It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Need and abundance, a Reflection on 2 Corinthians 8:7-15

There's a lot of poor people in the world. And there's a lot of the rest of us that don't think of ourselves as being all that rich. Paul told the Corinthians that they were supposed to give gifts relative to what they had. "It's only fair that those of you that have anything should be willing to share it," he said.

The United Methodist Church asks Can we feed the world?
One in ten households in the U.S. lives with hunger, or is at risk of hunger. Around the world, almost a billion people go hungry.
That website includes links to other related stories: gleaning, biotechnology, reasons for hope, and Biblical ethics.

Examples of how the church can help the poor include local food pantrieslocal markets, and international giving.

 in 2009 reported that Rich countries have snubbed poor What would Paul say to us?

For a progress report on how Christians are responding to the needs of the poor, keep up with the  Rio +20 conference.

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