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Christian Living & Ethics
Leroy Barber :: How do I build relationships with and minister to people that are homeless?
“I haven’t done it in a while, but I connect with some people who do it really well,” says Leroy Barber, Author, President of Mission Year and CEO of FCS Urban Ministries. “One of the ways that they start is they build a place of dignity and trust that people can enter.” Café 458 is a restaurant in Atlanta that serves homeless people free meals in a restaurant-style setting.
Leroy Barber :: How do we interact with people whose beliefs and prejudices seem non-negotiable?
Leroy Barber :: What are the difficulties involved in doing long-term ministry in a low-income community?
Gerry Breshears :: Is just doing good enough, or should I always evangelize?
Gerry Breshears :: Should Christians be involved in inter-faith and non-faith justice work?
Josh Butler Panel :: How do I talk to my missionary relatives about valuing justice over evangelism?
Mike Caba :: Do I need to be involved in politics to live justly?
Maddy deLone :: Are convictions incentivized in prosecution offices?
Maddy deLone :: Do police often fail to give evidence to prosecutors?
Maddy deLone :: On the Prison Industrial Complex
Mike Hogan :: How do I balance doing justice with the need to mobilize others to do justice?
“If you really have a burden for the church…it’s going to be this labor of love, of bringing them along, even though it’s hard,” says Mike Hogan, the Northwest Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission. Living justly is essential for people to thrive, part of our calling will always involve encouraging others to live justly, even if it isn’t as exciting as being in the field.
Celestin Musekura :: Does forgiving someone mean they don’t need to be punished?
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah :: I’m giving money to the poor, what now?
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah :: What do I do now that I’m aware of suffering?
Dave Rogers :: How do I know if a product was made with slave labor?
John Sowers :: If I can’t commit to a regular schedule, can I still be a mentor?
John Sowers :: How do you find kids that need help in your community?
John Sowers :: How do you mentor when the father’s still at home?
John Sowers :: How do you talk about ‘God the father’ with fatherless youth?
John Sowers :: What about female to female mentoring?
Richard Twiss :: How can Caucasians build authentic relationships with Native peoples?
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Good Deeds of Believers vs. Good Deeds of Non-Believers
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Shalom and Human Flourishing
Ken Wytsma :: Animal Rights etc.
Ken Wytsma :: Emotional Affairs vs. Sexual Affairs
Ken Wytsma :: Is it wrong to buy or own a house?
Ken Wytsma :: Should Christians be involved in political issues? (The one where Ken explains Affirmative Action)
Ken Wytsma :: Should Christians fight in wars?
Ken Wytsma :: What is the role of empathy in Christian living?
Ken Wytsma :: Why should I care about biblical ethics?
Mike Hogan :: How do I keep from being labeled a liberal or extremist when I talk about justice?
“The biblical foundation is so important,” says Mike Hogan, the Northwest Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission. “Let the bible speak for itself.” Conservatives that dislike social justice are usually reacting against bad theology that tends to replace Christ, theology, and the bible with good deeds. That perception can be overcome by always grounding your position on social justice biblically.
Leroy Barber :: Do seminaries and bible colleges reaffirm non-negotiable beliefs and prejudices?
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah :: Idealism’s Missing Ingredient
Richard Twiss :: Are missions trips to reservations a waste of time? (strong language)
Richard Twiss :: On Native American Sports Mascots
Richard Twiss :: The Colonization of Consciousness
Ken Wytsma :: Bonhoeffer and Faith
Ken Wytsma :: Does shared morality bind a culture together?
Nathan George & Keith Wright :: Should I pursue justice work or education first?
“There is a huge amount of value in getting experience,” according to Nathan George, Founder of Trade As One. Keith Wright, International President of Food for the Hungry, quickly echoes him: “If you jumped in and got your Masters or even Ph.D…and it’s not for you, what a bummer.” Beyond simply getting experience, we also need to be listening to God and open to his calling on our life, even if it isn’t as exciting as traveling overseas to fight poverty.
Melissa McCreery :: How can we guide students down the right educational path?
