A chapel sermon at Luther Seminary Lent II | February 17, 2016 True Citizenship Philippians 3:17-4:1 I. We live in a very strange country. Take, for example, the reality that our presidential election season lasts the length of five or six actual seasons. Farmers can plant and harvest and plant another entire crop in the […]
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.
One of the interesting outcomes of living simply is appreciating stuff more. For most of us, things have fairly little value because we think of them as expendable, multiple, replaceable. But for those who are part of the movement, the few items they own take on increased significance—increased, at least, in the sense of personal reflection and appreciation. If one only owns 100 things, these things must take on a different significance than the thousands of things most Americans own.