Why Poor People Stay Poor

An article was published recently in Slate about this; it’s an excerpt from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado.  Her point is that it’s hard to follow the good advice that exists about saving money when you have no money and no safety net. Thought-provoking. Check it out. One time I [Read More…]

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Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

We just ran into this fascinating article at The Atlantic (it’s a couple years old, but it’s been going around Facebook, so that makes it new again, right?) It argues that poverty actually causes changes in the way the brain operates: Science published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make [Read More…]

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Changing one congregation: Jobs for Life

Last year the Patheos Faith and Work Channel contacted leaders of some prominent community development and entrepreneurial organizations to talk about their attempts to transform communities through the growth of new businesses and attention to the dignity of work. The interviews were very popular and we’re going to be running some of them here again over [Read More…]

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Changing one neighborhood: Focused Community Strategies

Last year the Patheos Faith and Work Channel contacted leaders of some prominent community development and entrepreneurial organizations to talk about their attempts to transform communities through the growth of new businesses and attention to the dignity of work. The interviews were very popular and we’re going to be running some of them here again over [Read More…]

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Rising Tide or Zero-Sum Game?

Why Christians should care that the Nobel prize in economics has gone to poverty and welfare researcher Angus Deaton   By Dr. P.J. Hill The announcement of Angus Deaton as the latest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics is welcome news for Christians who want a deeper understanding of the dramatic change in human [Read More…]

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Meet Dale: A Tale of Perseverance and Love

This post is reprinted from Marion Be The Change, a community development and advocacy organization in Marion, IN “aimed at giving those living in poverty a voice, while seeking tangible solutions to improve their lives.”  The organization focuses on talking seriously with those in poverty to hear their own stories and suggestions. Check out some [Read More…]

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