Melissa McCreery :: How do justice and everyday life intersect?
Melissa McCreery :: What if professors don’t care about justice or character development?
Matthew Soerens :: The challenges for undocumented children in the eduction system
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Teaching Human Rights at Yale University
Rick Gerhardt :: Is it possible to protect the environment given population growth?
Rick Gerhardt :: Should or can we stop burning oil?
Rick Gerhardt :: Are the new heaven & earth an excuse for neglecting our planet?
Richard Twiss :: How should Christians relate to Earth and the environment?
Scott Rae :: Is mandatory assisted suicide on the way in America?
Scott Rae :: Should we make health decisions for the elderly and very ill?
Scott Rae :: What do we do when our family won’t let go of a dying loved one?
Scott Rae :: Why are we often blindsided with bad news from physicians?
Steve Carter :: How do I overcome resistance to justice ministry in my church?
“Start young,” says Steve Carter, Lead Pastor of Rock Harbor Fullerton and Founding Member of Solidarity. Be creative in engaging youth and connect their energy and enthusiasm back to the adults that are resisting change and new ideas. “It seriously could totally revolutionize your church.”
Leroy Barber :: Is gentrification of city centers affecting the churches in suburbia?
Stephan Bauman :: What is the church’s role in relief and development?
Josh Butler :: Are there resources for U.S. churches to partner overseas?
Josh Butler :: Short-term Missions
Steve Carter :: How do I start building entrepreneurial justice ministries in my church?
Don Golden :: Should the church be involved in immigration politics?
Abraham Himsimting :: Are there needs beyond funding and prayer that the Western Church can meet?
Mike Hogan :: How can a church do justice sustainably?
Mike Hogan :: How can I mobilize my pastor to care about justice?
Stan Patyrak :: Do you evangelize when there is no local church?
Matthew Soerens :: How does World Relief engage churches on immigration?
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah :: Are we in danger of over-emphasizing justice over evangelism?
Richard Twiss :: Is a truly multicultural church possible?
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Why do some churches get squeamish about love and justice talk?
Ken Wytsma :: Are we obligated to take care of people outside the church?
Ken Wytsma :: Westboro Baptist
Gender Equality & Human Trafficking
Mimi Haddad :: How can I, as an individual, empower women?
“There’s absolutely no movement of justice that happens without the community being part of it,” says Dr. Mimi Haddad, President of Christians for Biblical Equality, “all of us need each other.” Creating opportunities for women in one’s personal sphere is one of the most powerful ways for an individual to help promote an environment of advocacy for women.
Mimi Haddad :: On the Objectification of Women in Media
Mimi Haddad :: What is Paul saying about women in I Timothy 2:12?
Amy Hewat & Mark Kadel :: How can I help fight human trafficking in my everyday life?
Mark Kadel :: Sex Trafficking in the U.S.
James Pond :: Are boys sexually trafficked in Cambodia?
James Pond :: Are formerly trafficked boys being rehabilitated in Cambodia?
James Pond :: Are more girls sold or kidnapped into sex trafficking?
James Pond :: Can trafficked women return to their families in Cambodia?
James Pond :: Do Cambodian politics help or hinder sex trafficking?
James Pond :: Does the male sex drive propel sex trafficking?
James Pond :: Do the recovering girls have a voice in their rehabilitation?
James Pond :: History of Sex Trafficking
James Pond :: How are girls rescued from sex slavery in Cambodia?
James Pond :: How can formerly trafficked girls re-enter a society that has exploited them?
James Pond :: How do you reintegrate girls across borders?
James Pond :: Is there a relationship between pornography and sex tourism?
James Pond :: Is there corporate support for anti-trafficking work?
James Pond :: Supply and Demand in the Cambodian Sex Industry
James Pond :: What are the difficulties working with formerly trafficked adults?
James Pond :: What is your role as a male in rehabilitating trafficked girls?
Dave Rogers :: What is Human Trafficking?
Allison Schroeder :: How can men more effectively support women and their rights?
Matthew Soerens :: How do immigrants and refugees integrate into American culture?
