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Faithful in Small Things

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Faithful in Small Things

by Kevin Wiebe and Ronald J. Sider

How can you help the poor when you can barely pay your own bills?

Pastor Kevin Wiebe grew up below the poverty line, with his mother hunting for change in the couch to buy food for the baby. Wiebe now pastors a “low-resource” church of mostly immigrants—a congregation that transcends definitions of the helper and the helped and that doesn’t fit neatly into any stereotype of poverty. In Faithful in Small Things, Wiebe shows readers that writing big checks isn’t the only—or even the best—way to alleviate poverty. Along the way, he shines a spotlight on the value of small acts of love as a means of changing the world, and as vitally important to following Jesus.

Investigating scriptural definitions of poverty and God’s heart for the poor throughout the Bible, Wiebe calls readers not only to “help the needy” but to acknowledge their own need and to work with God to serve others. By delving into concepts like brokenness, mutuality, dignity, and systemic injustice, Wiebe exposes gaps in the mainstream Christian understandings of economic inequality and explores holistic ways of reducing poverty. In doing so, he provides a better way forward for Christians committed to working for the flourishing of all.

Jesus ministered to the poor, Jesus was poor. If both are true of our Savior, both can be true of us too.










Part 1: Christian Foundations for Beliefs About Poverty—The Bible
Chapter 1: The Poverty in Us All
Chapter 2: The Murdered Homeless Man
Chapter 3: The Revelation of Your Hidden Beliefs
Chapter 4: Broken

Part 2: How to Think About It
Chapter 5: They Have Faces and Names
Chapter 6: The Good News
Chapter 7: Get Off Your High Horse
Chapter 8: Learning to Receive
Chapter 9: Mental Illness, Addictions, and Self-Care

Part 3: How to Live It Out
Chapter 10: The Value of Relationships
Chapter 11: Holistic and Sacrificial Giving
Chapter 12: Turn Off the Tap
Chapter 13: Choice and Consequences

Part 4: What Might Happen
Chapter 14: When We Harm
Chapter 15: Falling Forward
Chapter 16: When Small Acts Grow Big
Chapter 17: When Small Acts Stay Small

A Note to Rural Readers
The Author

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