

With more than 300,000 copies in print, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation. Poverty is much more than simply a lack of material resources, and it takes much more than donations and handouts to solve it. When Helping Hurts shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.

Caring for the Poor of Buffalo

Attacking the Causes of Poverty in Buffalo, Being a Portion of the Thirtieth Annual Report of the Buffalo Charity Organization Society Without the Special Reports, Supscriptions, Etc

Author: Charity Organization Society of Buffalo

Publisher: N.A



Page: 36

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Awaiting a Savior: The Gospel, the New Creation and the End of Poverty

Author: Aaron Armstrong

Publisher: Cruciform Press

ISBN: 1936760347

Category: Religion

Page: 108

View: 2891

What causes poverty, and what am I supposed to do about it? This book reminds readers that even as we are responsible for pursuing biblical solutions to poverty, our hope for truly resolving it comes not from the good we do, but from the return of Christ, who will put an end to all sin, suffering, and death as he brings about the new creation.


The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition

Author: Gary A. Anderson

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300181337

Category: Religion

Page: 222

View: 377

In this reappraisal of charity in the biblical tradition, Anderson argues that the poor constituted the privileged place where Jews and Christians met God. He shows how charity affirms the goodness of the created order; the world was created through charity and therefore rewards it.

For the Least of These

A Biblical Answer to Poverty

Author: Anne R. Bradley,Arthur W. Lindsley

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310523001

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 9629

Today, many thoughtful and compassionate Christians are addressing the challenge of alleviating poverty. But while much progress has been made, many well-intentioned efforts have led Christians to actions that are not only ineffective, but leave the most vulnerable in a worse situation than before. Is there a better answer? Combining biblical exegesis with proven economic principles, For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty equips Christians with both a solid biblical and economic understanding of how best to care for the poor and foster sustainable economic development. With contributions from fifteen leading Christian economists, theologians, historians, and practitioners, it presents the case for why a multi-faceted approach is needed, and why a renewed focus on markets and trade are the world’s best hope for alleviating poverty and serving those in financial need.

How Medicaid Fails the Poor

Author: Avik Roy

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594037531

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 48

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Medicaid, America’s government-run health insurance program for the poor, should be a lifeline that provides needed health care to Americans with no other options. Surprisingly, however, it doesn’t. The medical literature reveals a $450 billion-a-year scandal: that people on Medicaid have far worse health outcomes than those with private insurance, and no better outcomes than those with no insurance at all. Why is this so? In How Medicaid Fails the Poor, Avik Roy explains how Medicaid’s clumsy design and perverse incentives make it hard for people on Medicaid to get the medical care they need. Medicaid doesn’t reimburse doctors or hospitals for the cost of caring for Medicaid enrollees, forcing many doctors to opt out of the program. The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, doubles down on this broken system. Roy shows us that there are better ways, using private insurance, to provide needed care to our poorest citizens.

Mother Teresa

Her Mission to Serve God by Caring for the Poor

Author: Charlotte Gray

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub

ISBN: 9781555328160

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 68

View: 8632

A biography of the nun who founded the Missionary Sisters and Brothers of Charity, gained wide recognition for her work with the destitute and dying in Calcutta and elsewhere, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Justice for the Poor

Author: Jim Wallis,Sojourners,Rose Marie Berger

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0310327873

Category: Religion

Page: 94

View: 8767

The six-session small group Bible study, Justice for the Poor, from Jim Wallis and Sojourners explains how to connect biblical faith with contemporary responses to poverty, both in your neighborhood and around the world.


Defending the Faith in a Fallen World

Author: Aaron Armstrong

Publisher: Cruciform Press

ISBN: 1936760622

Category: Religion

Page: 90

View: 9871

Christianity stands or falls on the claims of Jesus. So if we live our faith honestly we will sometimes be at odds with others and will be called to contend for the faith. The challenge is to do it as an act of mercy toward those who doubt and those who have been deceived. Every generation must contend for the faith in its own context. Learn how.

