Does God Hate the Rich?

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Feb 10, 2017 11:23:23 AM

Recently we ran a series on God’s love for the poor which, in my mind at least, begs the question: “How does he feel about the rich?” Does he love them less? Isn’t God’s love blind, non-discriminatory? Why the distinction? And, if God loves the poor more, shouldn’t we all be scrambling to join their ranks?


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Who Are the Poor?

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Dec 30, 2016 8:59:31 AM


This is the third part of a series by UGM Marketing Director Barbara Comito.

So far in this series, we’ve pretty well established that God does indeed love the poor and that he calls us to love them, as well.

 At the risk of sounding like the legalist whose question prompted Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, I still find this question a valid one: Who are the “poor” people whom God calls us to love?

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What Does it Mean to Love the Poor?

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Dec 20, 2016 1:59:13 PM

In her last post, Barbara revisited what the Bible says about God's instruction for us to "love the poor." Here, she digs deeper into what that phrase means.

Love the poor. Three simple words, and the middle one is a non-starter, so two words – “love” and “poor.” Doesn’t seem terribly complicated, and yet, the more I think about those words, the more trouble I have articulating exactly what they mean and what we are being asked, perhaps commanded, to do.

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Does God Call You to Love the Poor?

Posted by Barbara Comito, Marketing Director Dec 8, 2016 1:41:16 PM

Editor's note: This is Part 1 in a three-part series about loving the poor.  Part 2 explores the meaning of the word "love"in this context, and Part 3 considers who "the poor" are.  

For almost nine years, I’ve been writing about loving the poor. I’ve been encouraging you to do it. I’ve been encouraging everyone I know, and lots of people I don’t know, to love the poor, to care about the addicted, to give so that the Union Gospel Mission might welcome the homeless and provide the means for them to make their lives better.

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10 Lessons I keep learning at the Union Gospel Mission: Part 1

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Jul 2, 2014 10:34:00 AM

Editor's Note: Washington State University professor David Wang is a volunteer in the day room at UGM. His is a ministry of relationship or, as David calls it, "presence." Here he shares what he has learned and continues to learn from spending time with men at the UGM shelter.

What I learned while working with the homeless

By David Wang, UGM high-impact volunteer

1. There is a large community of the poor with huge needs right in our midst.

It is good to be with these folks.  The Scriptures say much about direct ministry to the poor.  Isaiah 58:6-7: “Is this not the fast that I have chosen? To bring bread to the hungry, and to bring the outcast into my house?”  It means a lot to be accepted by some from this community; to be on a first-name basis with some of them. 

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The Year in Review: How Did God Show His Love for the Poor in 2013?

Posted by ugminlandnorthwest Dec 31, 2013 3:49:00 PM

Last December, we took a look at the words “God with us” and launched our focus for the first half of 2013 on Isaiah 61:1-3. Those three verses paint a pretty good picture of what God is doing within the ministries of the Union Gospel Mission, and from January through July, we examined that work by taking a closer look at particular phrases one by one.

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