Daniel Wallace :: Paul’s Passage on Women
Ken Wytsma :: Anti-Trafficking Ministries in Cambodia
Josh Butler :: How Do We Address Both Domestic And International Need?
“We are a part of this international body of Christ,” explains Josh Butler, Pastor of Mission at Imago Dei Community in Portland, “We have brothers and sisters who are stepping into some of the toughest cracks and margins of our world.” Imago Dei seeks to partner with those missionaries in that facet. We also had a season of repentance out of which we asked, “Where are the cracks and margins within our own church body and our city?”
Josh Butler Panel :: Has political corruption hindered your work in Cambodia?
Maddy deLone :: Should our justice system be exported to other countries?
Don Golden :: How does U.S. foreign aid giving compare to the rest of the world?
Don Golden :: What is your dream for the future of Haiti?
Don Golden :: What should be the U.S. policy toward Haiti?
Bob Harder :: Are there substitutes for charcoal in Africa?
Bob Harder :: What are engineers doing to combat injustice in the U.S.?
Bob Harder :: What are rocket stoves, and could wood-burning replace coal in Africa?
Bob Harder :: Where does charcoal come from?
Celestin Musekura :: How can I get directly involved in rebuilding Rwanda?
“If you are going to serve in that community, my friend, first you need to realize what you are getting yourself into,” says Dr. Celestin Musekura, President and Founder of African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.), as well as a co-founder of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance. Most – if not all – Americans have no frame of reference for the experience of mass genocide and will be poorly equipped to minister to survivors. “Go there with an open mind.”
Cyprien Nkiriyumwami :: Can we fight gender-based violence without disrupting local African culture?
Cyprien Nkiriyumwami :: What role can the global church play in ending violence in Africa?
Stan Patyrak :: Have you encountered any resistance to digging wells in the third world?
James Pond :: Is sex tourism an issue in Cambodia?
James Pond :: Prostitution-related Stigma in Cambodia
Dave Rogers :: Does the Nepali government combat human trafficking?
Marcel Serabungo :: Is there a need for artists or photographers in the Congo?
Marcel Serabungo :: What is your work in the Congo?
Matthew Soerens :: Are Muslims attempting to establish sharia law in the U.S.?
Matthew Soerens :: How do needs of refugees in the U.S. compare with needs of those living in the third world?
Matthew Soerens :: What is the status of refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan?
Matthew Soerens Panel :: What are the solutions to the problems created by agricultural subsidies?
Daniel Wallace :: God and Genocide
Keith Wright :: On the Kony 2012 Video
Keith Wright :: Is population growth a problem in the Global South?
Keith Wright :: Why isn’t Africa developing?
Ken Wytsma :: Child Soldiers and the Difficulty of Development in the Third World
Ken Wytsma :: Congo and Health Care Reform
Ken Wytsma :: Do certain peoples and nations understand justice better than others?
Ken Wytsma :: How effective is micro-finance in Cambodia?
Ken Wytsma :: The Mosque at Ground Zero
Ken Wytsma :: Is the Gospel complete without Justice?
Over time, our perspective of the gospel has lost some of its full meaning. Today, “we have the desire to keep the gospel purely transactional between us and God…resulting in our salvation,” according to Ken Wytsma, Founder of The Justice Conference and President of Kilns College. Because of this transactional view of the gospel, some people react strongly against any discussion of the value of justice, good works or good deeds.
Michael Badriaki :: How did you progress from “social” justice to “servant” justice?
Leroy Barber :: How do you define ‘gentrification’ and ‘redlining’?
Leroy Barber :: What is the relationship between power and justice?
Stephan Bauman :: What do relief and development have to do with our faith?
Gerry Breshears :: Are other religions doing more justice work than Christianity?
Gerry Breshears :: If we pursue social justice, are we compromising the gospel?
Rick Gerhardt :: Why do Christians have a history of avoiding justice issues?
Don Golden :: How would a young person prepare for a career in justice work?
Mike Hogan :: How can we celebrate saving one person while millions still suffer?
Celestin Musekura :: How do you define ‘Ubuntu’?
