Tag Archives: Money

Creative Political Tension

Politics: Week 1 Creative Political Tension Tuesday, July 10, 2018 I see our species’ collective shadow on full display today in the United States, exposing intolerance and bigotry at deep levels. Under the guise of avoiding political correctness, truth-telling has been twisted into fear-mongering and scapegoating. When humans cannot face and embrace the insecurities inside… Continue Reading Creative Political Tension

Scarcity or Abundance?

Economy: Week 2 Scarcity or Abundance? Thursday, July 5, 2018 God as Trinity reveals an economy of grace—overflowing love. The Gospel stories of “multiplication” clearly show a world view of abundance. When Jesus feeds a crowd with very little food, he’s revealing the nature of spiritual reality more than just performing a miracle (see Matthew… Continue Reading Scarcity or Abundance?

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

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. —Hafiz, paraphrased by Daniel Ladinsky [1] The economy of exploitative profit has no place in… 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

Learning to See

Bias from the Bottom: Week 2 Learning to See Monday, March 28, 2016 I would have never seen my own white privilege if I had not been forced outside of my dominant white culture by travel, by working in the jail, by hearing stories from counselees, and frankly, by making a complete fool of myself… Continue Reading Learning to See

Scarcity or Abundance?

Grace: Week 1 Scarcity or Abundance? Friday, January 29, 2016 The flow of grace through us is largely blocked when we are living inside a worldview of scarcity, a feeling that there’s just not enough: enough of God, enough of me, enough food, enough mercy to include and forgive all faults. The problem is exacerbated… Continue Reading Scarcity or Abundance?

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