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Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry
Bible Rebukes the Powerful Who Dismiss, Ignore the Hungry

By: James Gordon
The Bible has a lot to say about food, especially when the powerful, who are well fed, control food distribution and increase the number of poor who go hungry. We have a responsibility to each other.

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Should Churches Speak Up About Unhealthy Food Choices?
Should Churches Speak Up About Unhealthy Food Choices?

By: Zach Dawes
Food companies and restaurants spend millions each year on advertising their products to millions of viewers. Should churches place a greater emphasis on human health and the food we eat?

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Should You Chow Down on In-Vitro Meat?
Should You Chow Down on In-Vitro Meat?
By: David Brattston
Early Christianity recognized that any food that God declared clean – even if previously forbidden – was clean. Today, science is producing meat by in-vitro cell growth. How do we respond?
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Playing Fair: Christians and the Fair Trade Movement
Playing Fair: Christians and the Fair Trade Movement
By: Joe LaGuardia
The fair trade movement, focused on obtaining needed food while sufficiently and fairly supporting the farmers and manufacturers who make it, is breaking through in the Christian world.
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Practice Lent Year-Round to Reduce Your Water Footprint
Practice Lent Year-Round to Reduce Your Water Footprint
By: Larry Greenfield
The Lenten practice of not eating meat has year-round benefits for the common good. That’s because the amount of water needed to feed the animals we consume far exceeds what's needed to grow veggies.
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5 Moral Challenges Caused by Food Injustice
5 Moral Challenges Caused by Food Injustice
Pope Benedict XVI has decried the abuse of animals in our food production. Consider these five moral challenges about how the food on our table gets there.
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Encountering God in the Placidity of a Garden
Encountering God in the Placidity of a Garden
Where do you encounter God? Perhaps the time one spends quietly turning shovels of earth in a backyard garden can reveal the significant mysteries of God's creation.
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More Carnivorous Diets Will Create Global Woes
More Carnivorous Diets Will Create Global Woes
As more people in the world crave a meat-based diet like the United States, some experts envision meat production doubling by mid-century. Can we sustain it?
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Will You Eat Less to Reduce Global Hunger?
Will You Eat Less to Reduce Global Hunger?
Eating less can substantially reduce global hunger, not to mention improve the health of those of us in the U.S., where obesity has become a national epidemic.
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Global Campaign to Highlight Poverty, Corruption
Global Campaign to Highlight Poverty, Corruption
A coalition of Christian groups is launching a campaign to highlight global poverty and corruption, which keeps more than 850 million of the poorest of the poor undernourished.
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Soda Summit Connects Obesity and Sugary Drinks
Soda Summit Connects Obesity and Sugary Drinks
Sugar-sweetened beverages –soda, sports drinks and fruit juices – make up the largest source of calories in the American diet. And our waistlines are growing as proof.
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Feed Our Neighbors As We Feed Ourselves
Feed Our Neighbors As We Feed Ourselves
Many U.S. families experience hunger outright or alter their consumption patterns, such as buying less healthy but more filling food, to avoid hunger. Is your church part of the solution?
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New York Mayor Connects Obesity and Smoking
New York Mayor Connects Obesity and Smoking
The mayor of the Big Apple proposed a ban on sugar-laden soft drinks larger than 16 ounces, pointing out that obesity will kill more people than smoking in a few years.
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Best-Barbecue Debates Have Familiar Ring
Best-Barbecue Debates Have Familiar Ring
What's the secret to great barbecue? Is it the meat, the sauce, the type of grill? Aficionados will fight long and hard as they defend their favorite barbecue as the superior one. Sound familiar?
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If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
If America Has an Obesity Campaign Akin to Smoking Campaign, Will Churches Join It?
Obesity health problems cost up to $190 billion annually. Will a campaign similar to the anti-smoking effort help reduce obesity rates? And will churches be involved?
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British Church Pilots Community Food Project
British Church Pilots Community Food Project
A British church is piloting a community cafe, where people learn how to grow and prepare healthy and inexpensive food. Volunteers in the cafe or the community garden eat for free.
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Should Christians Talk About Animal Rights?
Should Christians Talk About Animal Rights?
Up to 10 billion chickens are killed in the U.S. each year, and we use deplorable methods to raise them. Is it time for Christians to engage in honest dialogue about animal rights?
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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?
With so many places to eat, it's easy to forget that food doesn't come on a plate, in a wrapper or bundled with a toy. It comes from God's soil. Let's be thankful to God and for those who toil to prepare it.
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Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
Eating Is Moral Act in World Where Obese Outnumber Hungry
