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A wave of anti-feeding laws enforced this summer in cities nationwide has met with mixed sentiments from homeless ministries.

In Dallas, those interested in feeding the homeless must first become certified via a city-run food handlers' class. Denver ...

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J Thomas

September 06, 2012  2:49am

Civil disobedience is necessary here. Dare these politicians stand against a unified church who insists on meeting the needs of the destitute? Will they bring squads with riot gear down to ascend on church workers feeding the needy? Let them come. Let them show America what these politicians desire. Let them show American people just what has happened to our communities and how oppressive our government has become. Not only will they oppress the poor, but they'll oppress the good Samaritan as well. Let's get out our iPhones and videotape them brutalizing people for feeding the poor. The church must be unified in this. I have worked with the needy for a long time, and some of these folks are incapable of providing for themselves. There are mentally ill folks out there who are just tossed to the wind. We need to be able to fill in the gap for them and help them with such a basic need as food.

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Mark Matthias

September 05, 2012  5:33pm

Today's events are prophetically warranted. We have been given so much information about what to expect in these last days. "And because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold." The church is not doing its job and are consequently falling like dominoes. We are surrounded by men who are, "holding a form of godliness, although they have denied its power." Yet it is increasingly clear that our Lord is at the door. In the mean time we do His work, which certainly includes helping those in need, regardless of insensitive politics.

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David Apple

September 05, 2012  3:33pm

Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, has ministered to its homeless neighbors since 1984 by providing relationships and hospitality inside the church. The ministry itself is simple: come to the table together; sit, eat, and talk. The philosophy of ministry, too, is simple: show up, build trust, offer hope. No gimmicks, no hype, no pressure. It is a ministry of faith that has one paid staff and over one hundred unpaid staff. And through this ministry many, many homeless and addicted persons have not only let Jesus do business with their addictions, but with their entire lives. Because of the healthy relationships established, a good number view Tenth as a safe place to come and have become members here and at other Bible believing churches. Tenth's model is to invite the stranger in and turn him/her into a guest, removing any stigma, and loving them in the name of Jesus. Because of this ministry, Tenth's body life has become richer.

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Maurice Smith

September 05, 2012  12:10pm

I serve on the board of a homeless shelter that began seven years ago with a husband and wife who felt led by God to make sandwiches, drive downtown at 2AM and hand them out to the homeless on the street. Today we shelter and feed 40 + homeless men every night. I have 2 other friends who began ministry on the streets in the same way (handing out sandwiches) and today (4 years later) conduct one of the largest homeless outreaches in our city twice a year and they do it under a freeway overpass where the homeless live. "Toxic Charity" and "When Helping Hurts" may be wonderfully postmodern approaches embraced by the institutional church today, but they are impediments to serving "the least of these". Stop trying to take responsibility for outcomes or trying to "hold people accountable" and focus on your own call to Christ-like obedience. Jesus in in charge of outcomes. Not us.

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