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Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
Books by T. M. Moore

The Poor with Us

January 22, 2011

The Poor with Us--Helping the poor in our day is typically a project accomplished “at a distance,” as it were.

Justice at Law

January 21, 2011

Justice at Law--We are familiar with the complaints that the American system of justice leans toward the wealthy and takes advantage of the poor.

The Least of These

January 20, 2011

The Least of These--We note also the special attention given to caring for widows and orphans.

Strangers and Sojourners--"You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt."

Altogether Now

January 18, 2011

Altogether Now--Help to the poor comes most profitably when it is in the form of a loan.

Caring for the Poor

January 17, 2011

Caring for the Poor--Jesus reminded us that we would always have opportunities to care for the poor, and that we should be faithful in doing so (Mk. 14.7).

The eighth commandment

Deuteronomy 15.11

“‘For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, “You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.”’”

Psalm 41.1; Galatians 2.10

Jesus reminded us that we would always have opportunities to care for the poor, and that we should be faithful in doing so (Mk. 14.7). The Law of God provides guidance in the exercise of mercy and grace. As God, Who is wholly good and just, reaches to us in mercy and grace, so His Law enables us to reflect His character in our relationships with our neighbors. Not to care for the poor, and even to be indifferent to their needs, is a form of stealing from them what God intends them to have.

Note also the exhortation to generosity in dealing with the poor: “open wide your hand.” We are hereby reminded, as in all the statutes for this commandment, that the earth is the Lord’s and we are but stewards of whatever He determines to entrust to us. As He is lavish in giving to us, so we must be lavish toward those who, for a variety of reasons, may have fallen on hard times.

Moreover, these acts of lavish mercy and grace are to be voluntary, not compelled by government. When governments try to become the conscience of their people by requiring what God commands should come from the heart, they create resentment, division, and waste in the use of God’s resources. Whatever does not flow from love for neighbor can only increase the distance between us and them, not bring us closer to one another.

This series of In the Gates we present a detailed explanation of the Law of God, beginning with the Ten Commandments, and working through the statutes and rules that accompany each commandment. For a practical guide to the role of God’s Law in the practice of ethics, get The Ground for Christian Ethics by going to www.ailbe.org and click on our Book Store.

Never Too Old

January 18, 2011

His mission was to establish the banner of truth and advance the Kingdom of Christ.

Be the First

January 14, 2011

Go ahead. Give them Jesus.

Live Forever?

January 13, 2011

Can the Internet grant us immortality?

Of Logs and Specks

January 13, 2011

We must be watchful for one another.

Whatever it is we're doing in the name of reaching the lost isn't working.

Putting Students First

January 11, 2011

Americans support a huge and cumbersome system of public schools.

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