By: David Crocker
For two decades, Operation Inasmuch has mobilized congregations in 22 states to minister to people in need. The ministry now offers a new way that churches can help - packaging nutritious meals for distribution.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Emergency food requests increased in 2016, even as overall homelessness rates continued to decline, a new report said. The leading reasons for the increase? Low wages and high housing costs.
By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Although hunger and poverty are being addressed more effectively than any other time in history, daunting challenges - including global conflict and climate change - pose significant barriers to eradicating them.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
A total of 767 million people worldwide in extreme poverty, defined as a household living on less than $1.90 per day per person. And 385 million of them, half of them, are 17 years old or younger.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
A total of 15.8 million homes, or 12.7 percent of U.S. households, suffered from food insecurity in 2015. That's down from a high point of 14.9 percent in 2011, but still above pre-recession levels.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Circle of Protection seeks a meeting with both presumptive U.S. presidential nominees to discuss their plans to help the poor and hungry.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly half the people of South Sudan (49 percent) are food insecure, meaning they are unsure where their next meals will come from. The record level of food insecurity is an 11 percent increase from 2014.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Christian organization asked the presidential candidates to provide short videos on their approach to end poverty and hunger. Eleven candidates responded; three did not.
By: Jon Kuhrt
As austerity measures kick in, clashes between the British government and churches will increase. Government wants Christians to pull drowning people out of the river. It doesn't want them to ask who's pushing them in.
By: Robert Parham
Baptist missionaries saving Nigerian lives in the '60s. Interfaith leaders support an end to world hunger. The pope visits the U.S. These are some of our better angels that surfaced last week.
By: Chris Hall
The United Nations will vote on its Sustainable Development Goals to tackle poverty, hunger and other issues over the next 15 years. Here's why your church should support these initiatives.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders signed a statement calling for a broad commitment to end hunger by 2030. Bread for the World released the statement signed by 67 leaders.
By: Gershon Nimbalker
The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals have been an ambitious undertaking to address many facets of extreme poverty. Christians should be passionate champions of these goals.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The global population considered food insecure has declined by 167 million since 2005 and by 216 million since 1992, a report says. Reduction of food insecurity has varied greatly from region to region.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
An alliance of Christian ministers is urging 2016 presidential hopefuls to call attention to hunger and poverty in their campaigns and present their views on video.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Chuck Warnock, pastor of Chatham Baptist Church in Chatham, Virginia, writes columns that appear on EthicsDaily.com. Find out when he became a vegetarian.
By: Chuck Warnock
Let's face it. All aspiring writers aren't going to make it on the best-seller list. So if you're a pastor, don't overlook the most obvious audience you have. Write for your congregation.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
One in seven people in the U.S. seek food assistance, a new report says. Despite the need, many agencies reported that they had to reduce services in the last year.
By: Chuck Warnock
Many will regard the Supreme Court's ruling on public prayer as an unqualified win for Christians. Before we celebrate, we must ask if we want our public prayers defined by the high court's criteria.
By: Jon Kuhrt
Having key roles in Britain's national events is seductive, but it is in forsaking them that the Church of England will find greater integrity. Until it does, it can never fully speak truth to power.
By: Chuck Warnock
The more someone uses the Internet, the more likely they are to be religiously unaffiliated, a new study says. So is it time for churches to rail against the Internet? Not in the least.
By: Seth Vopat
In "The Hunger Games," the wealthy few make themselves throw up so they can continue to enjoy a lavish feast while the poor starve. With what we waste, are we so different?
By: Chuck Warnock
What trends are going to influence the church in 2014? Check out one columnist's take on what 5 trends are going to be in and what 5 trends are going to be out this year.
From ousting a Muslim who tried to attend a women's conference to giving away cars to attend church on Easter, should there be ethical standards for Christian outreach? Consider these five.
Jesus taught us to pray for bread. That prayer is about more than meeting individual needs; it's about all of us. We pray not just for our own needs, but the needs of the world.
While multicultural churches are all the rage these days, we still need monocultural churches, particularly among newly arrived immigrant populations. Here are six reasons why.
Jesus lived in hungry times. The devil suggested he take the struggle out of the provision of bread and be hailed as messiah. But hunger isn't an issue that will be solved by charity.
