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Changing Sides

Economy: Week 2 Changing Sides Wednesday, July 4, 2018 U.S. Independence Day God chose things the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise. And God chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. —1 Corinthians 1:27 You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor… Continue Reading Changing Sides

The Economy of War

Economy: Week 2 The Economy of War Tuesday, July 3, 2018 My spiritual father, St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), was a nonviolent and “soft” prophet—keeping God free for people and people free for God—during a pivotal period when Western civilization was moving into rationality, consumerism, and nonstop war. Francis himself was a soldier and his… Continue Reading The Economy of War

The Power of Money

Economy: Week 2 The Power of Money Monday, July 2, 2018 As I shared yesterday, we’ve made God in our own image—a projection of our human fears and insecurities. Ironically, our image of God also creates us. As a result, Christianity has often been oppressive, violent, and prejudiced against women, just like our image of… Continue Reading The Power of Money

Let God Be God

Economy: Week 2 Let God Be God Sunday, July 1, 2018 It takes a long time for us to allow God to be who God really is. Our natural egocentricity wants to make God into who we want God to be. The role of prophets and good theology is to keep people free for God… Continue Reading Let God Be God

Economy: Week 1 Summary

Economy: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, June 24-Friday, June 29, 2018 There is no authentic God experience that does not situate you in the world in a different way. You see things differently, and you have the security to be free from your usual loyalties: privilege, position, group, and economy. (Sunday) What is Western culture’s primary… Continue Reading Economy: Week 1 Summary

Changing Our Economy

Economy: Week 1 Changing Our Economy Friday, June 29, 2018 Pope Francis often says, “This economy kills.” [1] The divide between the wealthy and the poor in the United States continues to grow. A handful of billionaires are literally “making a killing,” while millions who live below the poverty line are “making a dying,” and… Continue Reading Changing Our Economy

Usury: The Root of Evil

Economy: Week 1 Usury: The Root of Evil Thursday, June 28, 2018 Even After All this time The Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look What happens With a love like that, It lights the whole sky. —Daniel Ladinsky [1] The economy of exploitative profit has no place in God’s kingdom. The… Continue Reading Usury: The Root of Evil

The Cost of Consumption

Economy: Week 1 The Cost of Consumption Wednesday, June 27, 2018 People hate this kind of talk. Raw truth is never popular. —Amos 5:10, The Message Coming to grips with the history and reality of our money culture is challenging. But with awareness comes opportunity and motivation for change. Contemplative practice helps me hold the… Continue Reading The Cost of Consumption

Protecting the System

Economy: Week 1 Protecting the System Tuesday, June 26, 2018 When the economic institution is our primary lens, as it is in the U.S., religion tends to be diluted by pragmatic, win/lose, and power attitudes. God is bought and sold more than loved, waited for, or surrendered to. This is why Jesus’ anger (and even… Continue Reading Protecting the System

Inalienable Rights

Economy: Week 1 Inalienable Rights Monday, June 25, 2018 No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. —Matthew 6:24 In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus critiques and reorders the values… Continue Reading Inalienable Rights

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