Poverty is Everyone's Problem: Ministry WITH the Poor

Imagine this scenario:  You and your family are, as are most people in the US, what is called “asset poor.” That is, if family income suddenly disappeared, you would have inadequate reserve cash to live even at the federal poverty level for three months ($1962.50/month for a family of four) and stay current with your [Read More…]

Cold and Comfort, Disquiet at the Disparity

It’s one of those days where I realize just how fortunate I am.  The wind is pretty wild here in Krum and the temperature dropped well into the freezing range overnight.  It’s projected to be bitterly cold here tonight. I personally welcome the cold weather.  I sleep better, and also appreciate the necessity of extended [Read More…]

Could It Happen Again?

As I was perusing the Dallas Morning News today, the business news reminded me again that many of us baby boomers peering into the retirement years are not seeing a pretty picture. Another article noted that even more people have now slipped below the poverty line. Below is a graphic showing where the poverty line [Read More…]

An Ode to Air Conditioning

The air is hot and so am I.  Work in the yard and garden is restricted now to just the earliest hours of the morning, and even then, I come in drenched with sweat.  Like most other people, I’m keeping the temperature in the house much higher than I have before, but the compressor still [Read More…]