EthicsDaily.com's first live netcast featured a discussion on small churches, covering topics such as pastoral care, community involvement and burnout for pastors and laity.
While the Reformation crafted big theologies, most small churches deal with little theologies, which reflect the influence of those big theologies but in an everyday, hands-on manner.
A gentle rain and a simple meal on a veranda are a reminder of how good life is. But for the homeless and poor in the street below, this same rain is not a welcome sight.
EthicsDaily.com will host its first netcast on Tuesday, Oct. 22, on its website's home page, featuring a panel discussion on small churches. The live program will air at 11 a.m. ET.
Social media makes it easy to let everyone know what you're thinking at the moment, which is why pastors should exercise caution with social media. Here are six guidelines to keep in mind.
When churches practice reconciliation, the neighborhoods and areas within their ministry's influence will be transformed in measurable ways. They are true peace communities.
The next time you watch a zombie flick, remember that some experiences are more amazing than horror films of the dead who come back to life. Let's talk about the real living dead.
Whether domestically or overseas, it is more important to decrease hunger in the future than to simply give food to hungry people in the present. Food for the Hungry tackles both.
Plenty of books explain how to be a faithful disciple of Christ, but Paul reminds us with one verse: We continue to live in Christ just as we first received Him. But what does that mean?
The U.S. House of Representatives, under the guise of cost cutting and fiscal responsibility, passed a farm bill that aids the rich and attacks the poor. It reflects Jesus' parable about a foolish farmer.
We've used a lot of metaphors to describe church leaders – shepherd, physician, CEO – but what artisan? Artisans were skilled masters who produced beautiful and functional work.
Transferring from one leader to the next in churches isn't always neat or simple, but church leaders can benefit from the lessons of Elisha's succession to Elijah.
Paula Deen's admission of using the "N word" revealed her obliviousness to the changing world around her. She never learned her brand had to steer clear of the dark side of Southern history.
British churches are helping the poor who have been hit hard by budget cuts and rising unemployment. But that practical care needs to join with political activism to bring about real change.
Kevin Hagan, president and CEO of Feed the Children, explains how the organization is addressing the underlying causes of hunger in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
The United States is a nation of plenty, yet some of our neighbors live with so little when we have so much. Why are the poor in our own back yards so invisible to us?
Do you want to improve your ministry visiting people in the hospital? Here are five things one pastor learned when he was faced with a three-week hospital stay.
Who is thirsty and hungry? Today, we acknowledge that we are thirsty and hungry. This morning, God invites us to feast upon God’s goodness and pardon. We dare to come to this feast not because of what we have done, and certainly not because we could pay for any of this. We are invited and accepted because of what Jesus has done for us. We just tag along with other sinful pilgrims and say, “We’re with Jesus.” And that is good enough.
How do we move from hungry and barren to satisfied and fruitful? The New Testament couldn’t be clearer. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus says in John 6:35. “Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” Later in John 15:5, that same Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” The answer to hunger and thirst and barrenness is one and the same—a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
One of the ways to help bring an end to poverty is to put an end to tax-evading companies. When companies avoid taxes, poor nations lose money for schools and hospitals.
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.
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.
People don't choose to be hungry. For most, especially women and children, hunger is caused by the system in which we live that often favors the more fortunate while neglecting the poor.
As a person of faith, will you roll up your sleeves and tackle life’s biggest challenges instead of walking away?
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?
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.
No matter where you travel on the planet, innovative church leaders have some common characteristics, including patience and optimism. Check out all 15.
As advertisers flee Rush Limbaugh's program, the conservative broadcaster's apology for his personal attack against a law school student fails the moral-apology test.
Your church may have a trendy coffee bar, but if you're ignoring one or more of these six trends, you may continue to see your membership and your relevance erode.
Leaders from the Apostle Paul to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognize the church's mission as one of reconciliation. Yet churches still have much to do to tear down our nation's racial barriers.
Churches do a good job of proclaiming and teaching about the reconciliation that God offers, but they often fall short at extending reconciliation to others.
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?
Pundits and journalists are predicting what the top issues for 2012 will be. Here are five of the issues that will be on the minds of church members in the new year.
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.
Small churches may be eager to launch new programs or ministries, but they need to ask an important question before they do. Can we sustain it?
