Make Poverty Personal (ēmersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith): Taking the Poor as Seriously as the Bible Does

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Baker Books, Feb 1, 2009 - Religion - 206 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Moses the Exodus and Courage to Face
28
Hebrew Laws and Always Having Poverty
50
Hebrew Poetry and the Awesome Truth
64
Prophetic MinistryRadical Hope from the Margins
83
The Gospels and Messianic Transformations
112
Standing Against Poverty
136
Letters from Jail and Other Tough Places
158
Last Things and the Things That
179
Will We Make Poverty Personal?
194
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Ash Barker is the founding director of Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH), a missionary order working among the poor begun in Melbourne, Australia, in 1993. Since 2002, Ash and his family have been serving in Klong Toey, the largest slum in Bangkok, Thailand, planting UNOH's first overseas community. He is the author of Surrender All and Finding Life.

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