Tag Archives: wealth

On the use of money

If you want to find God, the first step is to listen to God with the “ear of your heart.” It’s hard work, but it’s essential work if we are to grow into the abundant life Jesus offers (John 10:10). As Christians, the first teacher we learn to listen to is Jesus as we find […]

A little R&R

Did Jesus really say we can’t be his disciple if we don’t give up all our possessions (Luke 14:33)? Think how hard it would be if we did that. How would you hold your breakfast cereal? How would you brush your teeth in the morning? If that’s what he meant, there would be a lot […]

The use of money

It reads like a political action committee’s guideline for how to deal with Congress: “make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes” (Luke 16:9). In fact, it’s how Jesus teaches his disciples about managing money. He knew that “the children […]

Mind the gap

If there’s any fairness in God’s justice, it’s not easy to see, at least as it’s depicted by Jesus. In the old commercial for Smith-Barney, John Houseman said of the company, “They make money the old-fashioned way. They earn it.” We have to work for the rewards we get in life, and we get what […]

A radical choice

Is America crazy? That’s the question raised last week by Leonard Pitts, a columnist for the Miami Herald. He was writing about gun control following last week’s shootings at the Washington Naval Yard, and he mentioned the eighty – yes, eighty – mass shootings that have occurred worldwide since 1996, sixty-two of them in the […]