Reviews 

Book Review: Boomerang

Boomerang by Michael Lewis My rating: 4 of 5 stars The financial crisis of 2008 was a shocking event. But I’m willing to bet you have no idea how shocking it really was. That happens when you truly realise the scale of the greed, duplicity & stupidity of the staggeringly small number of people involved who managed to bankrupt entire nations. Here Lewis tours Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany & the US to discover how whole nations got themselves into a massive mess. No one comes out looking good. In Boomerang,…

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What is the weight of sin?

A few days ago my friend Matt Hosier wrote this post in which he (rightly) pointed out that our society has some strange ideas about what to tolerate or not tolerate. His examples were our strange acceptance of promiscuity and our hostile rejection of obesity. I wondered (in a comment on his post) whether Matt had gone a bit far in saying obesity didn’t matter, I wondered whether it wasn’t in fact linked to sin in some way. I posted a comment and in reply I got this post. The…

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Tibbert on: Leading in a time of financial crisis

Steve Tibbert has a good post about speaking into a nation whose god is Mammon. He says, “Man’s greed and the security he has sought in financial gain have resulted in nations turning away from God. Trusting in the acquisition of property, shares, pensions, and in the dream that ‘if I own more I will be happy’ has created a ‘more’ monster in all of us.” Read the whole thing here.

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Josh Harris on a good recession

Tony Reinke links to some of Josh Harris’ recent sermons on the economic situation and pulls out some great quotes. I particularly like this one… “Our definition of need has been super-sized by our culture of consumption. So we think that we need not only to eat, but to eat food that we love, and preferably to eat out. We think that we not only need to be clothed, but to wear the latest fashion and have five of everything. We think we need more than just a roof over…

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Consuming Reflections: Crushed to death

One of the projects I’ve set myself this year is to meditate more on what I read in the Bible each day. But I’m no good at just letting it simply swill around in my head which is where blogging comes in, I thought I’d reflect on verses that relate to money, greed, generosity or whatever other issues strike me as related to living authentic Christian lives in a consumer society. In my daily readings I’m in the Book of Job and a fair bit of the discussion relates to…

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