What everyone missed in 'the elephant room' controversy

A while ago there was a storm in an internet teacup about the second Elephant Room conference over the invitation to TD Jakes, who it is said, holds heretical views on the Trinity. It was quite a big hoo-ha. But that wasn’t the only thing they should have made a fuss about. In his original invitation (no longer on the site), organiser James Macdonald said, “I am also excited to hear him state his views on money, which may be closer to Scripture than the monasticism currently touring the Reformed world.” In…

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The financial crisis: it's part in our life

The financial crisis affects everybody but not everybody equally. Working in the charity sector (and more specifically, the church) insulated us from much of it and our church was fortunate in that very few were hit by redundancies. Now that we’re in a blissful mortgage free state (and house free state) in another country I thought I’d reflect a little on this ongoing mess we call the global economy. On a personal level I think it would be fair to say that we were net beneficiaries of the parlous state of…

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The financial crisis: it’s part in our life

The financial crisis affects everybody but not everybody equally. Working in the charity sector (and more specifically, the church) insulated us from much of it and our church was fortunate in that very few were hit by redundancies. Now that we’re in a blissful mortgage free state (and house free state) in another country I thought I’d reflect a little on this ongoing mess we call the global economy. On a personal level I think it would be fair to say that we were net beneficiaries of the parlous state of…

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Money, materialism and the Gospel – Links

Over the past few weeks while blogging has been low, I’ve kept my eye on a number of blogs (mostly because Google Reader doesn’t have a holiday option). Here is a collection on simplicity, money and the Gospel. First up is an excellent three part (so far) series by Martin Charlesworth: Does it matter how rich we are?, The paradox of money, wealth and materialism and simplicity – the first step Simplicity by the way is not this (HT: Challies) Trevor Saxby also has some good posts responding to Martin Charlesworth, on…

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I give therefore I am (10.06.2011)

I’ve done this for a few weeks now, but I might see if it can become a regular habit of ending the week with some thoughts on money and giving. What do you think? PJ Smyth summarised Richard Foster’s thoughts on the discipline of simplicity Rob Mason demonstrated the best of the blogosphere by reading a post written in South Africa, reading it and engaging with it as he thinks about simplicity & finances For me though I think that simplicity is not enough as an end in itself which…

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I give therefore I am (03.06.2011)

Another round of links to do with giving, money and materialism Let’s start with ten dangers of materialism Get your own finances in order by working on a personal budget Think about how faith and money interact with each other, especially if you work with money (HT: Mark Meynell) Then discover fabulous generosity Make sure your giving is effective Value people over possessions And invest in a bank that cannot fail

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I give therefore I am (17.05.2011)

The more observant among you may have noticed a difference in the title of this regular blog post and that’s because today’s links all have something to do with giving, generosity or resisting the temptation to spend, spend, spend! To kick us off Craig Groeschel writes about the relationship between wealth and generosity All of which is good reason to be aware of the forces at work when you go shopping Marcus Honeysett reflects on how comfort and middle-class comfort in particular can so often fall short of what the…

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Is Christianity more like communism or capitalism?

That’s the question asked by a recent study in America. Here’s one unsurprising finding for you: Income seemed to influence the survey. 46 percent of people with incomes of $100,000 a year or more believe that capitalism is consistent with Christianity, while only 23 percent of those with incomes of $30,000 or less said so. No kidding. On the other side of the coin Dan Partridge admits, “There are elements of Communism that resonate in my heart and mind. I like the emphases on social justice, one people working towards…

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