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The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Making the most of every opportunity

    Posted by John

    1 April, 2014

    One of the greatest discoveries of my adult Christian life has been the idea that God’s plan is not all about me. Most people probably learnt that pretty early on, but I’m a slow learner. This discovery has been at the forefront of my mind as we have been planning our campaigns for 2014. At the end of each year at Micah Challenge we take a look forward to the coming year and try to work out where our time and resources would be best spent. As we looked at this year, we had a clear sense that this is a year of opportunity. In light of that, we have decided to use a passage from Eph 5:15-16 as one of our motivations for the year. Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. I’m always wary of using passages like this as a simple justification for a campaign message. The word ‘opportunity’ doesn’t turn up many times in the Bible. Does it really make sense to use this reference as a justification to engage people in issues of global justice?… read more

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  • Public Christians in a post-Christian society?

    Posted by John

    21 March, 2014

    The Micah challenge team has spent the last few days at the Rethinking: Public Faith Conference in Sydney. Our teacher, guide and conversation partner over these days has been Yale Professor Miroslav Volf, who many saw on the Q&A program on Monday night. The central concept of the conference has been rethinking the way we engage with society, as opposed to what we say when we do engage. It’s an important topic. We have looked at the church’s complicity and/or lack of response on a variety of issues including child sexual abuse and our response to refugees. We have much to rethink! What do you think? What are your impressions of the way that Christians are engaging in the public space? The Conference has been food for thought personally. It has caused me to begin the process of rethinking, or engaging in fresh thinking, about the nature of our engagement around the three issues Micah Challenge is currently campaigning about. For example, as we enter into a heightened period of campaigning about transparency and tax dodging, I am reminded that we… read more

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  • Facing politicians with clear eyes and full hearts

    Posted by Marissa

    13 March, 2014

    I still remember stepping wide-eyed and heart a-pounding into my first public meeting that I was required to speak at. There was a huge audience in front of me and I could just imagine how I would feel if I said the wrong thing or if I tripped up the stairs on the way to the microphone. I had been told by family and friends not to fear and just do my best, be confident and that I would do a great job. Somehow I made it through, even managing to crack a smile and a joke as I communicated my passion. “Wow,” I thought to myself, “they were really hooked!” I was eight and I was doing my public speaking project on wok cooking – one of my favourite jobs to help out with as a kid. I had successfully impressed the crowd with a sampling of my cooking and convinced everyone of the benefits of creating a scrumptious stir-fry. Fast-forward 12 or so years and I felt the same knot in my stomach as I stepped across the threshold onto the green carpet, escorted by a well-dressed young staffer as I headed into my first ever meeting with a… read more

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  • A Biblical Framework for Social Justice

    Posted by Jasmin

    5 March, 2014

    Jasmin Howorth was the Communications intern at Micah Challenge in 2013. During her year with us, she felt challenged to delve deeper into what ‘social justice’ meant on a personal and biblical level. The following framework is her reflection on all that she has learnt about social justice in her year with us, and how to practically apply biblical foundations of justice to our modern lives. Social Justice: a biblical framework After idolatry, God says more in the Bible about social justice than any other subject, with over 2,000 verses speaking to God’s heart for the poor. So, what does social justice mean in a biblical context? According to Tim Keller, the Hebrew word for “justice” is mishpat and at its most basic level means to treat people equitably. Over and over again throughout the Old Testament mishpat refers to taking up the cause of widows, orphans, immigrants and the poor. “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.” (Isaiah 1:17)… read more

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