Posts by Brian Fikkert

Why Bother with the Local Church?

Adapted from Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream. If you’ve read or heard much from the Chalmers Center over the years, you know that we are deeply committed to helping the local church to minister to people who are poor. In an era in which many have lost faith in…

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Getting Our Story Straight

Adapted from Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream, pp. 92-96, 98-99, 120. I had a wonderful upbringing in a godly, Christian family, and I attended Christian schools from first grade through my senior year of college. But despite my parents’ best efforts, like many Western Christians, I somehow absorbed highly…

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We Need a Better Story

Excerpted from Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic, Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2019)., 32, 34-35, 39. Stories are powerful. The stories we believe—whether true or false—shape our entire lives, telling us who we are, who we were, and who we are becoming. But what are…

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Why the Kingdom of God Matters if We Want to Help the Poor

When I start talking about helping people who are poor, I usually wind up talking about the Kingdom of God. If you’ve read When Helping Hurts or heard me speak, you probably already know that. I can’t help it! It might seem weird for me to talk so much about God’s Kingdom. After all, I’m…

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