Social Ministry, Theological and Philosophical Foundations

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Part of the ministry resources on Christian Social Ministry, Social Justice, and Urban Ministry

Biblically-Based Calls to Social Conscience and Action

From International Justice Mission, Gary Haugen:

From World Vision International, Richard Stearns:

Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel: What Does God Expect of Us? The Answer That Changed My Life and Might Just Change the World — A personal plea that describes the biblical and personal motivations that lead a successful corporate executive, who is now President of World Vision International, to let it go to pursue a call to an orphanage in Uganda.

From Evangelicals for Social Action, Ron Sider:

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From Sojourners Community, Jim Wallis:

Jim Wallis, Rediscovering Values On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street: A Moral Compass for the New Economy – Many regard this to be one of Wallis’ most personal and passionate calls to Christian social conscience. It is also a good overall introduction to his thinking.

From the Christian Community Development Association, John Perkins:


Mark Labberton, The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus – Awakens the deep disdain for social injustice that is in every human heart, yet exposes the casual disregard and self-serving avoidance maneuvers we often have toward those who live in the throes of that injustice.

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Collections of Popularly Referenced Authors on Social Ministry, Social Justice, and Urban Ministry

Theology of Social Ministry

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Theology of Reconciliation

Theology of Material Possessions — General

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Theology of Material Possessions — Warning

Ronald J. Sider, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger– Contains a serious biblical study highlighting God’s identification with the poor and the “casting down” of the rich.

Theology of Material Possessions — Liberation theology

Theology of Material Possessions — Pro-Wealth, Capitalist

John R. Schneider, The Good of Affluence: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth – Offers wealthy Christians biblical affirmation but also challenges them to a life shaped by an uncommon sense of stewardship and compassion.

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