The global community's diet is unbalanced. Millions face daily hunger; millions of others who struggle with obesity are eating themselves to death. How will we respond to this imbalance?
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Discovering God's Love As We Minister to Others
Discovering God's Love As We Minister to Others
Eager to bring God to the people of Africa, a young teacher instead found that God often comes to us through the love of the very people to whom we minister.
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British Food Banks on Rise as Cuts Hit Poorest
British Food Banks on Rise as Cuts Hit Poorest
As the British government's cutbacks take effect, one charity estimates that the number of people seeking assistance from food banks could swell to a half-million by 2015.
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New Orleans Pastor on Restaurant Quest Can’t Live by Bread Alone
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Minister Ray Cannata’s mission is almost complete.
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Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
Africa's Hunger Crisis Reveals U.S. Leadership Crisis
More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are expected to need food assistance until August 2012. And the lack of a U.S. response to this hunger crisis points to a failure in leadership.
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How Will We Respond to Africa's Starving Families?
How Will We Respond to Africa's Starving Families?
As parents and children starve in a drought-ravaged region of Africa, what will it take for those of us blessed with plenty to abandon our complacency and respond with compassion and sacrifice?
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UN Goals to Halve Poverty Remain on Target
UN Goals to Halve Poverty Remain on Target
Amid calls to reduce the United Kingdom's foreign aid and charges of crying wolf over a drought-stricken region in Africa, the U.N.'s goal to cut the number of the world's poor in half by 2015 is on track.
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Isn't It Time Churches Cared About Physical Health?
Isn't It Time Churches Cared About Physical Health?
If Christians really believe we are created in the image of God, then we need to address people's health – not just their souls. Maybe retiring sugar-laden donuts before our services is a good place to start.
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Food Crisis Worsens in Horn of Africa
Food Crisis Worsens in Horn of Africa
A worsening food crisis is affecting millions of people in the Horn of Africa. Humanitarian groups have been increasingly sounding the alarm, with one leader calling it the century's "worst food crisis."
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Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Bible Belt Needs a Bigger Belt: 9 of 10 Obese States in South
Obesity isn't a laughing matter, an issue to be set aside with dismissive excuses that some folk like to eat fried food. And it's most dramatic in the South – home to nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of adult obesity.
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Cookbook Preserves Family Recipes Lost in Holocaust
(RNS) The last time Regina Finer’s mother cooked the soft, dense potato dumplings called kluskies, Regina couldn’t have been more than 12.
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Rubashkin Appeals Conviction, Sentence
(RNS) Convicted businessman Sholom Rubashkin has filed an appeal in hopes of a new trial, or at least a reduced sentence.
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Jews Ready to Roll out New Ethical Kosher Seals
NEW YORK (RNS) What does it really mean for your Hebrew National hot dog to “answer to a higher authority?”
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Gulf Coast Food Banks Still in High Demand
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Major charity groups say the needs of impacted families remain dire.
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What Does Meat-Eating and Global Warming Have to Do with Spiritual Poverty?
What Does Meat-Eating and Global Warming Have to Do with Spiritual Poverty?
Dostoyevsky had it right. Food is a spiritual issue – in terms of our unhealthy consumption habits, our harmful industrialized supply system and our seeming indifference to those without food.
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She Had a Sister Named Mary
My friend George Mason says the real issue is “that Martha is cookin’ it up for Jesus and Mary is cookin’ it up with Jesus... Mary teaches us,” he says, “that we do not host Jesus; we guest him as he hosts us.”
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Let's Eat
It is in the frequent and familiar events of life that we discover who we really are. More than just eating etiquette is involved in this story. The lesson is about the human ego. In fact, in life I have learned that the most fun is had not at the head table but at the children’s table.  Not in the dining room where the good china is used and you have to mind your manners. Rather, the most fun is had sitting at the card table in the sun room or den, sitting in the folding chairs, not the ones with Queen Anne legs. That’s where people really relax and have fun. That’s where – around the children – one doesn’t have to be pretentious or force conversation, but, rather, you can giggle about green peas, put your elbows on the table, and actually use the wrong fork and get away with it.
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I Myself
But when the pains of contractions begin there is a complete and utter disruption of life-as-usual. Chaos prevails, not order. Panic, not reason. Other plans have been made; they’ll have to be pushed aside. Something larger and stronger – something inevitable and unchangeable – is now in charge. The birth will occur – not neatly, not logically or in straightforward fashion – but in “messy waves of fear and pain, plateaus of waiting and spikes of recognition and joy that culminate in new life.”
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