Serving Your Community

In this episode, Drs. Darrell Bock and Brian Fikkert discuss alleviating poverty, focusing on how best to help those in need and emphasizing each person's dignity from being made in the image of God.

About the Contributors

Dr. Brian Fikkert

Brian Fikkert

Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development. 

 

He is coauthor of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself as well as: 

  • Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions 
  • Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence  
  • From Dependence to Dignity: How to Alleviate Poverty Through Church-Centered Microfinance 
  • Practicing the King’s Economy: Honoring Jesus in How we Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give 
  • Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream  
  • A Field Guide to Becoming Whole: Principles for Poverty Alleviation Ministries  

 

Dr. Fikkert earned a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, specializing in international economics and economic development. He is the author of numerous articles in both academic and popular journals. Prior to coming to Covenant College in 1997, he was a professor at the University of Maryland—College Park and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. 

 

He and his wife Jill have 3 adult children and live in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, writes for the Christianity Today’s Places and Space series, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College, Chosen People Ministries, the Institute for Global Engagement, and Christians in Public Service (CIPS). His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.