God, poverty and faith

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Robert Coles, a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1973, was an intellectual man of standing who passionately loved Jesus.

It was to “the poor” that he dedicated his life and work.  After immersing himself in a world that was not his own, in the messiness of broken and poverty stricken lives, he began to see something quite remarkable.  A life of faith, a reality in Jesus Christ that shocked his intellectual mind into a curious alertness.  Week after week he saw poor people, living lives of actual misery and poverty, changed by what happened within their wild and loud church services.  Was the minister in charge a con artist?  Was this a classic form of social manipulation?  But what he found helped him to be found: Tired people came away renewed, oppression lessened, even hatred lost some power! Continue reading