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.
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.
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 […]