Celestin Musekura :: What is the relationship between forgiveness and justice?
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Justice as a Minimum of Love
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Justice for the Handicapped
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Love and Justice
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Patience, Hope and Reliance on God in the Struggle Against Injustice
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Reconciling the Injustices of the Church in History
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Righteousness or Justice?
Nicholas Wolterstorff :: The Fine Texture of Justice in Everyday Life
Keith Wright :: How do we decide which justice issues to address?
Ken Wytsma :: Do I have to do justice to know God?
Ken Wytsma :: How do I resolve to do justice?
Ken Wytsma :: What is the meaning of ‘Justice’?
Ken Wytsma :: What steps can I take to live justly?
Ken Wytsma :: Why didn’t Paul speak out against slavery?
Ken Wytsma :: Why write a book on giving your life away?
Mike & Danae Yankoski :: Social Justice vs Evangelism
The Justice Conference
Why The Justice Conference?
“We really do believe that far too often justice is seen as a good thing, rather than a necessary thing or a universal thing.” Ken Wytsma, President of Kilns College and Founder of The Justice Conference, answers a question about the purpose of The Justice Conference. Treating justice like a good thing reduces it to a hobby or fashion. It becomes something that exists “over there” or “in that other country” rather than something that is going on all around us every day.
Gerry Breshears :: What gets you excited about the Justice Conference?
Celestin Musekura :: What did you like about the 2011 Justice Conference?
Matthew Soerens :: Will immigration be represented at the Justice Conference in 2011?
Ken Wytsma :: How has founding The Justice Conference affected you?
Ken Wytsma :: What did you talk about at the Baylor Justice Conference?
Ken Wytsma :: What was the impact of The Justice Conference 2011?
Ken Wytsma :: Who are the 99%?
Politics, Poverty & Immigration
Amy Hewat & Mark Kadel :: What legislation could prevent revictimization of trafficked girls?
If prostitution is illegal, are there laws in place to protect victims of sex trafficking? In many states there aren’t, but one way legislation can protect sex trafficking survivors is to expunge their criminal record. Many victims of trafficking have criminal charges brought against them. “It prevents them from moving forward in life,” says Amy Hewat, the U.S. Anti-Trafficking Specialist at World Relief.
Nathan George :: How do you define fair trade?
Nathan George :: Should we ONLY buy fair trade?
Nathan George :: Should we legislate fair trade in the U.S.?
Don Golden :: What should the U.S.’s immigration policy be?
Matthew Soerens :: A Recent History of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Matthew Soerens :: Are there undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Military?
Matthew Soerens :: Can we de-politicize immigration reform?
Matthew Soerens :: Don’t believe everything you hear.
Matthew Soerens :: Getting Educated on Immigration
Matthew Soerens :: How do churches respond to your talks on immigration?
Matthew Soerens :: How will your reforms make it harder to enter the U.S. illegally?
Matthew Soerens :: Shouldn’t immigrants be more grateful to the U.S.?
Matthew Soerens :: Who are the opponents of Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
Matthew Soerens :: Would immigration reform aid Social Security?
Matthew Soerens Panel :: Does the Farm Bill effect immigration?
Matthew Soerens Panel :: What can I do to minister to and serve immigrants?
Matthew Soerens Panel :: What happens to American born children with undocumented parents?
Keith Wright & Nathan George :: Are $/day estimates true, and is poverty as bad as it is portrayed?
Jenny Yang :: How do we address immigration in the future?
Jenny Yang :: Racial Bias in U.S. Immigration Law
Jenny Yang :: What is the Christian response to immigration?
Has the church forgotten our call to love our neighbor? Jenny Yang, Director of Advocacy and Policy for World Relief’s Refugee and Immigration Program, explains World Relief’s position on immigration reform and shares her perspective on the appropriate Christian response to immigration issues. The church needs to prayerfully join the conversation and restore balance and justice where it’s lacking.
Jenny Yang & Matthew Soerens :: What is the Secure Communities program?
Jenny Yang & Matthew Soerens :: What can we do for undocumented immigrants currently suffering under poor work conditions?
