The aid organization Oxfam International recently published a report showing that the richest 1% of the population has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined. In 1889, Andrew Carnegie warned about giving alms or charity—which, in his view, too often rewarded vice—and instead pushed for the establishment of public institutions that would improve the general condition of people by providing “the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise.”
An essay of mine went up today at the BTS Center’s Bearings blog. In it, I explore the narratives around financial success schemes, personal agency, and the great movie The Big Short. Check it out by clicking here, or on the image below.
Let me be clear, Palmer is not your usual church stewardship type. For one, she’s not traditionally religious. Second, she’s a punk cabaret artist known for her intense performance style that often includes nudity, and always profanity. But, she’s thought deeply about the human acts of giving and asking, and Palmer’s book is an ode to the art of inviting people to collaborate through their gifts, whatever those may be.
Each Advent, as we prepare again for Christ’s birth and return, it is good to examine what exactly we’re celebrating. Christ’s vision of God’s economy was very different from the one that we’ve created today in which 80 people hold about the same amount of wealth as 3.6 billion people, or half of the world’s population.
Last night at the Republican debate the candidates received this question, via a Facebook video clip. Q: My name is Carla Hernandez. I’m from the University of Texas at Austin. And my question is directed to all the candidates. If the Bible clearly states that we need to embrace those in need and not fear, […]