Reforming Mercy Ministry
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength." This, Jesus tells us, is the greatest commandment. Implicit in it is the message that propels us...
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"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength." This, Jesus tells us, is the greatest commandment. Implicit in it is the message that propels us out to the ends of the earth, news as simple as it is good: God so loves the world that he gave his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins, and he invites us into a saving relationship with him."The second commandment," Jesus goes on, "is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." If the first commandment is simple, the second one gets a little tricky. Sometimes it seems like we're loving our neighbor in our random acts of kindness, but in reality we're making things worse for them. And sometimes we lose sight of what's distinctly Christian about our ministries of mercy; our acts of love move our neighbors no closer to the loving God who calls them to repentance.In Reforming Mercy Ministry Ted Rivera identifies thirty-three ways we can engage the world with Christian compassion. And he offers fresh insight into our impulse to help, so that we do more good than harm. All the while he keeps the second great commandment close to the first: we love our neighbors, Rivera reminds us, because God first loved us--and because God loves our neighbors more than we do.
Ted Rivera (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor and department chair of the school of religion at Liberty University. He is the author of Jonathan Edwards on Worship: Public and Private Devotion to God(Pickwick, 2010) and is writing a forthcoming book on the first and second great commandments. A
- :prefaceintroduction: Won’t I Be Your Neighbor?1. Feed The Hungry2. Fight Famine3. Give Drink To The Thirsty4. Care For The Stranger5. Help The Homeless6. Supply Clothes To The Needy7. Care For The Sick8. Provide Disaster Relief9. Minister To The Imprisoned10. Effectively Oppose Abortion11. Offer Crisis Pregnancy Support12. Adopt13. Become A Foster Parent14. Fight Child Abuse15. Fight Pornography16. Support Women’s Shelters17. Care For Widows18. Care For The Disabled19. Give Hospice Care20. Fight For Human Rights21. Fight Racism22. Fight Drug And Alcohol Abuse23. Fight For Fair Wages24. Fight For Health Care Reform25. Teach Financial Responsibility26. Enter The Political Arena27. Be Outspoken28. Go Somewhere No One Else Is Willing To Go29. Live Unselfishly30. Model Compassion 31. Give Money32. Show Respect33. Care For Spiritual Needs