What is the Cause of Poverty?

Ok.  Here we go.  It’s time to dive into the always sensitive topic of poverty. If you think the question I asked in the post title – what is the cause of poverty - can be answered in one concise sentence, then I’m going to guess you’ve never seriously thought about the question.  Everyone I know who has spent any time in the presence of the poor acknowledges the complexity of the … [Read more...]

Is the Church Immune to Wealth, Power, and Abundance?

I discovered a jewel of wisdom while going through some old graduate school papers for another project.  The article “When Was the Last Time?” by Mike Cope (I was unable to find any source attribution on my photocopy, though it was obviously published in a Christian magazine). The article is simply a collection of thirteen questions each with the intention of provoking our thought in relationship … [Read more...]

What are the characteristics of the poor, middle class, and wealthy?

There are a whole slew of ways to define if someone is poor, middle class, or wealthy.  The following chart is one of the most helpful resources I have encountered because it holistically deals with many different characteristics between the poor, middle class, and wealthy.  How do the middle class characteristics compare with your own?  Do you related to the characteristics of the poor? The … [Read more...]

Poor Man Wins Lottery – Will it Help or Hurt Him?

The following is a short article from The Hamilton Spectator on Saturday, June 6, 2009. A 23-year-old rancher whose family has fallen behind in its taxes and recently had a mobile home repossessed, claimed a $232.1 million Powerball jackpot yesterday, one of the largest single jackpot in the U.S. lottery history … He will take home $88.5 in a lump sum payment after taxes are deducted.  … “I want … [Read more...]

Solution to Poverty? Is it Money?

For the last three years I have been living in Papua New Guinea (PNG).  Here are some quick facts to familiarize you with the economic condition there.  The remainder of this post focuses specifically on issues of the poor related to third world countries like PNG. 85% of PNG citizens are sustenance farmers.  This means they live off of what they grow in their gardens. The majority of homes … [Read more...]