Revolution of Compassion: Faith-Based Groups as Full Partners in Fighting America's Social Problems

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God's concern for the poor is one of the central themes of the Bible. But with nearly 12 percent of Americans living in poverty and despair, it's obvious God's people are not fulfilling this critical calling. Reasons for failure are many, but recent changes in government policy and attitude offer the church of the twenty-first century a new opportunity to expand its role in helping society.

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Overview

God's concern for the poor is one of the central themes of the Bible. But with nearly 12 percent of Americans living in poverty and despair, it's obvious God's people are not fulfilling this critical calling. Reasons for failure are many, but recent changes in government policy and attitude offer the church of the twenty-first century a new opportunity to expand its role in helping society.

A Revolution of Compassion explores the practical, political, and legal issues associated with government funding of faith-based organizations. By cooperating with the government and the private sector, faith-based agencies can address the problems of homelessness, unemployment, and rehabilitation while augmenting practical help with spiritual hope.

Using powerful personal stories and interviews with prominent leaders, this well-rounded discussion calls Christians deeper into the journey of bringing God's grace and truth to those who are suffering.

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It's not easy to write a reasoned and easy-to-read book about the politically superheated topic of faith-based groups and social services. The authors, a nonprofit specialist and a policy specialist, creditably do so. They speak to evangelical Christians to encourage them to come to the public table, where they may act as citizens and neighbors in a way that accommodates and affirms, rather than threatens or ignores, their religious beliefs. The authors carefully explain the unfolding of federal Charitable Choice provisions of the late 1990s and during George W. Bush's administration that have redefined what money groups can get to provide what kind of community services to those in need. They call for less suspicion and a good deal more partnering with other sources of charitable help, provided that a faith group has the confidence and clarity that its social work is a faithful expression of what it believes. One flaw in the book is a scanty sense of history: Catholics have delivered 150 years of human services in America without losing their religion, and that track record deserves more thorough notice here. (The authors do acknowledge providers motivated by their religious beliefs to minister to bodies and souls, notably the Salvation Army.) Still, this is not so much a theoretical book as a practical one with advice, suggestions and basic resources for evangelical groups ready for the opportunity and challenge of fulfilling the great commission by acting as good Samaritans. This is a needed book. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801064456
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Pages: 201
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 11
Acknowledgments 17
1. America Needs a Revolution 19
2. The Roots of Revolution 33
3. A New Partnership 57
4. In Partnership with Business 89
5. Collaborating with the Social Sector 113
6. Equal Partners with Government 137
Epilogue 169
Frequently Asked Questions 175
Faith-Based Ministries' Code of Conduct 185
Recommended Resources 189
Notes 195
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