Our trickle-down congregational economics

Dec 7, 2017 by

A proposed congregational mission statement: To be good news for the poor, to heal the broken, to proclaim release for prisoners, to restore sight to the blind, to advocate for the oppressed, and to celebrate...

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The economy of Jesus

Aug 15, 2016 by

Capitalism is killing Christianity. When a seminary friend first suggested this theory to me a year ago, I thought it was overblown. I have no affinity for capitalism as an economic system. I’m as much an...

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Table talk

Mar 14, 2016 by

When I was growing up, our family dinner table was a favorite gathering place. We often had guests, and conversations were lively. Occasionally disagreements would arise, but my parents modeled hospitality...

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A middle ground to being a Christian on Black Friday

Nov 25, 2015 by

Historically speaking, I’ve been someone who has been anti-materialism, anti-consumerism and, by extension, anti-Black Friday. And, why not? After setting aside a day to be thankful for what we have,...

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Why don’t churches thank us when we give them money?

Sep 11, 2015 by

Churches survive because people give them money. Sure, that’s a simplification, but I stand by it. And I think the church needs to say “thank you” more. Lots of other charities rely on donations...

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As our economy recovers, should we celebrate?

Apr 13, 2015 by

There are promising signs of economic recovery everywhere, we’re told. Stock market numbers are three times higher than during the recent depression. Employment numbers are up. Consumer confidence is on...

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Love, money go together

Aug 18, 2014 by

The text for Aug. 24 is part of the same letter we studied for Aug. 17: Paul’s “letter of tears” in which he seeks reconciliation with his wayward Corinthian house churches. The same theme prevails: Paul...

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