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.
The call to welcome the refugee is practically an essential tenant of Christianity, and yet after the Paris terrorists attacks, many Christians are calling to halt our (already paltry) resettlement of Syrian refugees. This reaction is difficult for me to understand, but like many irrational responses, I suspect it’s based in fear: fear of terrorism, […]
In my first few weeks directing the Center for Stewardship Leaders, it’s been fascinating to observe how often the topic of budgets comes up. Pastors, non-profit leaders, money managers, students, and others have all encouraged me, with the center’s resources, to emphasize the importance of careful budgeting. A common sub-theme of these conversations is the […]
“Worldview” is one of those handy words that seems somewhat sophisticated….except that, it isn’t.
I was hanging out with some colleague friends last week when I mentioned the NDSU field education credits I was working towards this semester. Part of my progress towards that work is blogging my reflections teaching Word for the Wise: Writing for Religious & Social Change this semester at Concordia. Immediately, you could see the light […]