"Give us this day our daily bread." This phrase in the Lord's Prayer is offered by the faith community, not an individual. Will this prayer be answered by the faithful sharing their abundance?
In "Simply Jesus," author N.T. Wright helps readers discover the Jesus that the Gospels have been telling us about all along but whom we had managed to screen out.
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.
A professor and author identifies six trends in congregational life in a new book. His conclusion suggests U.S. Christianity continues to lose ground on having an impact on society.
Widespread public mourning is typically limited to rock stars, royalty and politicians. So why does a business leader, Steve Jobs, attract the same level of grief? He changed our lives.
"Divided" seeks to demonize youth ministry, Sunday school and other age-based ministries. Despite its message that the family is the basic unit of faith development, the film fails in intellectual and historic honesty.
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.
Some stories about iconic Southern Baptist missionary Lottie Moon were fabricated to aid fund-raising efforts after her death and to camouflage her advocacy for women's rights. Her real story is better than the myths.
When leaders whip their constituents into a frenzy, they do a grave disservice to the common good. As long as we fail to listen to each other, we will not resolve our conflicts.
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?
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.
The internet has changed the way ministerial students can prepare for ministry. Here are four advantages for young ministers who use the internet to build a presence.
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."
Charitable giving may have edged up by 3.8 percent, but giving to churches and religious organizations actually declined when you adjust for inflation.
Now that minorities make up the majority of babies in the United States, small churches, which tend to be segregated by race, will either broaden their outreach or die as their members age.
Pastors and other church leaders need to consider carefully their social media interaction, whether on blog posts, Twitter, Facebook or other sites. Here are three warnings to steer clear of social-media pitfalls.
For the first time ever, families headed by married couples are no longer the majority of U.S. households, census data says. Families without a traditional husband and wife comprise 52 percent of households.
When natural disasters strike, communities are quick to help their neighbors. That's humanity at its best. What will it take for us to respond to the "slow-motion" tragedies of hunger, lack of health care and loneliness?
Former President Gerald Ford was honored this month with a statue in the House of Representatives. While best known for pardoning Nixon, Ford in his college days took a bold stand against racism.
With gas prices expected to exceed $4 per gallon during a struggling economy, churches could face catastrophic consequences. As churches make budget priorities, will we see single-cause congregations?
We can take comfort in that Jesus is not so unlike us that he can’t understand what we go through every day. It is precisely because he was tempted as we are that he can walk beside us and encourage us to respond as he did... obediently.
Members of a British Baptist church faced 10-hour days in primitive conditions as they helped cook for tens of thousands of refugees, who have been pouring across Libya's border to escape the fighting.
God has a bias toward the poor. With the cards of social resources stacked against the weak and the vulnerable, God tries to balance the scales by being on the side of the most vulnerable – the biblical widow and orphan.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Significant progress on global malnutrition can be made in 2011, the ecumenical anti-hunger group Bread for the World said.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of Americans struggling with hunger remained stable in 2009 despite the economic downturn, but remained at the highest recorded level.
With all the craziness about what some churches have been doing, it's inspiring to learn that others are feeding the hungry, providing education about domestic violence and even sending inspirational text messages.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Major charity groups say the needs of impacted families remain dire.
She had no plan or organizational backing, but nearly 30 years after her death, Peace Pilgrim, who walked across America for 28 years for peace, continues to inspire others.
More than 1 billion people in the world are hungry, most of them in underdeveloped nations. And we don't have to look far to realize people closer to home struggle with hunger. With so many in need, what can we do?
What do George Hunter, Elie Wiesel and Gandhi have in common? They're all authors of books that made Chuck Warnock's top 10 books that changed his life and ministry. Check out the titles that made the list.
Will you and your church be part of 100 million Christians praying on Oct. 10, 2010, for a "fresh vision" that will result in freeing a half-billion people from extreme poverty? It's part of the vision of the Micah Challenge.
When we consider the damage that humans inflict upon the earth because they choose to be carnivorous, it makes sense that the original order of vegetarianism should be seriously reconsidered.
Not everyone sees things the way the pastor sees the church. How does a pastor motivate people to take the necessary steps to make changes for the future? Start with these five ideas.
For some, less government would be a good thing. But if all government services disappeared tomorrow, those who demanded smaller government would demand that essential services be restored immediately.
