There was a very interesting idea in the conclusions of Blomberg’s Neither Poverty Nor Riches.
And here’s what I know: I know there are readers of this blog who have the resources to get something like this going at New Hope Church or at your own church. So, why not?:
Tom Sine tells the story of a church in Seattle that decided to raise funds so that the young first-time home buyers could pay cash outright for their property. There Christians then contracted to pay back to the church what their mortgage payments would have been to fund further ministry and create more home-buying opportunities for other church members. When one considers that the average Westerner spends more on repaying a home mortgage (principle plus interest) than on any other single lifetime expenditure, it is tragic that more Christians are not seeking to replicate this model (250-1).