Category Archives: Development

One Courageous Response to Gendercide – The War Against Females, Part 2 of 2

In the previous post we introduced you to Ana Santos, a dear friend. Here is more of her story in her own words. The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim … Continue reading

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EFFECTIVE COMPASSION: Seven Proven Principles

Marvin Olasky is Editor-in-Chief of World Magazine and author of multiple books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion which has been especially influential in DNA circles. Marvin was the keynote speaker at the March 3 DNA benefit dinner in Phoenix. He has graciously … Continue reading

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A Response to a Reader … Why So Much Heat?

My recent post Why So Much Heat About Social Justice? Part 2 generated such a thoughtful comment from a reader that I want to use a new post to respond. Thanks, Steve, for taking the time to write. Your remarks suggest that we have a … Continue reading

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What Exactly Do You Mean By “Social Justice?”

The phrase “social justice” has made a surprising comeback within Evangelical circles in the past few years. But what exactly do people mean when they use this phrase? For some, it  simply means helping the poor in general, but I’ve found that … Continue reading

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The Villars Statement: Looking at Relief and Development from a Biblical Worldview

Almost a quarter century ago a group of scholars, relief and development practitioners, and missionaries gathered near L’Abri Fellowship in Villars, Switzerland, to discuss, debate, and reflect on the state of global hunger and poverty and the Christian response to … Continue reading

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Restoring the Breach: A Conversation Between Practitioners in Africa

Too often, a truncated gospel message has accompanied our outreach efforts. As Scott Allen has written elsewhere, an artificial division between personal faith and daily life leaves a fragmented Christianity, full of gaps. The effects are perhaps nowhere more obvious than … Continue reading

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What is Christian Development?

People are always asking me: “Where did you get these ideas that you write and talk about?” “What books or articles have you found to be helpful in your understanding of worldview as it relates to poverty and development?” To … Continue reading

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No Hope for Today?

Darrow Miller, in an article entitled Agriculture and the Kingdom of God, includes this compelling example of what can happen when missionaries lose sight of the extent of God’s Big Agenda: About twenty years ago, evangelical missionaries moved into the … Continue reading

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What Good is a Business?

A friend recently sent me the book, Thou Shalt Prosper, by Rabbi Daniel Lapin. The author builds a case for business owners (as well as the public) to recognize how much common good is contributed to society by a well-run business. … Continue reading

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The Decay of False Ideas

The Bible begins in a garden and ends in a city. That’s a positive progression from God’s perspective. He intends human beings to develop the natural resources He put in the creation. When we do, hungry people are fed, the … Continue reading

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