God’s Kingdom Has a Startling Economic System

By Michael Rhodes | May 30, 2019

Every earthly kingdom has its own way of doing things, its own customs and policies regarding food, sex, family, and religion. And every kingdom has an economic policy. But when Jesus welcomes us into his alternate kingdom, something strange happens. We discover a whole new world. And we soon discover that Jesus’s kingdom looks different…

Getting Our Story Straight

By Brian Fikkert | May 7, 2019

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…

From Fear to Flourishing: Pam’s Story

By Austin Humbles | May 7, 2019

When Pam’s marriage fell apart in 2015, she was left alone with bills to pay and a grandson depending on her. She paid for what she could, but sometimes it was a struggle. “I was scared,” she says. “I wasn’t making a lot of money at the time, and I didn’t know how to budget…

We Become What We Worship: Why False Stories Hurt Us—And the Poor

By Brian Fikkert | April 2, 2019

Excerpted from Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic, Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2019), 52-55. Humans beings are created to be image bearers. To be an image bearer is to act as a mirror, reflecting the image of whatever god we are worshiping onto the rest…

A Gymnasium for Our Hearts: Singing to Shape Our Love for the Poor

By Justin Lonas | April 2, 2019
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Across the world on the first day of each week, Christians gather to pray, partake of the Lord’s Supper, perhaps baptize new members into God’s family, read the Scriptures, hear a sermon, and sing. The style of each of these parts of a worship service vary from place to place and tradition to tradition, but…

Interview: Vicki Conn of Love INC

By Laura Haley | April 2, 2019

Chalmers staff member Laura Haley recently sat down with Vicki Conn, Director of Love INC of Greater Holmes County, to discuss her experiences walking with people who are poor. Listen to the interview or read the transcript below! Laura: Today’s audio interview is brought to you by the Chalmers Center. I’m your host, Laura Haley.…

We Need a Better Story

By Brian Fikkert | March 5, 2019

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…

Interview: Brian Fikkert on Becoming Whole

By Laura Haley | March 5, 2019

Brian Fikkert recently sat down with our very own Laura Haley to discuss his latest book, Becoming Whole—and how the stories we tell ourselves shape our work with the poor. Listen to the interview or read the transcript below! Laura: When Helping Hurts was released 10 years ago this year. What are some things you’ve…

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

By Brian Fikkert | February 6, 2019

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…

Finding Hope After the Hurricane

By Austin Humbles | February 6, 2019

Ronnie Garcia is the senior pastor at Iglesia La Travesía, a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) church plant in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During his first seven years of ministry there, he focused on establishing an “anchor church” in the city, discipling members of the congregation and developing leaders to plant other churches in Puerto…