Jenny Yang & Matthew Soerens :: Which current presidential candidate most strongly supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
Matthew Soerens & Jenny Yang :: Will immigration reform hurt or repel people seeking asylum?
White House Panel :: Doesn’t the Faith Based Initiative violate separation of church and state?
White House Panel :: Is there a way to access all the different government aid programs?
White House Panel :: On the Childhood Trafficking and Victimization Act
Ed Underwood :: Immigration and Undocumented Immigrants
Ken Wytsma :: Immigration
Relief & Non-Profit Organizations
Gerry Breshears :: Should corporations be profiting from ‘doing good’?
Business as mission is sometimes accused of using poor people to make money, but is that a legitimate criticism? “What’s wrong with making money?” asks Dr. Gerry Breshears, Professor of Theology at Western Theological Seminary and Co-author with Mark Driscoll of several popular books on doctrine and the church. “The real question is ‘what do you do with that money you make?’”
Maddy deLone :: Has the Innocence Project tried to help anyone who turned out to be guilty?
Keith Wright :: Should churches partner with secular non-profits?
Ken Wytsma :: Giving Money to Churches vs. Non-profits
White House Panel :: Are there programs in the U.S. for homeless youth?
White House Panel :: How does a faith-based organization use federal funds without losing its religious identity?
James Pond :: Are any organizations addressing the demand for prostitution in Cambodia?
Keith Wright :: Are local partners necessary for effective relief work?
Keith Wright :: What do relief organizations usually need? Money? Labor?
Keith Wright :: What is the for-profit business Food for the Hungry just launched?
Stan Patyrak :: Do you use hydro geologists to find good locations for wells?
“There are areas that we’ve worked for such a long time that we generally know what we’re working with,” says Stan Patyrak, Senior Director of Partnerships for Living Water International. When Living Water knows the region, they don’t typically bring in a hydro geologist. However, when going into a new region or when operating in a country where a hydro geology report is required (like Kenya), they do.
Stan Patyrak :: Does Living Water supply any agricultural counseling after digging a well?
Stan Patyrak :: How do you select a community to receive a well?
Stan Patyrak :: How much does a well cost, and how many people does it serve?
Stan Patyrak :: What percentage of your donor base is from churches?
Stan Patyrak :: Who digs the wells, who pays for them, and how do you dig them?
Stan Patyrak :: Who manages a water supply after it’s been established?
James Pond :: Is there opposition to Transitions and their anti-trafficking work?
“We’re very concerned about the growing violence toward organizations that are involved in anti-trafficking,” says James Pond, Founder and Executive Director/Consultant at Transitions in Cambodia. Organized crime poses a very real threat to the work Transitions and organizations like it are doing in Cambodia.
James Pond :: Are there girls in Transition Global’s program dealing with substance abuse?
James Pond :: Can Transitions Global’s program work in the absence of jobs for women?
James Pond :: Christianity vs. Buddhism at Transitions Global
James Pond :: Do girls that are re-trafficked have access to Transition Global’s program?
James Pond :: Does Transitions Global teach victims of sex trafficking how to develop healthy relationships?
James Pond :: How are girls referred to Transitions Global?
James Pond :: How does Transitions Global address medical issues?
James Pond :: What is Transitions Global’s process and success rate?
James Pond :: What kind of worldview do the girls in Transitions Global’s program have?
Don Golden :: How is World Relief engaging and empowering churches?
We used to function under the ‘pay, pray, and get out of the way’ method, “God is more pragmatic than that,” says Don Golden, Senior Vice President of Church Engagement at World Relief. World Relief has partnered with about 30 mega-churches at all different levels and have seen change come from those. The goal is to now make that work for smaller churches. “One of the key catalysts to this is a learning community.”
Don Golden :: How is World Relief involved in rebuilding Haiti?
Don Golden :: What is World Relief doing to fight human trafficking?
Don Golden :: What is World Relief’s involvement in micro finance and Kiva.org?
Marcel Serabungo :: What is unique about World Relief?
Ken Wytsma :: Do World Relief workers fly coach and/or get government assistance?