Tag Archives: Mercy

A Lifestyle of Giving

Economy matters. It is at the center of Nehemiah’s rebuke of the people of Israel in Nehemiah 5. But Nehemiah’s vision for how resources should be used doesn’t fit neatly into the way I have grown up thinking about economy. … more »

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More Than Charity

The act of gleaning is not seen much in today’s world, especially in our culture. However, in the Old Testament, God required of His people to glean, specifically when it came to agriculture. This was to be an act of … more »

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Merciful or Just: How Do I Love Like Christ?

Nehemiah 5 raises the issue of the Israelites falling back into their old, sinful ways as they continue to take advantage of the poor through taxation and manipulation even after Jeremiah and Micah specifically addressed and condemned these issues. We … more »

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The Pragmatics of a Pure Heart

Sometimes I wonder what truly motivates people working in international development. As someone who has worked for a global aid organization, I know that these kinds of positions attract people with compassion and a heart for the poor. But knowing … more »

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And Justice For All

In his acts as governor, Nehemiah demonstrated a deep concern for the poor and mistreated in the land. His role in rebuilding the city of Jerusalem after it was ransacked and destroyed during the Babylonian takeover required extreme amounts of … more »

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O’ Me of Little Faith

Matthew 12: 1-14 presents the Pharisaic persecution of Jesus and his disciples who are picking grain for food on the Sabbath, an act specifically forbidden on the Sabbath. However, Jesus counters the Pharisees’ prosecution with two separate biblical examples of … more »

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Who is My Neighbor?

How should we respond to the foreigner in our midst? As 2016 clearly revealed, this is a question that generates not a small bit of controversy, both in the United States and in countries around the world. Unfortunately, this conversation … more »

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Making God’s Mercy Tangible: An Interview with Chris Sicks [Part 2 of 2]

The conversation with Chris about his book, Tangible, continues today on the long-arc of mercy, idolatry, and practical tips for engaging in acts of mercy. The first part of this interview can be found here. Adam Joyce: Throughout the book you talk about … more »

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Making God’s Mercy Tangible: An Interview with Chris Sicks [Part 1 of 2]

Chris Sicks is the Pastor of Mercy at Alexandria Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Sara have three children. We talked about his recent book Tangible: Making God Known Through Deeds of Mercy and Words of Truth. This conversation has been … more »

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