Brain Fikkert is an economics professor and author who wants to see a change in poverty in the world. He not only redefines poverty as a fundamentally relational problem, but he presents a whole new method of how followers of Jesus can serve the poor.
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Key insights from the episode:
Good intentions are not enough. – Brian Fikkert
Incorrect helping can create an even bigger divide. – Zach Zehnder
One of the primary features of poverty is a sense of shame, a sense of inadequacy. – Brian Fikkert
Effective ministry to the poor is highly relational and takes a long time! – Brian Fikkert
Poverty is fundamentally relational in problem and takes relational solutions to get fixed. – Brian Fikkert
Real love means restoring people to humanness. – Brian Fikkert
The number one problem with churches in America is that they provide relief when what people really need is development. – Brian Fikkert
Our souls are screaming out, “I’m made for a certain kind of habitat, and the habitat I’m in isn’t the right one.” – Brian Fikkert
There is a superficial kind of love, peace, and joy. Why do we crush happiness? Just because there is a superficial kind doesn’t mean there isn’t genuine, God-given happiness. – Zach Zehnder
Jesus was always trying to restore people to humanness. – Brian Fikkert
When it comes to helping the poor, our message isn’t do less. It’s do more, but let’s do it differently. – Brian Fikkert
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Some not-so-key insights:
Brian Fikkert is 6’10”.
Brian’s primary spiritual gift is offensiveness.
Bathroom stalls/fitting rooms are the worst for tall people.
Zach and Brian share a love for Sheboygan Brat Days.