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Evangelicals, Global Relief, and 'the Sin of Sodom'

There's a remarkable article in Saturday's New York Times by Nicholas Kristof: Learning from the Sin of Sodom.

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The article gives a fair shake to Evangelicals in foreign aid and singles out World Vision and Rich Stearns. This is a very positive portrayal of the important work of Evangelicals in global poverty fighting.

On the other hand, there is an interesting comment thread connected to the article that contains Olympic-level criticism of Christians in global relief.

Both docs are helpful for Evangelical poverty-fighters to keep in mind as we do our work at home and around the world.

By the way, wondering what the sin of Sodom is? It's not exactly what you think. She was "arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned" -- sound familiar? Read the biblical passage.

portrait-rodolfo-carrascoRodolpho Carrasco has served in urban ministry for 19 years and blogs at

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