The new racial reality is characterized by a belief that with the victories of the civil rights movement, America's race-related problems are behind us. But has our society simply entered a phase of gentler racism?
The government exists for the welfare of all its citizens, not just the majority. The contention of Rand Paul, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, that the free market will work everything out is neither democratic nor logical.
Rand Paul, Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, was unable to give a straight-forward, yes-or-no answer to the question of his support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His position cannot go unchallenged.
You are likely to find tea party members sitting in your church pews, based on a recent New York Times poll. How should churches respond? And how should we address the racial overtones in the movement?
With all the talk about healthcare and the nation's deficit, some have suggested that churches take over the responsibility for caring for the nation's poor. While it's a noble goal, the math falls short.
Different people offer different perspectives. For pastors, different types of people can help their ministries. Here are the five types that every pastor ought to have in their congregations.
In our uber-scientific age, the concept of soul has fallen on hard times. Even churches seem more focused on easy self-help answers rather than caring for the soul. Can churches once again be doctors of the soul?
The arrest of 10 Southern Baptist church members in Haiti provides churches with a sobering reminder. Even if your motives are pure, you must know and follow the laws of the country you are in.
With only 140 characters to make a point, Twitter's tweets may be catchy but they're often simplistic and shallow. A recent tweet about small churches is a perfect illustration.
Google recently launched its new phone, Nexus One, with little fanfare. While one reviewer called it underwhelming, Google has a strategy – and it's one that has applications for churches.
Author Anne Rice, who spawned a virtual vampire industry with her Vampire Chronicles series, has turned her attention to angels with her new book, "Angel Time." Will angels become the next cultural trend?
Many trends, from mobile communications to denominational disinterest, will affect how the church interacts with the larger community. Here are 10 trends to keep an eye on.
The publishing world is abuzz about e-books. And it won't be long before devices like the Kindle look quaint when our mobile phones turn into total communication devices. But what does this have to do with churches?
A link exists between owning luxury items and being selfish, a new study found. So who's surprised? Luxury blinds us to the needs of others and biases us toward our own self-interest.
While every day is filled with opportunities to give thanks, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to take a day to reflect and be grateful, including the fact that many of us have access to sufficient food.
One in six people goes hungry in America and around the world. A new study reveals that Americans prefer religious groups to feed the hungry and homeless. Will churches step up to the task?
Two new reports confirm that the makeup of the church is already shifting, but church scholars are culturally blind to the rise of minority, urban and ethnic churches.
What's the role that pastoral care plays in a missional church? Shouldn't "the care of souls" be a part of a church's intentional ministry, rather than an afterthought during times of crisis?
Many are angry about the cost to rescue a boy who turned out not to be in a runaway balloon. Do they know the daily cost of the war in Iraq? Or how many Third World children starve to death in an afternoon?
If you're looking for a good book on a specific ministry topic, the most popular titles aren't always the best. Seminary and university course descriptions can be a great source. And they're only a few clicks away.
People continue to stay away from the church in droves, even after millions have been spent on church-growth seminars, marketing and programs. The problem is we've been answering the wrong question.
Many Christians may think they know everything they need to about the cross and crucifixion. There may be a few things you didn't know. Here are some examples.
The battle over ideas in this country has degenerated into a name-calling, fear-mongering contest. It's time to condemn the Joe Wilsons of the world who would rather inflame than inform.
A flawed Barna Group survey compares how faith varies based on a church's size, implying that small churches aren't as orthodox in the faith as large ones. Barna bungled this one.
When we hunger for that grace, God does a magical thing. God reaches down into the very depths of our hearts and lifts us up above the cares and difficulties we encounter, and enters our personal wildernesses. And in that moment, we are offered something to eat, something that will never perish. I encourage you to accept this grace as if it were your very last meal, for in it you will find the Living Bread. And if you accept it, you will never hunger again.
Some churches fear controversy, but not Second Baptist of Little Rock, Ark. Their Sweet Justice series tackled hot-button issues and offered first steps on how to get involved.
Will The Family survive? No one may be in line to succeed its leader, but its ideas will prosper, author Jeff Sharlet says in the final part of this three-part interview.
More than one out of four Americans are obese. With so many people going without around the globe, have we forgotten what it means to be satisfied?
The Family fetishizes strength and power, author Jeff Sharlet says in the second part of a three-part interview; its leaders have even facilitated support for dictators.
