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WCF.M4.L13 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Analyze why it can be said to be true that “poverty is a luxury we can no longer afford.”
  • Examine implications for international development of the worldwide distribution of per capita income.
  • Discuss some of the resources for overcoming unequal development to be found within the biblical tradition.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 54Lesson 13 Introduction

  • General

  • Consider Christian responsibility to the poor in the past and now.
  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 1-6ch. 33 Issues for the Future: Urbanization and the Poor

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 272-273Development
  • 711-712Option for the Poor
  • 817-818Relief Work
  • 1008-1009Wealth and Poverty

  • Thomas, ed: Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity
  • 171d-173Chandran: Universal Revelation and Indigenous Faith
  • 171d-173WCC: From Indigenization to Contextualization

  • Myers: Walking With the Poor
  • 20-56Chapter 2: The Biblical Story

  • Myers: Exploring World Mission
  • 67-71Challenges to Mission: the Least Reached

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 248-255South Asia, Southeast Asia, Japan, China
  • 256-257Africa since 1939

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 486-489Africa and Oceania
  • 541-548Review: Social and Cultural Change since 1945
  • 296-297Review: Chronological Chart

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 592-597#93 World Relief: The State of the World Need
  • 610-614#97 Grigg: The Urban Poor: Who Are We?

  • Samuel, ed.: Mission as Transformation
  • 236-238What is Good about Good News to the Poor?

  • Walls, ed.: Mission in the 21st Century
  • 46-61Melba Maggay and Haami Chapman: To Respond to Human Need by Loving Service

  • Butare: International Development from a Kingdom Perspective
  • 67-74Franklin: Holistic Help for Peoples of the Earth

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 55Lesson 13 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 356Global Teams: Module 4 Global Teams Inductive Bible Study Guidelines: Study H: Applying the Word

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 262-266Colombia
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

Ministry to the Poor

Thomas, ed: Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity

162d-175a EMC of Bolivia: A Liberating Evangelism

176b-180a Mission as Contextualization

Harries: Heart-led Development: an East-African Study


Earhart, ed: Religious Traditions of the World

469b-475a Fishbane: Judaism in Israel and the U.S.

Johnson: A History of the Jews

542b-560a Zion

Reflection Questions
  • Why might the statement be made that “poverty is a luxury we can no longer afford”? What implications do you see for cross-cultural workers?

  • Search online for a chart showing the GNP per Capita Income to find out the worldwide distribution of per capita income. What are some of the implications for international development?

  • What are some of the resources available within biblical faith for addressing crucial issues of development among the poor?