Five Articles That Made Us Think

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Every Friday our team recommends five thought-provoking articles from the past week that touch on issues of faith, justice, activism, purpose, calling, risk, or failure.

Consider this your curated weekend reading list.

Water Inequality Photos Put Privilege Into Perspective

by Eleanor Goldberg

“Over the past 25 years, more underserved communities have gained greater access to clean water, but the disparities still remain vast between rich and poor areas. Across the globe, 663 million people are living without potable water, an injustice that has serious consequences, particularly for young people. Waterborne illnesses remain a leading cause of death for children under 5, killing one kid per minute.”

It’s Expensive To Be Poor

by Matt Damon and Gary White

“Clean water and proper sanitation are the most basic building blocks to a healthy life, yet one in three people on the planet cannot access one or both. When it takes hours every day to find and collect water, it is almost impossible to find time for commerce and community. A family becomes trapped in an endless cycle of poverty.”

12 Books Every Social Justice Advocate Should Read

by C. Christopher Smith

“If you want to see God’s justice come on earth as it is in heaven, and you are working with your church and your neighbors toward this end, here are a dozen important books to challenge and encourage you.”

If a Tree Falls on a Dirt Road, Will Rural People Get Water?

by Alexander Eaton

“A staggering 2.4 billion people today do not have access to sanitation facilities. The lack of toilets undermines achievements in clean water and healthcare by allowing fecal-borne diseases to thrive. Fewer than one-in-three people in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to improved sanitation facilities. India also stands out where more than 750 million people — 60 percent of the country — do not have access to a toilet.”

Why Now is The Church’s Moment & It Will Take All of Us Not to Miss It

by Ann Voskamp

“In our time, in this moment of history, you can get to be the hands of Jesus and have a part in the redemptive story that He wants to write through you and your people, your church, for such a time as now.

So we can turn to our grandkids — and say:
“It was unfolding on our watch — and God Himself moved… through our willing yes.”
He will turn & say:  “I was a stranger and you welcomed Me in.”

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