In the first of a three-part interview, author Jeff Sharlet discusses the Family, a secretive Christian organization that has insinuated itself into the halls of power in Washington, D.C.
Pharmacists must dispense the Plan B contraceptive pill regardless of religious conviction, a court ruling said, to ensure "citizens have timely access to lawfully prescribed medications."
Officials in the second poorest county in Virginia are allowing Sunday liquor sales to resolve a financial squeeze. Lifting the ban without assessing the impact is bad public policy.
Southern Baptists have moved to the right in their critique of public education. One video, featuring three Southern Baptists, urges the rescue of children from "pagan, godless schools" and uses footage of Hitler and Nazis.
The National Association of Evangelicals' board members were pessimistic about church growth in America, an NAE survey reported. If they looked closer at this nation's ethnic churches, they might be more optimistic.
Not long after President Obama nominated the first Hispanic woman to the Supreme Court, her critics attacked. Regardless of why any senator should or shouldn't support Sonia Sotomayor, she deserves to be treated with respect.
A survey found 54 percent of weekly church-goers said torture is often or sometimes justified when used to gain important information from terrorists compared to 42 percent of those who seldom or never attend church.
Used car salesmen and members of Congress need to slide over and make room. A new study finds that only one out of five Americans have a "great deal" of confidence in leaders of religious institutions.
In less than a month, 49 people were murdered in a hail of bullets in eight separate incidents. We need a rational approach for serious gun regulation. We restrict driver's licenses by type of vehicle, why not gun owners and guns?
Churches are facing three converging crises: clergy shortage, declining church attendance and aging congregations. No wonder today’s seminary students want to work any place but the local church.
Facebook and other social networking platforms enable people to reconnect with old friends and stay connected forever. What’s the implication for faith communities?
Every church has some folks with high needs, such as personality disorders, mental challenges or other barriers to living. The responsibility to care for these individuals can’t fall to just one person.
PASADENA, Calif. -- While applauding President Obama's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq by 2011, a longtime peace activist cautioned that Afghanistan may be the next U.S. military quagmire.
The same thing that is happening in the broader culture will happen in churches, too—more options, more models, a network of niches, rather than a predominant church form.
Here are the five lessons churches must learn from newspapers, television and retail if churches are going to survive as a viable social institution.
Too many American Christians have myopia about the malnourished and their moral obligations.
While I would not accuse my professors of lying to me, I did learn that there are some lessons seminary never teaches you.
A bunch of Pharisees descend on Jesus, trying to trick him into giving a wrong answer. This is "gotcha" journalism, first-century style.
The verdict is in the Victoria Osteen case. A jury of her peers (I assume all wives of wavy-haired televangelists) deliberated two hours before finding her not guilty. So, the Osteens' three-year legal nightmare has come to an end. However, if they had asked me how extremely rich, incredibly photogenic mega-church pastors could avoid being sued, I'd have given them this advice:
An earlier column talked about several converging crises--energy, economy and environment. Since then the price of gas has gone down! Proof that I was wrong. Not!
Last November, I posed the question in a blog, "If gas hits $4/gal, what will your church do?" We are beyond $4/gallon gas now, and the future looks different than we ever thought it would just a couple of years back. But, there are other crises which will affect churches in the next few years:
Two statements about global hunger appeared a month apart. The latter statement will test the depth of commitment of the former.
Rising food and fuel prices are on the minds of much of the world. These realities exist hand in hand. It takes lots of energy for the massive food production needed to sustain (and in many cases, fatten) over six billion human residents on this orb. Thus, it is futile to think the cost of one will be unrelated to the other. Alongside these very noticeable realities, though, there is another busy contributor to food production. It is the honey bee.
I'm sitting at my desk eating a free lunch and trying to catch up on the news from an international food summit currently taking place in Rome. It is being sponsored by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
Surging food prices could push 100 million deeper into poverty, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Sunday at the close of the International Money Fund-World Bank spring meetings in Washington.
The one-time director of hunger concerns for the Southern Baptist Convention said a downturn in giving to an annual hunger offering indicates the nation's largest Protestant denomination has turned its back on the poor.
The Baptist World Alliance observes October as Hunger Month. Why is this necessary? Consider the statistics that appear on the Bread for the World Web site: