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God’s Battle for Your Bank Account

By Michael Rhodes | May 31, 2019

The tomatoes caught me off guard. Sitting in a small Anglican church in Kenya, I was prepared for the invitation to put some money in the offering plate. I was not prepared for tomatoes. But that’s what the members of that farming village brought. Tomatoes, avocadoes, maybe even a chicken or two, all brought up…

Why Bother with the Local Church?

By Brian Fikkert | May 31, 2019

Your local church is a place where God dwells with His people in a special way. Is your church welcoming people who are poor back into the dwelling place of God?

A Mother’s Journey Out of Extreme Poverty

By Austin Humbles | May 31, 2019
Djaka Djigbodji and her family

Djaka Djigbodji is one of the millions of mothers who are raising families in extreme poverty. But through the local church, people like her are finding hope.

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

When we try to help people in poverty, we incorporate faulty ideas into our efforts without even realizing it. What are these false stories—and why do they matter?

From Fear to Flourishing: Pam’s Story

By Austin Humbles | May 7, 2019

When Pam approached First Presbyterian Church, she needed help with her rent. But what she found was a supportive family willing to walk with her during a difficult time.

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

By Brian Fikkert | April 2, 2019

Every human is worshiping something—and what we worship shapes our entire lives, including our work with people in poverty. When people encounter our poverty alleviation efforts, what will they find us worshiping?

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

By Justin Lonas | April 2, 2019
Wendell Kimbrough

The gathered worship and liturgy of the church is key to our formation as the people of God, but too often, an element is missing. Musician Wendell Kimbrough shares how our worship services can reinforce our understanding of God’s heart for people suffering poverty and injustice.

Interview: Vicki Conn of Love INC

By Laura Haley | April 2, 2019

Chalmers staff member Laura Haley sat down with Vicki Conn, Director of Love INC of Greater Holmes County, to discuss how local churches are transforming lives and communities in the name of Christ.

We Need a Better Story

By Brian Fikkert | March 5, 2019

We often build poverty alleviation initiatives that are designed to help poor people pursue the American Dream. But what if all of us—poor and non-poor alike—need a different story?