The Ministry of Healing—Illustrated

Author: Ellen G. White

Publisher: Digital Inspiration


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 541

View: 5934

Heritage Edition: Over 200 hand drawn illustrations from a century ago. Unabridged, original text. This book helps us to see the natural laws of our bodies as the divine laws of a loving Creator. Practical counsel guides us in our day-to-day care of our physical being in ways that will greatly maintain physical health and in general provide us a longer, more productive, and enjoyable life span. The Ministry of Healing was first published in its present form in 1905. Its roots, however, began as far back as the 1860s with materials Ellen White wrote for publications such as Health Reformer, Good Health, Appeal to Mothers, How to Live, and Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene. This version is a full text rendition. Over 200 hand drawn illustrations from that era have been restored and add much to its attractiveness and study value. Christ spent more time healing and ministering to the physical needs of suffering humanity than he did to preaching. He related to people in the areas of their felt need and after gaining their attention and indebtedness he ministered to their spiritual needs, encouraging them to “go and sin no more.” He was indeed the pattern Medical Missionary. Through His example in ministry He calls not only health professionals but every admirer of His to “come and follow Me.” This book helps us to see the natural laws of our bodies as the divine laws of a loving Creator. Practical counsel guides us in our day-to-day care of our physical being in ways that will greatly maintain physical health and in general provide us a longer, more productive, and enjoyable life span. There is also much information on how to best minister to those who are suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually. There is good, practical advice on how to provide effective home health care which, in many instances, will diminish, the need for professional health care and fewer medications.

Kingdom Calling

Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good

Author: Amy L. Sherman

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830869558

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 3063

A 2013 Christianity Today Book Award winner Imagine the scenarios: a CEO successfully negotiates a corporate merger, avoiding hundreds of layoffs in the process an artist completes a mosaic for public display at a bank, showcasing neighborhood heroes a contractor creates a work-release program in cooperation with a local prison, growing the business and seeing countless former inmates turn their lives around a high-school principal graduates 20 percent more students than the previous year, and the school's average scores go up by a similar percentage Now imagine a parade in the streets for each event. That's the vision of Proverbs 11:10, in which the tsaddiqim--the people who see everything they have as gifts from God to be stewarded for his purposes--pursue their vocation with an eye to the greater good. Amy Sherman, director of the Center on Faith in Communities and scholar of vocational stewardship, uses the tsaddiqim as a springboard to explore how, through our faith-formed calling, we announce the kingdom of God to our everyday world. But cultural trends toward privatism and materialism threaten to dis-integrate our faith and our work. And the church, in ways large and small, has itself capitulated to those trends, while simultaneously elevating the "special calling" of professional ministry and neglecting the vocational formation of laypeople. In the process, we have, in ways large and small, subverted our kingdom mandate. God is on the move, and he calls each of us, from our various halls of power and privilege, to follow him. Here is your chance, keeping this kingdom calling in view, to steward your faith and work toward righteousness. In so doing, you will bless the world, and as you flourish, the world will celebrate.

Remember the Poor

Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World

Author: Bruce Longenecker

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780802863737

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 9287

Combining historical, exegetical, and theological interests, Bruce Longenecker here dispels the widespread notion that Paul had little or no concern for the poor. Longnecker s analysis of Greco-Roman poverty provides the backdrop for a compelling presentation of the importance of care for the poor within Paul s theology and the Jesus-groups he had established. Along the way, Longenecker calls into question a variety of interpretive paradigms such as Steven J. Friesen s 2004 poverty scale and offers a fresh vision in which Paul s theological resources are shown to be both historically significant and theologically challenging.

Good News to the Poor

Social Involvement and the Gospel

Author: Tim Chester

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433537060

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 8009

Help them or tell them? Be like Jesus or talk about Jesus? Social action or gospel proclamation? It seems the two are often pitted against each other, as if they are mutually exclusive. But the New Testament paints a different picture where both aspects are valued. In this plea for a renewed understanding of the Christian calling, Chester argues that faithfulness to the gospel necessitates a commitment to evangelism and social involvement. To that end, he structures the book around three basic theses: 1.) evangelism and social action are distinct activities, 2.) proclamation is central, and 3.) evangelism and social action are inseparable. Responding to Christians in both camps, Chester helps people to talk the talk and walk the walk.

Make Poverty Personal (ēmersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith)

Taking the Poor as Seriously as the Bible Does

Author: Ash Barker

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441203878

Category: Religion

Page: 206

View: 471

Poverty is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. But poverty is not new. And neither is God's deep concern for the poor--it is a theme deeply woven throughout the Bible. Yet sadly, churches and individual Christians have too often been blind to this emphasis, or they have been paralyzed into inaction by feelings of helplessness. In this urgent, provocative book, Ash Barker offers both challenge and hope. Pulling out and reflecting on significant passages from both testaments, he reveals what the Bible says about both the nature of poverty and about how God calls his people to respond. These studies, ideal for either individual or small group use, are interlaced with personal reflections--first-hand accounts from fifteen years of ministry among the poor.

Walking with the Poor

Principles and Practices of Transformational Development

Author: Bryant L. Myers

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608330567

Category: Religion

Page: 386

View: 3760

In this revised and updated edition of a modern classic, Bryant Myers shows how Christian mission can contribute to dismantling poverty and social evil. Myers demonstrates what is possible when we cease to treat the spiritual and physical domains of life as separate and unrelated.

Radical Compassion

Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor

Author: Gary Smith

Publisher: Loyola Press

ISBN: 9780829430592

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 3645