The thrust of Dangerous Worship by Mark Labberton is that one’s vertical worship of God cannot be divorced from the horizontal love of one’s neighbor. Although this is nothing new (cf. Isa 1:10-17, Jesus’ indictment of the Pharisees in Matthew 23:23-24, and the Greatest Commandment in Luke 10:27 (which, not coincidentally, is followed by the story of the Good Samaritan)), I was convicted that we, as a community, need to be more intentionally and strategically involved in alleviating poverty. Hence I was particularly thankful for the following resources which came across my radar:
- When Helping Hurts – “The book provides foundational concepts and clear principles for helping the poor without hurting them. It then presents proven interventions and relevant applications for churches to use when ministering to the poor both at home and abroad, including advice about short-term missions programs.” We are planning on doing a one-session book club to discuss this book. Hopefully this will get some creative juices flowing for how we can get involved.
- Seek Social Justice – From the makers of the excellent Modern Parables (which we used before) comes this 6-session small group study. We really enjoyed Modern Parables, and this looks to be excellent! In addition, it is FREE and available as a digital download (starting in December 2009)! The trailer is below.